As we saw in the previous post, keeping the tools is vital in our day to day, working in a workshop or in an office. That is why today we go a step further and we talk about toolboxes.

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Toolboxes: the image of a professional

Have you thought about how much time you spend finding a tool? The toolboxes are a sign of our professionalism. For practical purposes, a box of wood or plastic can also serve to carry tools. They are practical and would allow us to find the utensils quickly.

This reflection is more common than it seems. In fact, spending money on a toolbox often gets pretty lazy, especially if you’re never going to leave the workspace. But, once again, we must consider our degree of professionalism and efficiency.

In any case there is a high risk of breakage or overturning. A hammer may weigh little, but if we add a chisel or a few screws with ease we can surpass the 2 kilos. If we also want to carry electric tools (drills, welders, …) and their components (drills or tips for example) we can easily exceed 10 kilos. Unconsciously, the weight of a box already carries a higher load for which it was manufactured, with all the dangers that this entails.

Resistance and adaptability, key factors

Whether it is wood or plastic, we should consider the type of use we are going to give to toolboxes. If we look for something simple because it will never leave the workshop, the best is a suitable container. In case we plan to use a toolbox on time, we can opt for a professional but economic range.

Traditionally, one of the first projects undertaken by carpenter apprentices was to make their own toolbox. The main conditioning was not so much the measures or the weight, but the interior distribution. Each job requires specific compartments, adapted to the tools.

Currently there are many types of toolboxes, made of materials such as rigid plastic, steel, aluminium or high strength composites. Each model is made to offer the maximum adaptability to all type of work. Even so, it is not always enough. It is not surprising that many professionals end up doing their own toolbox themselves.

Our recommendation is that you select the tools you use most, classifying them as “vital” and “auxiliary“. The first are those that you must always carry on and determine the type of box, which without them you could not work. The second ones are necessary but their use is more punctual.

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Design and maintenance of tools

Whether professional or amateur, the design of your toolboxes should be consistent with your projects. Beyond price, we must ask ourselves if this box will take good care of our tools. For example, if we use carving tools, such as knives or chisels, it is important that the blade is protected. Also, fastening mechanisms must be firm and easy to operate.

If you are looking for brand-level references, Craftsman is a referent in mechanical toolboxes. On the other hand, Milwaukee or Stanley is good brands, designed for most manual works. Finally, the American Starrett realizes boxes and sets of wood of high quality for the most nostalgic ones.

Finally, if you think it is best to make a toolbox yourself, we leave here a tutorial to follow step by step. The result is spectacular.

We leave it here for today. And you, what toolboxes do you use? 😉