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matmac

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Hi guys
I’ve not posted here for a long time. I’ve been mulling over my tool storage. I have a workshop but a lot of my work takes me out on site or to other people’s workshops. I am forever frustrated with the lack of organisation in my how I carry my hand tools. I’ve bought bags and totes gallor. Nothing has ticked all the boxes. So it’s time I make my own.
My spec is lightweight, enclosed with a draw or two on the outside so I don’t have to open it all up to get to anything and if possible ide like it to double as a step up/low bench.
So if anybody has some of there own boxes they have made I would love to see them thank you. One of my great inspirations came off a thread on this site long forgotten.
Cheers for taking the time.
 

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What you are describing is a traditional carpenters tool box. Such as this Beginning Woodworking Part 2: Fall Front Wooden Toolbox
Normally the lock is a traditional morticed cupboard lock so that the top is as flat as possible and can be used to place timber for sawing.
Yes that’s it but I want the draw at the bottom so I don’t have to open the lid to get to it. Do you think that is strong enough to stand on? I’m a big lad 😁
 

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Yes that’s it but I want the draw at the bottom
Drawer.

So insert a false floor and put a drawer or two in underneath.

.......Do you think that is strong enough to stand on? I’m a big lad 😁
Make it of thicker timber.

I'd also move the catches to the sides, and have some sort of recessed or folding handle to leave a flat top for working on.
 

clogs

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Vamos, Crete, GREECE.......
or you could go the whole hog.....
and make one of these.....but you would never carry it ......
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or if you lived in a better climate.....with no travellers.....
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the Scottish water board has just got rid of a few Toyota 4x4's like that.....
I just missed one....oh pooo........
 

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Maybe not exactly what you're after but for site work I use this. Made from offcuts, base wider than top for stability, knee-height - useful for knealing on the wood you are cutting, tool-storage and a good step-up - make sturdy enough to support your weight! You could always upgrade it and put drawers in?

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There's a whole book on toolbox designs!

This could mess with your head though!!!!

 

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I made this a few years ago out of recycled Lundia shelving.

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It suits me fine. If you want drawers accessible from the outside, you'll need to find some way of securing them so they don't slide out accidentally. I've not found it a nuisance to open the box to get access. Make it too big and you won't be able to lift it.

Pete
 

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I had a suitcase type until I grew tired.of laying it down in the car boot and have the tools all over the place. This two part box stands upright and keeps things tidyimage.jpegimage.jpeg
 
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