Horse Lovers Wooden Tote

I bought myself a new saw... and I love all the new
things I can do with it... like cutting metal for one!

horse lovers tote

While working on this wooden tote, I was happy find that I can now cut the sides of the tote without using a hand held jigsaw. 

With the old saw I couldn't cut a straight line to save my life.

And check out the bottom of this tote... my new saw, the Rockwell Blade Runner cuts metal too! (affiliate link)

I easily cut a license plate to fit the bottom of the crate.

horse lovers tote

I love the industrial look of the metal on the bottom.

I added this great image from Karen at the Graphics Fairy
to the front of the tote using a Mod Podge transfer method. 

Many of you have written to me telling me you have no luck with this method... Let me go over it again for you.

horse lovers tote

First using a chalk painted finish on this box, I painted Modge Podge onto the front of a laser printed image. The image was printed in reverse.  I laid the image face down onto the wood and let it dry... mine was drying for about 3 hours.

Transfer Method
If you look at the pictures above #1 shows the rubbing process. I wet my fingers and began rubbing off the paper... #2 shows a slight film that is left after I let it sit for a few minutes after my initial rubbing... this time I am rubbing very lightly to get the rest of the paper off. #3 shows where I have damaged the image a little... this happens sometimes. #4 shows how I fixed the image with a thin Sharpie marker. 

And if there is a very light film still left, it will disappear
once you've either waxed or sealed the image.

horse lovers tote

As you can see I was able to fix the image with the Sharpie
and nobody would ever know... but now you do. 

horse lovers tote

I used a metal rod for the handle that slips through the tote sides and is covered on the end with knobs that can be used as hooks.
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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .