This tool tote is compact but convenient, and easy for beginners. You can have fun customizing the stencil design too!

Difficulty easy


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Sander


Wood Products

  • 1 1x10 board , 1x10x8
  • 1 3/4" dowel rod , 3/4" x 4'

Hardware & Supplies

  • 16 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
  • 1 3/4" Forstner drill bit
  • 1 Paint and Stain
  • 1 Painter's Tape
  • 1 Stencil or Vinyl & cutting machine

Cut List & Parts

  • 2 Front and Back, 1x10x8 board , 14" long
  • 2 Sides, 1x10x8 board , 16" long
  • 1 Bottom, 1x10x8 board , 12 1/2" long
  • 1 Handle, 3/4" dowel rod , 14" long


  • Cut Your Wood

    Cut your wood to the specified dimensions.

  • Sand Your Wood

    Use a sander or sanding block to smooth edges.

  • Drill Pocket Holes

    Use your Kreg jig to drill pocket holes as follows:
    Bottom piece (3 holes on each of the longer sides, and 2 holes on each shorter end)
    Side pieces (2 holes along one side of each board, toward bottom 1/3 of the board)

  • Drill hole for handle

    Use a 3/4" Forstner bit to drill a hole at the top of each side piece (opposite end from your pocket holes), centered and about 3/4" from the top.

  • Build Your Box

    Using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, attach your side pieces to the bottom piece. I like the screws to be on the bottom so they aren't visible, but you can attach it whichever way is easiest for you. Attach the front and back panels last.

  • Insert Handle

    Slide dowel rod through the holes at the top of your tool tote, using a mallet if needed to position it in place.

  • Stain Tote

    Use stain of your choice (I used Provincial).

  • Paint/Stencil

    Run a strip of painter's tape diagonally across the front of your tote. Add stencils or vinyl decals (I created these using a vinyl cutting machine). Paint over them and then remove the tape and decals while paint is still damp.