Tools are at the centre of what we as tool maniacs love.
And if we look after them and protect them and treat them right, they’ll serve us for years.
Many people use the floor or a bedside chair as a makeshift wardrobe and in our book that’s fine for your typical Armani suit.
But your tools? The objects that bring you so much joy and happiness and fulfilment?
They deserve something better that a spare chair. They need a home.
Somewhere where they won’t constantly clatter against each other.
And what could be safer than a tool box or chest? Especially one with lockable draws.
A good sized well organised tool box, will make it easier to find your tools and so save time on every project you set your mind to.
But what type? There’s so many. Tool Chest or Tool Box?
Tool Chests tend to be bigger and Tool Boxes more mobile. Choosing one that fulfils all your needs can be tricky. But the good news is that you have plenty of different solutions to choose from.
Below is list of things you should keep in mind when you’re picking one that’s right for you.
1: How much room do you have?
It’s tape measure time!
Start by measuring the space where you’re going to put the tool box so you know how much room you have. If you don’t have the space there’s no point in getting a huge tool box (I wish it wasn’t so – but one of us has to be practical).
And don’t forget you also need enough space in front of the toolbox to fully open the draws. So, allow at least double the depth of any box you buy.
2: Don’t buy for the tools you have, buy for the tools you want.
Being an official tool maniac there’s a good chance if we asked what tools you want to own, you’d reply, “all of them”.
So planning ahead is vital. You never know when a new, must-have-tool will show up. And if you’re tool box is already full, well, imagine how upset that would make you.
So allow for future tools. You can always choose a stackable chest so your space grows with the number of tools you have. You just stack another chest on top of the base.
3: Can Hand and Powered Tools live in harmony?
This is a biggie.
Hand tools tend to take up less space that powered tools so shallow draws work well.
That means more draws in the same cabinet space which means more tools! (hooray!)
Powered tools are bulkier thanks to the motor, casing and battery and chargers. These tools need deep draws so keep in mind that this means fewer draws in the same cabinet space.
You’ll almost certainly have both, but we’d advise to keep them in different draws. So choose a box or unit that suites you.
4: Draws, draws and more draws
Always check how much weight the draws can take. All those shiny stainless-steel tools don’t half weigh a bit when put in one place.
If your budget stretches to it ball bearing runners make the draws easier to open and close and they extend fully so you can always reach the tools at the back.
Draw liners are a great idea too. Some tools, like files are very easily damaged by rubbing together and a liner gives them the best chance of a long, happy life. And we all want happy tools, don’t we?
5: Stationary or mobile?
If you tend to use your tools away from where they’re stored perhaps you should consider a mobile tool box. It would save a huge amount of time from going back and forth.
Just be sure the casters are strong enough to take it. Generally base units with larger casters are more stable and easier to control.