Introduction: Toolbox Ideas

I was tired of having all of my tools lying in a pile so I decided to build myself a toolbox to store them in. The foam rubber is excellent for keeping the tools in place, I got it for free from my mom's work they use it to protect expensive devices when shipping them around the world.

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curbowman made it! (author)2016-08-01

How did you cut the foam to hold the tools? I always end up doing bigger shapes and destroying the foam...

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90kar08 made it! (author)90kar082016-08-02

This was a looong time ago, but if I remember it correctly I cut the foam on the band saw, very carefully.

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fulltimerart made it! (author)2015-09-27

Nice looking box! I have been looking for a box for my leatherworking tools and have not been able to find anything but I think that with a little tweaking your design would be just right--I especially like the straps inside the lid-no wasted space. Good job

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shazni made it! (author)2012-01-18

Guess what...i designed this same box just before i saw this! amazing huh?
only i have only a jigsaw...so no dadoes for the drawers. Instead i cut 3 strips..2 to the top and bottom and the center to the side board. will post as soon as i'm finished :-) btw...would you mind telling me the dimensions of the drawer?

my hammer is the biggest tool so i thought to go for 14" by 7". and height of 2".
do you think that is too small?. thought to do 3 drawers and a top shelf for my nail containers

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90kar08 made it! (author)90kar082013-07-17

I would say that's about the size of mine, have you built any box yet?

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shazni made it! (author)2012-01-18

how does your drawer slide?

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90kar08 made it! (author)90kar082013-07-17

They slide on a strip of wood on each side of the drawer, sorry for the not so quick reply ;)

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90kar08 made it! (author)2013-07-17

Thank you all for the nice comments! And sorry I've been so slow with the answers... I am planning to build a new and slightly bigger toolbox with the same overall look and design as this one.

I've used the box for a while now and have noticed some things I would like to change. The main issue is that both the drawers and the top need two hands to open and the elastic cord used for the locking mechanism for the lid isn't very elastic any more. Also I got rid of the top foam rubber rather quickly as I wanted somewhere to put random small stuff like nails and screws and such.

I'll post either a full instructable here or a video on Youtube with instructions of how to build one once I'm finished with the new one.

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Dr.Bill made it! (author)2013-03-02

Great 'Show and Tell' piece.
I would like to build ah nice tool box but I don't have what it takes to figure it all out.
Please update with pictures of how the drawers look finished. Drawer slides and such.
Did you have to build a frame to nail the wood sides to?

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bwoodfield made it! (author)2011-05-27

I can see this being very handy if you had some specialized tools that you wanted to keep organized together, like some wood working tools.

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r_harris2 made it! (author)r_harris22012-12-11

I was just thinking the same thing, for precision tools. My micrometers sit in their original cardboard box because I don't want them damaged, but having foam drawers for micrometers, dial calipers, multimeter, etc, would be a great way to store them.

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djtaz made it! (author)2011-10-14

do you have this in a PDF file so I can save it

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pfred2 made it! (author)2011-02-12

I line my toolboxes with this:

http://img.ecplaza.com/my/efit/11.jpg

If I used foam like you use it'd get all greasy and full of saw dust pretty quickly. I'd also have a lot more toolboxes!

http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/658/redboxpliers.jpg

Your toolbox reminds me a lot of an art box I made for myself:

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/5704/cnp4006.jpg

I wish I had pictures of some of the tool boxes I've made. But I'm too lazy to get up and get my camera right now.

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Mattkguns made it! (author)2011-02-09

this is pretty awesome, make yourself a couple of these for different types of tools/ jobs (electrical, plumbing, drill bits, etc...) id be down for a full instructable as well

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mosley1912 made it! (author)2010-08-09

is there an instructable for this. that includes full instructions on how to make this?

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_Scratch_ made it! (author)2009-12-31

lol u have the same red gripped wire strippers i have

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apskari made it! (author)2009-12-27

These should be shown more. I will post mine when its done. Planning to add all tools in one box and add wheels from an old suitcase to pull it around. Allready have a big plywood box just cathering dust

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flaco1 made it! (author)2009-09-24

Very nice box

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matt byrne made it! (author)2009-08-28

Nice piece of work, but I can't figure out what the little green handles on the top do.

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90kar08 made it! (author)90kar082009-08-28

You push them to open the lid.

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matt byrne made it! (author)matt byrne2009-08-28

Ah ha ! Very handy ;)

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