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Repurposing a Tool Case

What do you do with an old tool case? Most times these are thrown away when the tools go bad, but there are some other useful things that could be done with them if you have the imagination to think of something.

I found a use for this old tool case.  It is now a case in my truck that holds ratchet straps, bungee straps, rope, and gloves. 

The first photo shows you the case I started with, it is approximately 20” wide, 13” deep, and 5” tall. In the second photo you can see that it used to house a drill, light, charger, and 2 batteries in the molded case.

The third photo shows you where the insides are now outside.  The way a lot of these tool cases are made the outside is made separate from the molded inside. Then the 2 parts are glued or welded together.  So to separate them I cut into the molded part close to the edge. I did not cut it all the way to the edge the first time.  I cut out the majority of the molded part out, and then I trimmed all the edges.  I left a little all around the edges just for strength.
In the fourth photo you can see that I have put in several ratchet straps, rope, bungee straps, and gloves. There is still plenty of room for in the future when I have more straps to put in the case.

Another idea I have is to turn one of these cases into a small battery station.  Put solar cells on the lid, small charge controller, small battery or 2, and a small inverter.  That would be enough to charge some cell phones or a laptop for a long time. 
What else can you think of using a case like this for?
I tossed a few of these about 6 mo ago. It's a shame I see this now lol. A good place to get a lot of these is goodwill. I will have to stop by there and get some now. Also about shaping them I just thought of this put what you want shaped in a zip lock bag, spray foam, stick item in and wait till it hardens. Then trim it out.
pfred27 months ago
I've done this for some of my pneumatic accessories. I cut out a blow molded box an angle grinder came in and used it to store air fittings. Some tools are nice in cases though. I imagine this could even work the other way too. You could cut out the inserts for tools and stack them in a bigger toolbox. That way you're not trying to carry a few boxes at a time, but tools are still protected, and organized in a box.
l8nite7 months ago
I've done this with several larger boxes but thank you for sharing
hhhinz7 months ago
I have done this to a few cases and it works well.. I have taken a few of them and built dense foam, from Joann Crafts, to fit in tools so they done bounce all over the place.. I am looking for a good way to shape that foam though.. Some of the dense packing foam works well to hold drill bits, dremel accessories and other small stuff..
Wolfbane2217 months ago
pretty neat! +1
knife1417 months ago
Nice idea! I usually toss most cases like this because I never thought about removing the molded innards. Thanks for posting this.
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