Step 1: Cut the Sides

Follow the cut-list here to size the parts. Lay the two blanks for the sides on your worktable, faceup. Measure to find the center point along the top of each blank, and mark spots ¾ inch to each side of that point. Then measure and mark spots along the sides, 6½ inches up from the bottom. Use a straightedge to draw a line connecting each top mark to its corresponding side mark. Cut along each line with a straightedge and a circular saw or jigsaw to form the gable-shaped sides for the tote.
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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • steel-rule straightedge
    • pencil
    • circular saw
      Circular saw or jigsaw
    • hand clamps
    • drill
    • 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