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.