Adding a set of wheels to the mix means that if your ride is on the other side of the room, you won't have to waste away half of your day trekking back and forth to grab that one odd wrench or socket every five minutes. Then, rip the strips from the board, cut them to length and screw them in place Photo 3. More + The Duramax 72 in. Some automotive, some metal working, but my main focus is wood working. The design of the box is small and narrow enough to be stacked on other boxes for convenient storage when not in use. If a drawer is snug, sand the guides until it slides smoothly. I prefer using the socket style hex bit sets since you can use them with a torque wrench.
With that in mind, we present a gallery of twenty solutions we hope will inspire some clever organizational ideas in you. Glad to be a help and thanks for the kind words. The instructions are not great as they can be vague and hard to follow. I used to feel dovetails much as you do - that dovetails were beyond the ken of mortal men. My design criteria were pretty standard. While you could make the drawer with butt joints, we opted for dadoes in the drawer front and rabbet joints elsewhere. I am thinking about redoing all my wall storage with French cleats and adding some to the back and sides of the chest to make it even more modular and useful in the shop.
This will allow you to use mismatching drive sockets and wrenches. Join the back and front to one side, then slide the bottom panel into its groove. Lay out the dovetails on the drawer sides with an adjustable bevel and marking gauge. Note that the extra length at the ends of each blank supports the router base for these cuts. Lots of Space With twelve drawers on this chest, you will find lots of room to store your supplies. The different tiers will allow you to organize different tools and parts while keeping everything in immediate reach as you work.
It has an extra large carrying handle it folds down for easy storage that you can use to easily pull the box, and there are also two extra-big wheels which make it easy to transport over almost any terrain. Closing Thoughts Those are my top picks for the best of the best tool chests you can buy online. Use a spade bit to bore the blind hole. Start with a good set of sockets designed to work with impact tools and then add other impact gun-specific sockets like , , , etc. It is just big enough to hold your tools and supplies but also small enough that you can move it around to wherever you need it most. All in all, an excellent build. To make the handle more comfortable, I shape its corners with a round-over bit installed in a router table.
Each storage space is easily accessible once everything is unfolded. Its sturdy plastic toolbox doesn't really leave room to add to the collection, but for the first year or so of working, that shouldn't really be an issue. Years ago I slapped together a wooden toolbox out of scrap lumber I had kicking around my garage. A must when trying to troubleshoot any electrical issues. Slide remaining sides in and fasten.
Depending on the accessibility of the component you're trying to remove, this could definitely be a handy setup. There is also a side handle that can be removed to help you transport the chest when you need to. Sure, but these boxes are workhorses, not works of art. To keep it light, the cart uses a combination of molded plastic and metal to form a sturdy frame. Moving this chest around on its large seven inch wheels is like hauling a small trailer behind you.
Maximize plywood to use the least amount of wood but come up with the most usable space to save money. Finally, cut precisely along the layout lines, taking care to keep the cuts square to the face of the board. When it's time to start shopping for tools, figuring out where to start can be a bit challenging. For the drawer fronts, however begin by making sharply angled cuts to define the blind pins Photo 1. The cabinet frame took 1. Trick on proper spacing of drawer slides installation onto cabinet frame. Fix, reset the light with the scanner and you should be good to go! Larger boxes provide ample space and organization at the cost of weight.
Here are five examples I created for PopMech, which I made primarily out of plywood and screws. I have been using this Torin jack for the last 10 years and it has never failed me despite being inexpensive. I made a mistake buying a different type before — the one with a big round lid on top. The smaller, shallow drawers are ideal for storing tools like wrenches, screwdrivers, and bits, while the deeper, larger drawers are good for storing larger, bulkier tools and other items. Screw the rail in place, making sure that the parts are square. A telescopic, all metal pull handle makes it easy to maneuver and pull the chest around as you move. I would have used glue but it was too cold in my shop for my particular brand of wood glue to actually work.