Super cheap mobile toolbox.

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Project by Ollie posted 05-01-2013 05:04 PM 9649 views 21 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a very quick project I made to replace my now ageing and battered old plastic rolling toolbox (picture 2) that I use to contain my rough site tools.

The plastic one was quite good but suffered a few problems, one that it was too large to easily carry through a standard doorway or up small staircases. the other that it was mainly a huge empty space in which stuff just rattled about.

I looked around for a replacement box that suited my purpose and could not find anything that was just right in size or layout.

So having no cash and getting annoyed with my old box I decided to make one quickly from scraps and offcuts.

The construction is simply all glue and screws, I didn`t bother with any proper joints at all, as I was unsure if it would work as a concept.

The only costs were the wheels, the T hinges I used for the pull handle and the case handles. In total less than £20. I had the soft close lid stay hanging around so I am not counting that as a cost or the four door hinges used for the lid.

I made the box slightly shorter in length than the old plastic one but wider and slightly taller as I use it to stand on and sit down on it to eat lunch.

It has one large tray at the top with two smaller trays underneath, the trays just sit on runners at the front and back. I left sufficient space underneath for larger stuff like my drill, hammer and chisel roll.
The pull handle is just on a pair of gate hinges. I will put a small saw holder in the lid as well as some straps for other flat tools. Also several more tools need to go in.
I just chucked on a coat of Osmo oil to the box for a bit of protection.
One day I would love to have everything organized like an aerospace engineer with every single thing in its place with foam cut outs and stuff but for now this will do.


-- Ollie, UK.

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 07:41 PM

Excellent project, good layout of the instruments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 10:41 PM

Form should follow function. Nice job making something useful out of scraps.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#3 posted 05-03-2013 04:11 PM

Great idea and build! It’s practical, convenient and multi-functional. This will serve you well and way better than the plastic one.

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