Make multiples for gift-giving, or modify the design to store chisels, pencils, etc.
Note: Combine different species of wood for a dramatic look. You could use light wood for parts A and C and a dark one for B and D, for instance. Figured or exotic wood also makes an attractive bath accessory.
We built this caddy to hold a 3 Swords eight-piece grooming kit [Source]. To accommodate different tools, simply adjust the slot sizes and spacing. 1 Cut two boards 3∕4×4×12" for the body laminations (A–C) and base (D) [Exploded View]. 2 Mark the dado locations [Drawing 1], but leave the boards full length for easier handling. (We laid out parts A and B on one board, C and D on the other, positioning one piece at each end of the board.)
3 Cut the dadoes [Photo A]. Start with the 3∕16"deep dado in part B. Then, raise the blade to cut the 1∕4"-deep dado in part A and the 3∕8"deep and 9∕16"-deep ones in parts A and C. Tip! A tablesaw crosscut sled provides the safest and most accurate means for cutting the body dadoes. To make the sled shown, see page 52.
Build the body
1 Set the tools in their dadoes in parts A and C [Opening photo]. Mark the lengths of the fillers [Photo B]. Cut a filler for the dado in part B the same length as the corresponding one in part C [Exploded View].
2 Cut the fillers to size and glue them in place. After the glue dries, sand the fillers flush to the faces of the laminations. 3 Cut parts A–D to 5" long. Glue laminations A–C together, aligning the dadoes [Exploded View].
Assemble the caddy
1 Tilt your tablesaw blade to 30° and bevelrip the body and base to size [Exploded View]. Glue the base to the body.
2 Sand the back and sides of the assembly flush. Finish-sand and apply a durable finish, such as polyurethane. Finally, insert the tools in their slots and put the caddy in a handy spot.
Manicure set, 3 Swords eight-piece grooming kit, $33, woodmagazine.com/3swords Note: We crosscut and planed the fillers from a
3∕4 ×11∕4" board. They do not need to be the same stock as the body.