|Forum topic by phlepper||posted 08-31-2010 12:54 AM||1899 views||1 time favorited||2 replies|
08-31-2010 12:54 AM
I am planning the design of a rolling tool chest. This would be similar to the rolling cabinets auto mechanics use with a bunch of drawers. However, this is specifically for my hand and power tools.
My question is whether anyone has created drawers that are customized for their specific use versus general purpose drawers. In the latter case, I can see having a bank of drawers that are the same size (width and depth), but varying heights from shallow (for small hand tools) to deep (for power tools and bulky items).
However, I’m intrigued by the idea of creating “custom-use” drawers that store the tools and their corresponding accessories all in one place. Currently I have most of my power tools in the plastic cases they came in. I could see creating drawers that held these tools and their accessories. Some examples:
1. Random Orbit Sander: Drawer with spaces for the sander, sandpaper, sanding blocks, etc.
I’m not thinking of something as specific as a “tool silhouette” insert (which limit the storage space), but could see creating an insert that is more “squares and rectangles” like a silverware drawer divider. For the sander drawer, I would envision a square spot for the sander (perhaps with a section next to it for the cord), a square spot for the circular sandpapers (maybe three: for coarse, medium, and fine). A rectangular spot for sanding blocks. Etc., etc.
I’m not concerned with growing out of a specific drawer configuration since I plan on making the cabinet more “utilitarian” and can easily replace a given drawer (if not just the drawer insert) occasionally to handle new tools or a new configuration.
What are people’s thoughts on this? Pros and Cons? Any good examples of “custom use” drawers I could “crib” from?
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