toolt toteTote: (U.S. colloquial)—v.t. To carry or bear, as on your person, to tote a gun—n. that which is toted.

There you have it. Tote. Something to have along with you when needed. Origin uncertain, but the use is clear. In the arsenal of the woodworker, it’s to have your tools when and where you need them. The tool tote is not a storage box. It is not a tool box or a cabinet. It is smaller, lighter and handy to the job. It helps both to carry tools to the job and to give a place where they won’t be lost.

This tote also serves as a sampler of quality workmanship. With its hand-cut dovetailed corners it gives you satisfaction every time you carry it. It makes a statement of proficiency even before you tackle the job.