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Start-em-early Kids' Tool Tote

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Holder and tools
Cutting board with scrollsaw
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Inserting your blade through the start
holes, scrollsaw out the openings in
the tool holders (C), cutting along the
outer pattern lines.
Exploded view
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Holder and tools

Now make tool holders and tools
  1. From 1/4" hardboard, cut the two tool holders (C) to 3 5/8x10". Then, to make the tools, cut two tool blanks (D) to the same size from 3/4" MDF. Using the tool tote patterns copied earlier, spray-adhere one copy to the hardboard blanks and the other copy to the MDF blanks.
  2. To form the openings in the tool holders (C), drill a 3/32" blade start hole through each tool on the patterns anywhere within the cutlines. Then scrollsaw out the tool-shape openings, as shown in Photo right, cutting along the outer pattern lines. This will create approximately 1/16" clearance for the tools, which are defined by the inner lines, to ensure easy insertion and removal in the holders.
  3. To cut out the tools from the 3/4" MDF blanks (D), drill 3/32" blade start holes through the shaded waste areas on the saw, plane, and combination square, where shown on the patterns. Scrollsaw out the areas. Then cut the tools to shape along the inner pattern lines.
  4. Rout 1/8" round-overs on the tool holders (C), where shown on the patterns in the patterns in the downloadable plans and Exploded View. Then remove the patterns from the tool holders and tools. Sand the parts smooth, lightly rounding over the edges of the tools.
  5. Glue and clamp the tool holders (C) to the top of the base (A), where shown, tight against the handle (B) and centered side-to-side.

Continued on page 4:  Paint the pieces

 

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