Neighbor D and I made a thing!

I’ve had a couple of recent gigs away from the cabin that required tools, and was annoyed at my lack of a practical tote. So Torso Boy and I spent a couple of hours in Neighbor D’s very capable woodshop making one.


D&L spent a year and a half constructing their earthbag workshop before they ever did a thing on their massive strawbale & earthbag extravaganza of a house. Some of it was for the learning experience, to make their fundamental mistakes on the shop instead of the house. And some of it was because they were really going to need a big well-equipped woodshop. They’ve got the only homestead I know with solar-powered 240 volts.


Torso Boy has been complaining about being left alone at the cabin so much, so I thought I’d experiment by letting him tag along. He did pretty well for a first try, though he didn’t like the power tool noise – or the sawdust. Every time we made a cut he’d spend two minutes gagging.


And there it is: Nothing fancy, and much chunkier material than I would have chosen – it weighs almost eight pounds empty, which is slightly ridiculous. But it’s all routed and very tightly joined. I could have knocked something together and it would have worked – but it wouldn’t have been half as nice or durable.

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13 Responses to Neighbor D and I made a thing!

  1. DaveS says:

    Looks great! It’s nice to have access to a shop equipped with the right tools for the job!

  2. Robert says:

    Purty! So, no five-gallon bucket?

  3. Joel says:

    They work, but they’re not the best solution.

  4. TK421a says:

    If you build something slightly ridiculous and it works, it ain’t ridiculous even in the slightest amount. 👍

    After looking at the workshop photos, I have to admit I’m a little jealous. It sure beats the hell out of my 10’X12″ workshop.

  5. It looks like D is doing well. Good news. Your creation looks like it will be someone’s cherished antique one of these days.

  6. John in Philly says:

    One of the great things about wood/plywood is that you can apply what you learned on this tool tote to the next one.
    I do like the shop.

  7. matismf says:

    You should have made it into saddle bags that you could plop on Laddie’s back!

  8. Zelda says:

    What a shop!! Lovely. Your tool holder is elegant and durable -sign and date it so everyone will know when it reaches antique age. Nostalgia of the aged – I remember when making one of those was part of growing up. I have the 5 gallon plastic bucket with the canvas tool holder insert that folds over the top of the bucket and a piece of small diameter foam pipe insulation to cushion the handle. Things do fall out. But it was cheap and when the bucket cracks cheap or free to replace but not degradable in the landfill.

  9. Ben says:

    In my working years, I had a homemade tool tote that also functioned as a work stool. I forgot to take it home when I retired, so I’ll bet it’s still being used by someone.

  10. terrapod says:

    Very nice work, but I got you beat on weight.

    40 years ago made very much same pattern only I used an old melamine table top on plywood (no sawdust boards back then) to make the parts for assembly along with a broom handle sacrificed for the cause. Still have it but don’t lug it because age.(of erstwhile carpenter). Maybe with some wheels?? Hmmm.

  11. Norman says:

    While much has often been done with little, to paraphrase Churchill, tools, good ones, especially premium power tools, are just as essential to premium products and projects as expertise. What’s frequently overlooked or sacrificed, however, is the expense of space in which to use them which makes the tools so valuable.

  12. matismf says:

    Now this:
    https://www.buzznick.com/corgi-butt-leggings/
    is what you truly need!
    }:-]

  13. terrapod says:

    matismf – Hope the vendor is giving QE and Joel a cut on the profits. Giving Corgis high society visibility does not come cheap as we all know..

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