Rolling Tool Chest

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Project by titmas posted 01-05-2009 01:24 AM 17906 views 21 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tool chest is a basic box on wheels that I use for cabinetry installs and is sized to fit through even a small 24” doorway.
It has hasps to secure the lid to the front panel and bolted on handles to securely lift its 80 lbs. when fully loaded.
Soft rubber wheels were used to make it mobile and to prevent damage to finished floors.
The removable front panel secures all the inside contents but is easily removed to allow access to them.
The top compartment holds the all my batteries, chargers and a power strip along with an assortment of cabinetry installation related tools. The front panel, when removed, acts as a support for the lid which is used as a light weight work surface and to hold additional items within arms reach while working.
The drawer holds the drills both corded and battery powered and the impact drivers along with some jigs like the euro hinge drilling jig and a door handle hole drilling jig. The dividers are adjustable to allow storage of different tools that might be needed for each job.
The lower portion of the chest holds the screw organizers. With over 20 different fasteners related to cabinetry installs these organizers keep everything in order and quickly accessible.
Despite the weight of this tool chest i find its worth the effort to have all of these tools close at hand and easily moved from one work area to the next.

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#1 posted 01-05-2009 01:37 AM

Very creative—reminiscent of the old joiner’s tool chests!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#2 posted 01-05-2009 01:38 AM

Wow! This looks like something every trim carpenter would want to have on the job.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-05-2009 01:51 AM

very nice setup titmas !

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#4 posted 01-05-2009 01:56 AM

i used SketchUp to work out the basic design. if i could figure out how to post the file you could download it. any idea how to attach a file?

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#5 posted 01-05-2009 02:44 AM

Very nice setup

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#6 posted 01-05-2009 04:16 AM

Very nice idea. It would even be usefull in a small shop (like mine).

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#7 posted 01-05-2009 05:53 AM

I like this. This looks like something that I could make for my drill press. When I’m done, it’s small enough to stow under it.

I like the design a lot. Great job on this.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 01-05-2009 06:27 AM

Wow, what a great idea and design…....... I also would like to borrow the design / plans from you.

What are the “U” shaped cuttouts in the front for? to hold your drill??

Tks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 01-05-2009 06:37 AM

Form follows function and this is supremely functional. Well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 01-05-2009 08:17 AM

I like this design, has me wondering if I have enough wood handy to make a few. I don’t think one would be enough. Does it have extension cord storage on the back, or behind the back piece that appears to come out a touch to hold the top for support? I can see where a cord and maybe a power strip would come in handy built in somewhere.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#11 posted 01-05-2009 04:41 PM

there were two determining factors for the size and design of my tool chest. the jobsite conditions and the size of the tools being carried were the first and the second was the size of the scraps of plywood that i had laying around to use that all contributed to the final design. there is a power strip located inside the top compartment that powers up my battery chargers and provides a few outlets for the worksite.

i have plans to build another rolling chest. this one will be a little larger and carry items like cirs saws, extension cords, routers and sanders.

here is a link to my Picasa albums where there is a couple more photos and some details of the chest.

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#12 posted 01-05-2009 07:03 PM

Thanks for sharing, this is a very useful piece of equipment that could very well end up as an addition to the shop. Definitely deserves a ‘favorite’ flag.

One question, how does the lid support top anchor board fasten to the top of the hinged lid, it is not visible when the lid is in the closed position. The answer will probably end up as another one of my too numerous ’ Homer ‘doooooh’ moments

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#13 posted 01-05-2009 08:31 PM

the link to my Picasa web album has a lot more detail about the chest, like how the lid is supported when in the open position and what the “U” shaped cutouts are for.

my SketchUp drawing has very little detail or dimensions but since there seems to be a lot of interest in it perhaps i will clean up the drawing and provide some detailed views and dimension and than post so everyone can download a copy.

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#14 posted 01-05-2009 08:56 PM

This project inspired me so much I designed my own based on your idea, not once but twice in S.U. (because the laptop locked up on me while saving, and had to reboot and do it all again!) But seeing the extra pics helped a lot more. Again, thanks for sharing and inspiring us with this piece.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#15 posted 01-05-2009 09:07 PM

Interesting. Is it a bit “tippy” with the shelf and wheels that rotate?

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