Since finishing my workbench a little over 2 years ago a place to keep hand tools has been on the to do list, but a final design has eluded me. The bench tote vs. tool cabinet battle has been ongoing and with every new project I would get a reminder that I desperately NEED SOMETHING!
Recently over at the blog Heartwood, Rob Porcaro did a six part series about his tool cabinet and is a great source of ideas.
Jim Bertelson’s blog on a bench tote Tommy is another good source of inspiration. I built a prototype bench tote which I have been using for about a year, it always seemed to be in the way and lately it has been moved to counter top, mostly taking up space, maybe I gave up on it too soon or maybe it doesn’t fit my woodworking style. After having built this tote I will most likely incorporate some ideas from it.
Here are a couple pics of my prototype tote:
All is not lost as I think this tote will be re-worked into a tote for card scrapers psa sand paper rolls and sanding blocks.
I have no plans, no dimensions in mind, so today I decided to just build it and see where it leads. What I have decided so far:
1. Wall cabinet wins this battle.
2. Most often used bench and layout tools, small hammers, chisels.
3. Use only existing lumber and cutoffs.
4. The option to add it to a free standing unit in the future.
5. Be able to remove a tool easily with out having to move something out of the way.
I hope you decide to follow along and please let me hear your comments, critiques, ideas and questions.
So I have a starting point, some pretty crappy oak lumber. Time to dimension some wood.
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