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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-08-2012 06:34 PM 1939 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Texchappy

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05-08-2012 06:34 PM

So is this a stupid, brilliant, or old-news idea…

In reading the reasons behind the design of the chest in The Anarchist Tool Chest (great book BTW), I thought about how much auto mechanic type tool chests cost and that they ain’t too perdy. I also thought about my current, overflowing tool chest when I was reading the ergonomic reasons for the design.

So how crazy is it to think about using an anarchist tool chest for auto tools?

-- Wood is not velveeta


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#1 posted 05-08-2012 07:38 PM

Texchappy,

Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

It’s your Tool Chest, fill it with the Tools of your choice.

Coffee cans were designed to store coffee, but they do a great job in my shop storing everything from ‘soup to nuts’.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 07:41 PM

That would be one sweet tool chest! The only problem I foresee is that car work can be dirty and metal tool chests can be cleaned (to a degree), but a nice wooden one might be harder to maintain. Other than that, I say go for it! :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 07:42 PM

Thanks grandpa len. I guess I have to question related to it. Will it hold up? (I’m guessing yes because if it’s lasted in woodshops for 200-300 years it should work in a garage).

Also, will it function well? A coffee can will hold coffee, nuts, pencils but wouldn’t do well with panel saws. (Again I’m guess yes for the tools I have).

Guess I want ideas, options, and design thoughts as I think about building this eventually (i.e. after I build on for my wood tools).

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 07:43 PM

Thanks Brandon W. I’m guessing that finishing might help with that – no?

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 07:52 PM

Wow, if you’re talking about the Anarchist’s tool chest that’s an actual chest with all those moveable shelves and really low to the ground, I would have to say no.

I’ve worked on cars for about 20 years now and can only imagine how inconvenient that thing would be. The way I (and a lot of other mechanics work) usually involves sliding shelves out really quickly to grab one socket then moving to another drawer to grab another tool. The workflow is different from my woodworking b/c I am constantly grabbing another tool and putting up the previous one. Having nice, large drawers is a plus. Also, having those drawers up high for small tools and down low for big tools is a big plus.

I also like that those big metal toolboxes feel pretty secure as far as ability to break in goes. Also, with the amount of chemicals I get on my tools and toolboxes on a regular basis, I don’t know if the wood or its finish will hold up. As a final thought for now, I’d like to think that if my shop burned to the ground, that at least my toolbox with all my expensive tools in it would survive. I’m not saying that a wood toolbox/chest wouldn’t survive, I’d just have more confidence in a metal one making it through.

Just some thoughts.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 08:24 PM

Thanks doss, that is the kind of info I was looking for.

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William

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#7 posted 05-09-2012 02:46 AM

I done mechanic work for thriteen years.
I once had an idea of using a wooden tool chest for off site jobs when I had my own shop.
The chest lasted less than a year before enough grease and oil had soaked into the bottom of it to make the wood spongy and weak.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 05-09-2012 01:21 PM

Ok, so I’ll just have to save up for a metal tool box for the car. Thanks for the input.

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#9 posted 05-09-2012 01:36 PM

That type of tool box, for hand tools only, would be great to look at and use to a certain extent. I can
remember a small one that one craftsman built for the trunk of his restored Rolls. It was beautiful and had
a lot of tools in it, but probably would not see much use. I will never replace my heavy metal rolling tool
box with a wooden one, but it would be nice to build a good wooden machinists chest for my lathe tools.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 05-09-2012 03:37 PM

Texchappy, I’d check on craigslist for a good toolbox. They seem to pop up there fairly frequently. Snap-on is a great toolbox, but you pay dearly for the privilege to own one. Mac, Matco, and even Kobalt have pretty decent boxes for more reasonable prices (well, maybe the Mac and Matco are still a little pricey).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#11 posted 05-09-2012 03:44 PM

It’s not a priority by any means. In the future after we move I’ll be looking around yard sales and flea markets for a good vintage snap-on (doubtful) or craftsman (good chance).

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#12 posted 05-09-2012 03:52 PM

I’d say hold off on the Craftsman if possible. I have one for my carport storage room and, while completely functional and not a terrible box overall, I wish I would’ve just saved up and added a nice used box from Snap-on or Mac instead.

And, like I said, check out the Kobalt box if you’re thinking lower budget. It feels far nicer than the Craftsman and has roughly the same build quality as a Snap-on. I can’t say if it’ll hold up like a Snap-on though.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#13 posted 05-09-2012 04:18 PM

Doss, are you talking about modern craftsman made in china or the older stuff. I’ve stopped by craftsman tools since they started making tools in China – they don’t identify them from their American tools and the ones I’ve ended up from China are junk.

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#14 posted 05-09-2012 04:26 PM

I’m talking about newer Craftsman. The only think I really buy from them are wrenches and screwdrivers now.

When I was in the shop all the time, we usually had a stack of broken tools to bring back to Sears every couple of weeks. They used to let us just swap them out; but then they started mailing them in which caused us to just stop buying them due to the inconvenience of not having a tool until we got the “Okay!” from Sears corporate. That was the whole beauty of Craftsman I think.

Break tool.
Go to store.
Pick up replacement.

Kobalt (Lowe’s brand) has stepped up their game considerably to take the void left by Craftsman.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#15 posted 05-09-2012 04:30 PM

I’ve started getting a combination of snap-on and williams for most of my tools but Wiha for screwdrivers. The Wiha is German not American but are IHMO the best out their right now. I just love my Wiha screwdrivers.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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