During the Great Migration of One-Thousand Tools that has occurred over the last several weeks, it became clear to me that this…
Was lacking a certain amount of organization. I know, those of you that tend toward OCD just went into a seizure. Sorry about that.
So to make the moving, finding, and storing of my small tools a little easier, I decided to build some quick cheap wooden toolboxes.
To make 4 boxes approximately 6x8x18 I used:
- 2 – 1x6x48″ pine boards
- 2 – 1x8x48″ pine boards
- 2 – 1″ diameter dowel (48″ long)
- 1-1/2″ screws
I bought select grade pine and it was still less than $50 for materials, so these boxes ended up being around $12 apiece.
These are the two I completed this weekend, one for miscellaneous pliers and screwdriver, and one for hammers, levels, chalk-lines, etc.
There are hundreds of different ways you can build a basic toolbox. As with most of my projects I choose to wing it instead of using a plan. These were meant to be quick, cheap, and fun, not a masterful piece of workmanship.
I started by cutting the 1×8 down for the ends and bottom on the miter saw, which I also used to slant the corners of the end pieces.
This is originally how I planned to attach the pieces…
But after some consideration I decided the side panels should set flush with the bottom instead of on top of it. That meant ripping an inch and a half off the width of the bottom pieces on the tablesaw. As you can see by the varying quality of pictures this project took place over several days and locations. (The iphone pics above are from my garage, and the next ones are from my basement.)
Once all the pieces were cut I drilled the holes for the handle by clamping each set of ends together, marking one of them, and then predrilling through both too make sure the hole would be aligned.
Then a quick sanding…
And since I decided to have some fun with these, a little spray paint as well…
I was making these up on the fly and it turns out I get more clever the longer I inhale spraypaint fumes. I also debated for a good 15 seconds over “pinchers” vs “pincers”… I went with “pincers” specifically because it gives me the mental image of a lobster with a screwdriver in it’s claw. Absurd? Yes. But also amusing.
So here’s how the assembly went down. (I even brought the pieces up to the kitchen so I could get better assembly pictures, if you’re wondering why there are random kitchen utensils in the background.)
First I tacked everything together with my cordless finish nailer. The sides to the bottom first…
Then the ends…
And I used one nail through the dowel to secure the handle.
Now I could have just used wood glue on the joints when I tacked it together, and with a few more nails it would have been good to go.
However, apparently the wood glue didn’t make it with the rest of the tools in the move, I decided to use screws for added strength instead.
I used four in each end, and four in the bottom of each side.
If I was going to be something made out of wood and screws, this would be it. Sturdy, if not wholly attractive, and can carry around a whole lot of tools without taking itself too seriously.
The final two boxes have yet to be assembled, but I’m thinking one is going to be for paint brushes and spackling knives, and the other will be for electrical equipment. And I have to say it feels great to have built something in the new place, finally.
What do you think… would you treat your tools with more reverence, or are these toolboxes right up your alley?