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Australian Woodsmith 24th November 2021
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Carving Tools Caddy

Storing carving tools in a tool roll is a good solution for protecting the delicate cutting edges. But when I go to use them, I typically have to pull several out of the tool roll until I find the right one. In order to protect my carving tools, and make the cutting profile visible, I designed this carving tool caddy.

Clear view. What sets this tool caddy apart are the two acrylic side panels that provide a clear view of the business end of my carving tools. Not only that, but I was also able to cut the slots in the block to exact size to match the individual carving tools in my set. And a couple of finger holes in each end make it easy to move around my workshop.

Plywood construction. With the exception of the acrylic sides, the entire caddy is made from plywood and is held together with glue and screws. Glue up the material to make the block first. You can then lay out and cut the slots for your carving tools. To soften the rough edges, I chamfered the base and ends (including the finger holes). The screws holding the sides should be countersunk below the surface (inset photo).

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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