Last July, a week before leaving for another class with Garrett Hack I realized I needed a traveling toolbox. I was tired of hauling my tools in an assortment of bags and cardboard boxes. I quickly dovetailed up a box and slapped some sides to it. That was all I was able to complete before having to take off. Did not even have a handle, so I just bear hugged it around.
I started last weekend, but finished yesterday, a sliding tray for the toolbox. I did not want to use any plywood in making this toolbox, so it was taking me a while to figure out how to do the bottom. I wanted to minimize using up the depth of the tray, so a solid panel fit into a groove was out. I then saw the sliding tray Christopher Schwarz was making and it seemed the perfect solution. A bottom comprised of two panels joined by an overlapped rabbet joint also was a good solution for the 6" limit in re-sawing that I had.
I used machines for the initial wood prep and for re-sawing the material for the bottom, but used hand tools for all the secondary wood prep and joint construction.
Here is the tray before nailing the bottom.
Here is the completed tray.
Here is the tray in the tool box.
In completing the box, I realized that it would have been better to have installed the bottom the other way where the rabbets would be running the width instead of the length. It would have made the box stronger, stiffer. This will work though. If you look at the back of the tool box you will see that is how I built it. The rabbeted joints run the width of the box.