Throw away your portable tool cases

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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 589 days ago 3526 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many of the portable power tools that I purchase come in a tool case. The tool manufacturers presume that I’ll be taking the tools on the road. A reasonable assumption for many. But my tools are used near 100 percent in my workshop. Sometimes they venture into my house, but I don’t need the case for those instances.

In this video I offer a reason for throwing the tool cases away and creating custom workshop storage to better utilize the prize (i.e., limited) shop space. I show how I’ve converted two large drawers into organized storage space for some of my tools.

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#1 posted 589 days ago

If you cut out the top portion of the back of the top drawer, I bet you could make the inner drawer slide back and forth. Sort of a drawer within a drawer. You’ll just need to add something along the top edge so that the inner drawer doesn’t tip into the cabinet.

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Marty Backe

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#2 posted 589 days ago

Interesting idea. Except to make that work I’d have to install some kind of drawer extensions on the inside of the main drawer, otherwise what would support the tray.

Since I don’t have to access these tools every other hour of the day, the tray solution works fine for my circumstances.

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Damien Pollet

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#3 posted 589 days ago

Another set of drawer slides?

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#4 posted 589 days ago

Your drawers now look like the rest of your shop.
You’ve really got that organization going on….................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 589 days ago

Good information, will definitely take a hard look at my cases and drawers to see how I can better utilize what space I have better.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 589 days ago

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now.
Nice to see someone brave enough to throw it away.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#7 posted 589 days ago

Very nice. I felt bad throwing out my cases last year – I’m glad to know I’m not the only one.

I also don’t understand the fascination with the Systainers.

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#8 posted 589 days ago

I threw all mine away to, these things are awkward, unwieldy, and a general nuisance, and if you have a bunch actually take up more storage room . All my router pieces I made a box for. I have a Triton and a Craftsmen set so two boxes, and so on.
I need to build another storage cabinet, but oh poor me have to make something else out of wood. :-)

-- Mike

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Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 587 days ago

Marty, Nice video and spot on. I’m in the exact same mindset lately, too many tools and too little space. Been organizing, consolidating and pulling items out of the shop I don’t need on a regular basis. For instance, I really don’t need 6 sanders so I pulled 4 out and will give away or sell the ones I dont use. Agree the plastic boxes and milwaukee box can be tossed, no value. Those systainers sell on ebay for $30 to $50 so those are worth the time to sell. Since cleaning up last weekend, the shop feels lighter and more user friendly. Have fun making more projects and videos. I like your work. Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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#10 posted 587 days ago

You’ve done a very nice job with this. I TOTALLY agree that the OE boxes are for travelling, not for the shop. There are lots of ads for “bare” tools. There is obviously added expense to provide the boxes. If the manufacturers continue to take notice of this there may be some better deals available – without the box?

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#11 posted 586 days ago

super job great storage.

-- Custom furniture

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