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Forum topic by JasonK posted 08-31-2010 06:49 PM 1598 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2010 06:49 PM

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Hey guys!
I’m getting ready for my first trip to Woodworking in America and trying to figure out what all I should take as well as how to take it.
In the past, I’ve just thrown my planes and associated tools into a large plastic tub to drag them to wherever I’m heading. This time, I feel like I should have something a little nicer than a tub.
So, here’s the question:

How do you transport your tools? Pictures would be great if you have them.

-- Measure once; Cut Twice, Three Times, Four Times...

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#1 posted 08-31-2010 07:04 PM

If I had to carry a small set of tools but a fairly complete set I would build a compartmentalized tool chest or even two smaller ones. I would make it as tough as possible and put some good handles on ether end and a good lock on the front side for the lid. I would also put a good solid loop in one end where I could place it near something solid like a pole where I could lock it with a chain and a padlock whenever I needed to. If you provided a place in the box for every tool where it is confined from moving around this would be good and when in transit you could also place rags or styrofoam for added protection here and there. You could also place a couple of handles on one end and some wheels on the other so you could roll it around like a hand truck. I have built a tool chest similar to what I have described here and it has always worked good for me whenever I have had to move my tools from one place to another. Of course it wouldn’t have to be as big as the one that I built but you could build one similar for whatever set you wanted.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 08-31-2010 07:35 PM

BTW, thanks for this post. I never have even heard of Woodworking in America before you posted this. I just looked it up and it certainly does look interesting. I might like to go to that one of these days. Have fun and learn a lot while you’re there.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-31-2010 09:09 PM

Systainer (not the rebranded Festool but the Tanos brand) can be bought reasonably.

Even more durable would be Pelican Cases, virtually indestructable.

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#4 posted 08-31-2010 09:24 PM

I use one or more perconas. Most people have probably not heard of a percona. My wife owned and ran a flower shop for many years. A percona is a square shaped plastic container that is used extensively with flowers. In my opinion, it is perfect for carrying small tools. It measures about 12” wide x 16” long x 14” tall and it has built in handles.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 08-31-2010 09:39 PM

if you can borrow the toolbox book
then you see alot of differents toolbox solutions
and one of them is specielmade to meet the
flightcompanies max of luagage…..something
and its a cleversolution that teacher made
he had his layouttools cheisels and specielplanes
and a smoother in it

good luck

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