Ever wanted a way to carry around the tools you need without having to dig through a big pile of them. Well then this is the project for you. You can change up sizes or materials based on your own personal preference.
Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed for This Project.
For this project, some of the materials I used can be exchanged for something different.
- 4 Brass Hinges
- Brass Chain Latch
- Brass Screws
- Pegboard Hooks
any size and kind of wood will do, I'm just showing the basic idea of this toolbox. But for those of you who don't want to customize, the poplar I used was about 1.5" wide and some weird measurement for the thickness.
Step 2: Measure and Cut Out the Pegboard.
For the larger piece, I first created a 24"x20" piece, but then realized that I messed up and cut it down to a 20"x20" piece. This large piece is the back.
The second and third pieces are the doors of the toolbox. Their height should be the same as the height of back piece, while their width should be half the width of the back piece. This meant that the two doors of my toolbox would have to be 10"x20".
Tip: While cutting this pegboard with a hand saw is possible, I highly recommend using a table saw, circular saw, or possibly a jig saw.
Step 3: Measure and Cut Out the Other Wood.
Since poplar is a very soft wood, I decided to cut it using a hand saw.
When it comes to figuring out lengths, my thought process was as follows. (Although it may seem dumbed-down, this is the way I thought to keep my short attention span on track).
- I have 3 pieces, each with 4 sides
- The different side lengths I have to cut wood for are eight 20" pieces and four 10" pieces.
- If I take two 20" pieces and add them to opposite sides of the larger piece of pegboard, I have to then take into account the 1.5"s that each pieces removes from the 20" sides of the other two sides. This means that I need to cut two 20" pieces and two 17" pieces for the large piece of pegboard.
- By doing the same process to the two smaller pieces, each one needs two 20" pieces and two 7" pieces.
In short, I needed to cut six 20" pieces, two 17" pieces, and two 7" pieces of wood.
Step 4: Attach the Wood to the Pegboard.
For this, I used brass screws and screwed all the pieces of wood to the pegboard in a repeating pattern. Luckily the pattern I chose worked perfectly.
Step 5: Connect the Three Pieces With Hinges.
Initially, I had intended on putting three hinges between each piece but in the end I settled for two. I also just eyeballed a the spacing between two of the screws already in the poplar and used that to place the hinges.
Step 6: Add the Latch to Finish It Up.
One concern I had was that since my wood didn't provide enough thickness to close the toolbox with certain tools inside, I decided to use a chain latch so that I could close and latch the toolbox without it having to be flush.
Participated in the
Invention Challenge 2017