Wooden grates are often used on boats and I build boats so I wanted to try my hand at it. A better way would be to use a wide board, say about 6" or so, and afterwards cut it into strips but you use the wood you have, not the wood you want. I'm pretty sure that I'll be making more wood grates in the future though to try that theory out on.
Someone suggested making floor furnace grates. Maybe so. A few people said that it was too pretty to carry tools in. Others wanted to know if there was a purpose for putting grates on a tool chest. The answer is I made them because I can.
OK, so tool caddies. Love 'em. Everytime I make one a plastic tool box leaves the shop and goes to plastic tool box hell. And if I'm making one from nice wood I usually make another one from pine to make my mistakes on first.
Old caddies are often seen with nothing more than a broom stick for a handle. That works for sure, but I like to make mine a little nicer. My handles are bent wood. I slice the wood fairly thin then steam bend, glue and clamp the pieces together around a form. You can see me making one in the video above.