Fri, Nov 3, 2006, 7:20am (EST-3) email@example.com (RayV) doth
<snip> The box will sit on the counter most of the time but needs to be
portable. <snip> this 'portable' box will probably end up being around
<snip> I would like to hear from anyone who has tried either of these
pieces of hardware, has helpful suggestions, or just wants to ridicule
I'm just curious. What exactly is "your" definitin of "portable"?
'Cause I've seen "portable" tool boxes before. It usually meant it was
carried around in the back of a pickup, after two men, or more, wrestled
it up there, often meaning it wound up being slid up a couple of planks,
because you were risking serious injury ifting the damn thing. At 30"
wide your version doesn't sount any lighter.
If it was me, making a chest to hold tools, and be able to wrestle
into the back of a truck to take to a job site, I'd make something along
the line of what my grandfather had. It was a large chest, probably
about 4' wide, about 3' front to back, anc probably something over 2'
high. Locking top. Inside the tools were in rectangular boxes, that
slid back and forth on lips or ledges, about 3 layers of them. This let
you have access to every tool in the box, even those on the bottom. the
saws were held in the top. All the tools were hand tools, but it would
work with power hand tools. It wasn't light, but it was "portable", and
it didn't set on a bench, it sat on the floor.
Again, if it wss me, I'd make several "totes, that one man could
handle by himself, making multiple trips from the shop to the truck, the
truck to the job site, and reverse when done. I'd just load the tools I
needed for that particular job, and when in the shop I'd keep them in
some non-portable location, wheher a chest, hanging on the wall, on a
If you're not making a rocket, it ain't rocket science.