How To Make a Plane Tote / Handle

How To Make a Plane Tote / Handle

This is how I made a replacement handle, or tote, for a Stanley no 7 jointer plane I recently restored. You can see the full video at the link below!


Tools I used (affiliate links):
Table Saw:
Band Saw:
Miter Saw:
Oscillating Spindle Sander:
Circular Saw:
Drill / Driver: Makita 18v:
Trim Router:
Random Orbit Sander:
Angle Grinder:
Lathe tools:
Grinding Jig:
Bench Grinder:
MAP Torch:
Center Punch:

Blades (affiliate links):
Ripping Blade:
Crosscut Blade:
Plywood Blade:
Bandsaw Blades:

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Twitter: @YouCanMakeThis2

Music from
By The Habor by Mhern


  1. Sony H K on December 30, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    As always fantastic job. Thanks

  2. Peter Daniel on December 30, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Nice job and gorgeous music !!

  3. Vintage Wood Workshop on December 30, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    great job, like how you showed your process and mistakes…those are the same type we all make and it’s really helpful to see how you handle them (pun intended)!

  4. s j on December 30, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    I just bought an old #8 Stanley with a broken tote. This video showed me how to make a new one. I never knew Lee Valley provided free schematics. Thanks!

  5. smashgordon on December 30, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    I feel like almost daily I find more reasons to get a band saw….. haha

  6. Parker's Woodwork on December 30, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Couldn’t find it on their website. Anybody else have that problem too?

  7. Aussie Valiant on December 30, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I did not know about the plane tote templates- thank you for highlighting them. And thanks to Lee Valley for making them available. I’ll get on to restoring both my #4 and #5 planes, as both totes are broken. Many thanks!!

  8. Know What Mom Knows on December 30, 2021 at 9:52 pm

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  9. pgfollett on December 30, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Did you miss the part on the template that shows you how to orient the grain properly? Worth a mention in the video. It’s important for strength.

  10. Günther Schulz on December 30, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Nice job.

  11. Kitchen Science on December 30, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Nice project so far. I’m looking forward to the next video.
    Quick tip-you should put some wood planks on the inside of your vise. I have the same vise, and it holds much better if it’s compressed in between two pieces of wood; I used 1/2 in birch plywood scraps.

  12. Callee Harris on December 30, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    It’s hard not to rush a project you are really excited about! Nice job.

  13. Wood By Wright on December 30, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    nice man!

  14. lajoyalobos2009 on December 30, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    This was helpful. I bought a #4 plane for $5 and it’s missing just the tote and knob. Time to clean it up and put that scrap wood to use.

  15. Willow Springhill on December 30, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    It looks nice. Do you make any videos without the background “music”? Arrrggg

  16. Zac Jones on December 30, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    So addicting watching the wood go through the band saw!

  17. Wood.Work.LIFE. on December 30, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Great work, I need to do something to salvage my Bedrock #5 handle, she split along the grain, but it is the original rosewood so I don’t really want to build a new one.

  18. Bruce A. Ulrich on December 30, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Nice process, Caleb! Glad you were able to fix that blowout with some epoxy.