It’s true, the end is nowhere in sight. I may be gathering tools for my entire adult life. My #80 cabinet scraper got hear yesterday, and the last two of my Japanese chisels got here today. I have a D8 rip saw en route shortly, accompanied by a Warranted Superior saw that looks like a cross cut. I already have a dovetail saw, though I’d like to get a western style to play with.
Everywhere I look, there’s more and more tools that I can easily foresee me needing. Luckily, that’s down the road. I figure I need a better drill than I currently have. I have a POS off brand drill. I want a decent cordless drill, and an egg beater style drill. Other than that, I probably have most everything I need to build my bench once the shop is available. It’s kind of surreal to know that, and yet still look at tools. I need some way to put in grooves for a box I am planning to build, and I’m looking at the Veritas plow plane for that, though a vintage would be better (read: cheaper possibly). Still, beggar’s can’t be choosers, so I’ll take my opportunities when I find them. Oh, and I forgot about sharpening, but that’ll be taken care of this coming payday.
However, now that I am nearing the point of actually being able to build something, I find myself trying to figure out how to store the tools so I can get them if needed, but they’ll be out of the way if not needed. I’m intrigued by the Benjamin Seaton Tool Chest and would love something like that. On the other hand, I like the idea of just reaching across the bench and grabbing whatever tool I want. It’s a bit perplexing, to say the least.
Unfortunately, the internet isn’t really helping either. There’s toolbox plans out the butt, but it’s really hard to get a good idea of tool storage from the few pictures I’ve found. It seems everything falls into three categories: (A) Loose tool box/chest, (B) Wall mounted tool chest, and© Wall mounted tool rack. Option C sounds like it would be the easiest to access (hardest to transport), but there are few pictures of this type of storage system.
So many choices…
...luckily, I’ve got a bit of time.
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!