I found it difficult to keep project-specific tools and parts organized, so we made a tool organizer that can store everything! Now you can bring everything you need with you in one place. If you’re interested in making one for yourself, check out the plans below.

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This entire project can be made from 2 8-foot long 1x6s, so breaking down the materials is pretty easy. First, we broke down the side walls and divider elements for the two boxes. I chose to make the sides overlap in a single joint, so each side wall will be the same length. While the sides are the same length, the lower tray differs from the upper box in that the lower walls are half as tall. This way, you can rip the 1×6 in half and get two walls. The overlapping joints were cut on the bandsaw (you could use a jigsaw also) in a way that the tongue and the recess are inverted so that each piece could fit regardless of orientation. Make sure to cut a dado in the upper box side walls to receive the dividers.

The dividers are a little wider than the box walls because they fit inside the dado channels. These pieces also were ripped down by 1/2″ (1.27 cm) because the bottom panel will be inset inside the walls and this height difference leaves the right amount of room. Because there are no additional dividers on the bottom tray, I used a rabbeting bit to cut a groove for the bottom tray’s bottom panel.

The handle was made by laminating two boards together and drawing a curvy-handle shape on some paper. This template helped me cut the handle shape using the drill press and a jigsaw. Then, cutting to saddle spaces in the handle assembly and the other divider, I glued the two together to make a cross-shaped unit. I wanted my tool organizer to have 4 equal spaces in side the tote, but if you wanted to have more, you would need to adjust the spacing and the dados. To make the wooden handle more comfortable, I used a small round-over bit to add a small fillet. 

Now that all of the pieces were cut and prepared, I used glue, clamps, and brad nails to hold the elements together. The upper & lower box came together using the overlapping joints, the handle assembly fit nicely into the dados, and each bottom panel was glued and nailed in place. Because I wanted the tool organizer to be two independent elements that joined together, I need a way to join and lock them together.

There are many ways to join the two boxes together so that they can be locked and unlocked easily. I decided to use some 3/4″ (1.9 cm) aluminum angle stock as sliders on each box. Matching the upper box’s outer dimension, I cut some of the aluminum stock to 45-degree miters on the miter saw. These upper slides are attached to the outside of the box and hang underneath the top box. To leave room for the lower box to slide in place, I used washers as spacers before screwing the slides in place. 

To create the lower slides, I followed the same logic, but instead of the outside dimensions, I cut the aluminum to the inside measurements. These lower slides were screwed to the inside of the lower box and spaced so that they fit nicely when placed under the top box. All that was left was to add a simple latch to the tool organizer’s face to prevent the lower box from sliding forward. 

This box was a result of having all of my beekeeping equipment in a ratty cardboard box and not having a convenient way to carry all of it to the beehive. This tool organizer could be custom made for a specific process or project; changing your oil in the cars, gardening, or organizing art supplies. There are endless uses for something like this, and I hope you make one to help improve your workflow. We have plans available down below if you are interested in making one!

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22 Comments

Robin F-W

February 15, 2020

Hi Bob – I've only just found your channel again after at least a year without, and I'm very much enjoying it again! My suggestion to you today is a convertible sitting/standing desk – which would be great compared to overpriced branded ones, and gives you a lot of options for customising. Just an idea!

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Jonas Gravesen

February 15, 2020

"it ain´t much, but it´s honest work" <3

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Benjamin Fleckenstein

February 15, 2020

When I started watching I thought to myself: "I could use something like this for my beekeeping tools." Quite a surprise when you ended up using it for exactly this 😀

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Southern Style DIY

February 15, 2020

This is a really cool idea! Love that sliding bottom for extra organization. Might have to add something like that in my shop for lenses so everything stays mostly dust free.

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giacomo aliboni

February 15, 2020

Nice one!

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Stephen DeLassus

February 15, 2020

Just a thought for next time. If you plane down the sides so that they're the same thickness as the inside of the L, you won't have as much play, and you wouldn't need the bumper. Other than that, it's a very cool idea. Thanks for making great content.

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Mathilde D

February 15, 2020

Excuse me Bob, this is very clearly a barbecue-utensils and eating-outdoor-cutlery holder !
Thanks for that video, it's probably the project I'm most likely to recreate some day !

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Glenn McGrew II

February 15, 2020

I just found your channel last night and I really love watching how you make things – I've already learned several things and, although I don't have the space, I'm excited! I told my brother-in-law, who likes to do woodworking, and I asked my maintenance lady (I'm an apartment manager) to look at this channel, too. I would love to see how you would build things for small living quarters that effectively greatly increase the available storage without taking up a ton of space!

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ffion ffoulkes

February 15, 2020

using the plank your kids drew on is the most adorable thing ^0^

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Mireya Yim

February 15, 2020

I made it by myself. I used WoodPrx woodworking plans for that.

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Scott Simmons

February 15, 2020

I could see this going in the trunk of my Honda Ridgeline to replace the milk crates that I have holding an assortment of tools.

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deth502

February 15, 2020

i usually fast forward through all of the shilling. i get the purpose of it, but i see it all as very disingenuous copulation to usually shady borderline fraudulent companies, but i have to say, even though no one wants an ad in the middle of their video, i love the fact that your ad was for YOU. not some bullshit script from a 'privacy" company that sells your information or a "free" game that cons users into paying. i wish more tubers would have some ethics (again, i know, ethics dont pay the bills, im not knocking them) and pimped out things that they really care about (like thier own growth)

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Comrade Skywalker

February 15, 2020

this is unrelated but please make a hydroelectric dam on one of the creeks on the farm

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Nadeem Stubbs

February 15, 2020

Howzit Bro I really wish you were on TV 🙏.. you deserve your own show on the HGTV👊

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RaiderGraf

February 15, 2020

Hey Bob quick question:
My birthday is coming up soon and people are asking for gift ideas.
I remember a few years ago you did a video and in that video you talked about your dust mask that uses cartridges or something and it seemed like a cool deal.
Do you still use/like that mask and if so where could someone find it?
Thanks

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Keith Atkins

February 15, 2020

That is so awesome! You make it look so easy!

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Matt's Work shop

February 15, 2020

Is that possible if you don't have table saw or jointer

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Analist

February 15, 2020

This is the third video in a row that you are making a organiser. Must say that this is just a long video to make a box. What about the cool projects that this channel was previously posting? These present videos are just not it…

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Jeremy Horvatin

February 15, 2020

I've made a very similar design in the past (minus the bottom drawer) to be a whisky tote 😁 looks about the same size too!

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X37A 1487

February 15, 2020

Make the Mandalorian helmet

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Darren C

February 15, 2020

Bob, can you buy a new house so you can do some more makeover videos? I thoroughly enjoy your videos. Keep them coming!

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Steve Lengyel

February 15, 2020

This might be a good idea for a barbecue caddie, like scrappers tongs, etc…

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