New Knob & Tote Material

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A friend sent me this laminated product to try. Here are 2 unfinished totes. What do you think?

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Professional furniture maker and restorer. Dealer and collector of vintage and antique woodworking tools.
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17 Responses to New Knob & Tote Material

  1. Do they have a smooth finish…

  2. Bob Jones says:

    A little too much for my taste. 🙂

  3. They will spice up a plain jane #4. Will there be low knobs to match?

  4. Sylvain says:

    They will not break like a solid wood tote and should be nicer to the hand then plastic ones. Better looking and lighter then MDF
    In my view the best compromise.
    Sylvain

  5. nvmepeter says:

    I don’t know how comftable the fit is,(highest priority ) but am un-easy in commenting that they look yuk. Not mean’t as a put down, just a honest opinion. Of course my taste may be biased via only seeing the norm’ cheers Peter

    • The fit is far better than the originals. That is what my totes are designed for. Check out my website for more information. HARDWARECITYTOOLS.com

      And don’t feel bad about expressing an honest opinion.

  6. Sylvain says:

    I guess nobody drops his planes voluntarily.
    My comment was assuming a lamination made like plywood.
    Sylvain

  7. enl says:

    Not really my style, but I’d like to see what they look like with a finish on them. Then again, when I have made replacements, they have been from whatever was around. My favorite is a cut of curly maple from a tree I helped take down, followed by zebrawood (I buy scraps from a local supplier/mill)

  8. I personally think that they look awesome. As an owner of several of your tote/knob offerings, I am SURE they will be excellent in the hand.

  9. I see the shape of the totes achieve a uniform banding of the ply layers and avoid unsightly undulating banding like you’d see o a topographical map. In this way the asthetic trumps function, as in function follows form and is at odds with traditional, pre WWII totes. Good examples of pre WWII totes are more shapely for functional comfort and are less squarish.

    • I see you are not familiar with my totes. You can see them at my website if you like. The laminated totes in the picture are finish machined. They are now ready for hand shaping with rasps and files. Then they get finish sanded through 400P, 0000 steel wool and non-woven abrasives. My totes are more comfortable than the PRE-WWII oem totes, which I think are a little puny. Thank you for your comment.

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