Introduction

a Garden-Tool Tote sitting in a garden
Photo: Ted Morrison
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A wood tote is the perfect way to keep your garden tools organized and close at hand in the field. The sturdy example here is fashioned from oak, but rot-resistant cedar is a good choice too—especially if you leave tools out in the rain. Not that we've ever done that...

The bottom is formed from two boards separated by a gap that encourages dirt and grit to escape. The entire piece is finished with linseed oil, which provides a natural sheen and helps the wood keep its color.

If you'd rather spend your time planting, look to buy a tote that's comfortable to carry and the right size for your tools. You'll pay a premium for a box built from solid hardwood or one with a personal inscription. But whether you build or buy, when the growing season draws to a close, you can use your new vessel to collect the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.

Similar to shown: Wood Tool Tote by MiscKDesigns, etsy.com

Download a cut-list to build a garden tool tote here.

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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • steel-rule straightedge
      Straightedge
    • pencil
      Pencil
    • circular saw
      Circular saw or jigsaw
    • hand clamps
      Clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • Forstner bit
      1 5/16-inch Forstner bit
    • Painter's Tape
      Masking tape
    • air compressor
      Air compressor
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Brad nailer
    • sandpaper
      220-grit sandpaper
    • tack cloth
      Tack cloth
    • Chamois or lint-free rag
      Lint-free rag

    Shopping List

    1x6 oak for the front and back Get one 3-foot length.

    1x10 oak for the sides Get one 3-foot length.

    1¼ inch oak dowel for the handle Get one 3-foot length.

    ½-by-6-inch oak scants for the bottom Get one 4-foot length.

    1½-inch brads

    Wood glue

    Wood filler

    Linseed oil

    Mineral spirits