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    I have tried about every method of carrying carving tools around from a shoebox to a box I made, like a carpenters box to a bucket with one of those pocket things init and invariably everything get tossed around and ends up in a pile in a box. Can you guy suggest what you use, what you find appropriate and even perhaps furnish a link or a pic? Im tired of having to hunt for every gouge I need or knife but bear in mind Im a bit of a slob. I really dont want to buy anything thinking perhaps wrongly I can make something so anyway if you have a tool tote that really works well for you let me know. thanks.

  • #2
    HI Rick
    I have a toll roll a lady carver made for me a few years ago.it is abou 12 inches wide and has pockets on both edges,made to fit flex cut palm tools and smaller pockets to fit knives, it is about 18 inches long. I have a pattern on my other computer to make on eof these, if you want it let me know and I will PM it to you
    Bruce

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    • #3
      I have a really big plastic tool box with a single lift-out tray. I have three tool rolls made out of old pairs of my jeans, 1.5 legs to make each one. All the odd little bits go in the tray, the tool tolls and some sharpening/honing stuff go in the big bottom part. Mostly sits sort of open at one end of mt 8' shop bench. All of my PacNW set of crooked knives and adzes are in another box.
      Brian T

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      • #4
        This is what I use. I stole the idea from Jim (Whimsical Carver) of our local carving club. The basic box is an artist's paint box, from Hobby Lobby for $20.00. I added the spacers and hold-backs for the large gouges, as well as the spacers for the palm gouges. I not only carry my tools in this, but I set it on my work bench and use it for ready-access. Last photo is upside-down and shows what is under the lift-out tray (tray comes with the box).

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        • #5
          Dang Claude, That is way too organized. Pretty cool though.....................Tom
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Claude View Post
            This is what I use. I stole the idea from Jim (Whimsical Carver) of our local carving club. The basic box is an artist's paint box, from Hobby Lobby for $20.00. I added the spacers and hold-backs for the large gouges, as well as the spacers for the palm gouges. I not only carry my tools in this, but I set it on my work bench and use it for ready-access. Last photo is upside-down and shows what is under the lift-out tray (tray comes with the box).

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            Claude! This idea is awesome. Dang!
            I friggin' LOVE it. I've got two wooden paint boxes that I don't really use since all my paints are in sturdy plastic storage drawers so I am scooping your idea.
            Thanks Santa Claude!

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            • #7
              artist paint box now that look like you got something going there

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              • #8
                Here's a toolbox I build several years ago. It has dividers built into the bottom to keep the tools from banging into each other. I have since built a smaller box since I really don't use that many tools, but it's built in the same fashion. Here's a link to my blog where I talk about my box if you're interested: https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?bl...7;src=postname

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                • #9
                  This has work well for me. I can see the tools and have easy access. .

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                  • #10
                    I use a Stanley tool bag I bought at Walmart to transport my tools. It has a lot of little pockets out side that hold CA glue, band-aids, pencils and other smaller items. The interior compartment holds a tool rack, gloves, magazines, a tool roll or whatever I cram in there! My tool rack sits on my bench or fits in the bag and all my tools are in the same spot. It is about 15" long, 4 1/4" tall, and 4 1/2" deep with three main rows for holding gouges or knives. There are two rows of smaller holes on the end for my Dockyard micro gouges. It will hold up to 39 tools, but there is also room for my tool roll with my full size tools to fit in. My glove and thumb protector lay on top, and there is room for some wood or smaller carvings and it will still close. But I can pile on a sack full of rough outs if I just want to carry it with the top open. But I like the security of being able to close it up and keep my tools out of sight.
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                    • #11
                      travel kit.jpg I use a riggers bag, made of canvas, and inside I have a leather shaving kit for some tools, and had two leather tool holders made to hold my most used tools. I do a lot of carving in public or on the move, so it fits perfectly. My leather apron folds up on top and I keep the weight down by not carrying too many tools at a time. Riggers bag has plenty of side pockets for odds and ends: files, sandpaper, fold up knives, etc.
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                      • #12
                        I gave up with canvas rolls... they were catching the moisture in the air of the workshop, and tools were going rusty very fast.
                        It was more easy for me to change that than to find an other workshop !

                        My boxes are the simpliest, and i'm really happy with them :
                        separated compartment for each sweep,
                        the tools are in staggered rows, so the blades are separated by the handle of the third (know what i mean ?).

                        I've got 3 boxes piled in the back of my car when i have to carry them. The gouges stay in rows even across the sinuous little roads of my french countryside;




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                        • #13
                          Copeau

                          I like the idea. Simple and easy to work with. Thanks

                          Bob L

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Claude View Post
                            This is what I use. I stole the idea from Jim (Whimsical Carver) of our local carving club. The basic box is an artist's paint box, from Hobby Lobby for $20.00. I added the spacers and hold-backs for the large gouges, as well as the spacers for the palm gouges. I not only carry my tools in this, but I set it on my work bench and use it for ready-access. Last photo is upside-down and shows what is under the lift-out tray (tray comes with the box).

                            Claude
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                            Does the cork on your knife make them rust?

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                            • #15
                              All these boxes are making me jealous! I made the tool roll out of a pair of jeans and some fabric in 7th grade.
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