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469 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tool storage tool chest

The toolbox is a deeply personal choice. I have seen hundreds of different styles and variations. Some people prefer to store all their tools on the wall and live in there own toolbox.

For me the “traditional” English chest is the winner. I love the way it looks and works. More on that later…

In the interest of kicking off a discussion about the thing in your shop that rates second only to your workbench:

How do you store your tools?
What do you make your toolbox out of?
What do you think is worth putting in your toolbox?

And perhaps most importantly…why?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan


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#1 posted 469 days ago

I’m looking forward to this thread, Ryan. I was actually thinking of starting a similar one myself, but didn’t get around to it, so I’m glad you did.

I love the traditional English tool chest and yours (that is yours in the photos, right?) is an excellent example. For my own situation, I’m working on a Dutch style tool chest, as you know, and have only been using it for about a week. So far I really love working from it. Before my tools were typically in another room and were a bit disorganized (like my thoughts). But now, having the tool chest, there’s a nice sense of satisfaction and permanence. Each tool has its spot, which also gives me more motivation for staying organized because when something isn’t put away, then something’s amiss.

I had considered building a wall cabinet since I’ve really liked a lot of the ones that I’ve seen on the site here, but I didn’t have a good, accessible spot on the wall. Here’s a wall cabinet posted here on LJ that I think is really sweet:

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#2 posted 469 days ago

That’s funny Brandon, your Dutch Chest is what got me thinking about this so I am glad you are the first post. you did an awesome job parsing out the space for your tools by the way.

That is my-currently incomplete-English Chest. I am working on tills now:

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 469 days ago

I like most everything ol Schwarzy does, but he lost me with the tool chest. I can see why somebody who travels often with their tools, as he does, would want a chest. But i have no desire to cram em all in a chest, then bend over all day accessing them. That beings said, I have no beef with anybody who does like these chests. I like some different things, some of them I can’t tell you why.
Anyway, I’m kicking around a big till/bench combo. I want them all out for easy access. Kind of like this, but nicer looking. I’ve seen some nice setups in books but I can never find links to those pics.

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LamMontagne

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#4 posted 469 days ago

I haven’t built a tool chest yet, but I’m looking forward to gaining some inspiration from this thread.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#5 posted 469 days ago

Something like this Red?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 469 days ago

Jeepers, I’ve died went to LN heaven….lol. Man alive. Are those yours RG?

I’m still sorting it out. I’m going to mount it above a joinery bench, so I don’t want it to come off the wall so far. The longer planes may have to go on a shelf in the joinery bench below. But a til above for smaller planes, chisels, rasps etc. Thinking some white oak and walnut like my bench.

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LamMontagne

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#7 posted 469 days ago

I’ll take this one. Who's buying?

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#8 posted 469 days ago

JayT, that Walnut wall cabinet is sweet!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 469 days ago

Yes, Brandon, it is. <sigh> Too bad I will never own anything close to that. What is the dollar equivalent of 10k British Pounds, plus shipping and assorted taxes?

I plan to build a wall cabinet later this year, but it is going to be reclaimed clear pine from our kitchen demo and remodel. My shop is too small for a chest and also because it is small, there is nowhere more than a couple steps from the wall the cabinet will go on.

Here is another of my favorites that has been posted on LJ before

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#10 posted 469 days ago

of all the floor chest, I think Brandon W’s is the best I’ve seen. I just can’t seem to figure a way to work a floor model into my style of working. (or playing as my wife calls it)

As for wall mounts, its hard to image a really nice wall cabinet making it to my shop. I change tools to often. I also go through spells were I use certain tools a lot, then they get shoved away for a while.

And luckily, I like it that way.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#11 posted 468 days ago

My idea was a version of the small Dutch chest on a rolling stand so I’m not stooping over and can easily move it out of the way. A wall cabinet is a swell idea but my walls are pretty crowded already.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#12 posted 468 days ago

Red I wish those were mine, but alas they are not. My collection is more of a hodgepodge of good vintage, solid new makes, and the occasional shop made tool. I just remembered the picture from the days that I was trying to figure out what type of storage I wanted.

Open storage is great, and for the money it is hard to beat a 2’x’4 piece of 3/4” plywood. Once you have that up you can start mounting a ton of tools to that in a hurry.

This is how I started:

Being able to see all those tools ready to go is a nice feeling and I have seen several shops where the toolbox is the shop…

Dan's shop comes to mind (sorry for the small picture, I could not get the big shot linked in)

So why did I opt for a tool-chest over this?

I’ll answer that tomorrow after I have dealt with my cat, who has decided to be a raging pain.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#13 posted 468 days ago

an unabated source of wood

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#14 posted 468 days ago

Great forum idea, Ryan. I’ll get back to you in a few months.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#15 posted 468 days ago

Moron, you have a gift for double entendre that never ceases to delight.

And yet again I get hauled off the computer before I can answer my self posed question.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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