How to Make a Wooden Tote with a Spindle Handle

4:30:00 AM

Another snow day is the perfect time to work 
on a new project...

How to Make a Wooden Tote with a Spindle Handle
I love making wooden totes and if you search my blog you will find dozens of different wooden totes... all different shapes, sizes, and with different paint treatments and/or transfer methods.

I started out this project with an 8 foot piece of 1" x 4" pine from Home Depot. 

I cut 3 pieces 24" long then used the rest of the length to create the sides of the tote. 

I wanted to create a unique handle for this long tote so I decided on a beautiful chippy table leg I had in my workshop.

How to Make a Wooden Tote with a Spindle Handle

I'm using a new nail gun on this project. I will admit it is the best tool I've ever used and I don't know how I've been building things for 5 years now without it. I'm including my affiliate links in this post.

Santa brought me a Ryobi nail gun with a replaceable battery pack. I wish I had this years ago!

I painted the tote with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White topped it with a coat of Paris Grey.

How to Make a Wooden Tote with a Spindle Handle

When the grey paint dried I lightly sanded with a fine grit sandpaper to let the white come through the grey. 

This double distress technique is beautiful and gives a rustic look without sanding the edges showing raw wood through the paint. 

How to Make a Wooden Tote with a Spindle Handle

I love the way this tote came out and I can't wait to make a few more. 

The antique spindle is the perfect handle but I'm looking forward to trying some other ideas... Stay tuned!

How to Make a Wooden Tote with a Spindle Handle

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  1. I really love this, Susan...really highlights the beautiful spindle! Pinning!

  2. I love totes, and you know I love spindles! So what's not to love about your new wooden tote?
    Great job Susan.
    ps I can never sell these. People around here just don't "get" them.


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