Step 2: Fit the Handle

Fit the Handle when building a  Garden-Tool Tote
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Clamp the cut sides to your worktable and measure a spot 1½ inches down from the center peak of each gable. Fit your drill with a 15⁄16-inch Forstner bit and use painter's tape to mark the bit ½ inch up from its tip. Drill into each side at the marked spots to form the holes for the handle, stopping when the tape meets the face of the board.
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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