How to Make a Garden-Tool Tote
Construct a carrier from oak boards and dowels
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
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Oak construction ensures that this carryall will last season after season.
For a tool tote that measures 19½ inches long by 9¼ inches wide by 17 inches tall. 1x6 oak for the front and back: two @ 18 inches
1x10 oak for the sides: two @ 16½ inches
1¼-inch oak dowel for the handle: one @ 18⅞ inches
½-by-6-inch oak pieces for the bottom: two @ 19½ inches, ripped to 4½ inches wide