DIY Tool Carrier

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I have just returned from several days at the camp ground. There is nothing more relaxing than getting away for a few days to bring clarity to an otherwise cloudy mind. Now that I am back home, it’s back to the projects.

Today I built this little Tool Carrier out of birch plywood. It was an easy project, good for a beginner builder like me. I made two of these little Tool Carriers for my upcoming demonstration in Chicago at the Randolph Street Market on August 29th and 30th.

This was my first chance to really use all my new tools and try to figure out how to use them. I am pleased  to say that I had more successes than failures, as you can see by the finished product.

I am very content.



This box started as a 2′ x 4′ piece of sanded birch plywood.  I learned a lot on this project. My hubby taught me a bunch of things, and some I just had to figure out myself the best that I could.

I learned: You have to set the saw blade at just the right depth so you don’t cut the table underneath.  I also learned that you should put a scrap piece of wood under the plywood while drilling so it doesn’t break. I learned that working out in the sun is hot and tools don’t like hot weather. Who knew?


Project Directions:

Cut the 2′ x 4′ plywood into the following pieces:

3 pieces 19″ by 5 3/4″ 

2 pieces 5 3/4″ by 10″ , drill a 3/4″ hole for the dowel 1″ down from the top edge, square off corners for a decorative look if desired.

One 3/4″ birch dowel, cut to 19″ length.


You will need some 3/4″ Phillips screws with fine threads.

Sand the cut edges with a small sander until smooth. Assemble the box starting with the sides and the bottom rectangular piece.

Kreig jig and holes

I used my Kreig jig to drill 2 pocket holes to set the screws in the sides of the box. This is an optional step, you can just screw the pieces together from the bottom if you prefer. I was eager to experiment with this new contraption so I used it for this project. Add the sides to the bottom of the carrier.

tool box side

The next step is to add the sides of the box. Matching edges, screw near the top and bottom to hold all the pieces in place. I found out the hard way that you should never screw so close to the raw edges of the wood, they tend to splinter. It is best to keep your screws at least 1″ away from the top and bottom edge of the box.

Add the other side piece the same way. The last step is to insert the wooden dowel through the hole in the top.

end of tool carrier


You could secure the dowel with wood glue if needed, my dowel slid into the hole relatively easily and seems to be staying in place just fine. I filled some Mason Jars and added them to the box for a quick garden display. Don’t you just love hydrangeas?

I haven’t put any color on this box yet, since I will be demonstrating how to do that at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago. Can’t wait for this event! If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and check out my demonstration at 2:00pm Sunday August 30th.

My finished box will be used to hold Art supplies for the back to school season and donated to charity.  The blogger community is helping to support Heidi Swapp, a fellow blogger who recently lost her son to suicide.


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