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Roughing it Up

This vintage style tote is a versatile vessel for carrying garden tools at home or a portable bar to the beach.

What You'll Need:Tray

  • 1" x 12" rough pine (6')
  • 1" dowel (2')
  • scrap of 1/8" masonite
  • Chicago screws 32 x 1" (8)
  • Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte: colour: Ebonized and Modernized RI59-3
  • Wood-Shield Best Stain: 1866-400: colour: Unforgettable C28-3-1556-3
  • Wood-Shield Best Stain: 1866-405: colour: Fuzzy Mitten W012
  • brushes 1613-338
  • white glue 2020-495
  • natural jute 5462-181

Here's How:

  1. Rip boards to 6" width.
  2. Cut 2 sides at 18".
  3. Cut 2 ends at 16". Taper from 6" up to 2" at top.
  4. Cut 1 bottom at 4" x 18".
  5. Drill a 1" hole in the ends 1 1/2" down in the centre (dowel hole).
  6. Nail sides to bottom, and ends to sides.
  7. Cut dowel to length and insert for handle.
  8. Stain as desired. Shown: Dry brush Unforgettable. Let dry, then dry brush a whitewash of Fuzzy Mitten over top.
  9. Coat dowel with white glue and wrap rope around handle. Let dry.

Chalkboard tags and plaque:

  1. Cut masonite to size. Tags: 4" x 1"; plaque 3 1/2" x 11".
  2. Apply three coats of Designer Series Matte to each piece. (Designer Series Matte is a very affordable and durable chalkboard paint, available in thousands of colours).
  3. Drill a hole through the top of tags and string through the jute rope.
  4. Measure and mark the placement of the plaque. Drill the holes through the plaque and carrier, and secure with Chicago screws.