Step 3: Assemble the Box

Assemble the Box when building a  Garden-Tool Tote
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Sandwich the front, back, and handle between the two sides, applying wood glue to the captured edges but not the holes—you want to leave the handle free to spin. Clamp the assembly together, and use a pneumatic nailer with 1½-inch brads to fasten the sides to the front and back. Flip the box upside down and run a bead of glue around its bottom edge. Position the pieces for the bottom on the box so that they're flush with the front and back, which will leave a ¼-inch gap between them. Clamp the bottom pieces in place and fasten them with brads, fired at a slight angle into the box to provide a better hold.
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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