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Portable tool box
I worked out of this tool box for about 20 years. Always found it to be very convenient to work out of and I never left any tools behind at the job site. There are several people in my area with like chest and I have even made some for other people I worked with. It is not that heavy when loaded and it is very easy to carry with the suit case handle.
For the case carcass I chose to use ½" white oak with dovetailed corners and ¼" white oak plywood . To fasten the tool holding brackets in place I used 1/8" birch ply fit to the inside of the case. Then screwed though the ply into the back side of the brackets. Then the panels are surrounded with ¼"x ½"stops screwed on to the sides. That way I could replace or change the brackets if needed without messing up the outside of the case.
The case when closed measures 5 ¾" thick x 22" wide and 30 ½" tall.
The finish I used was lacquer. It actually held up pretty well over the years.
The lower cabinet which is on wheels I just used in the shop. It was made out of mostly scrap lumber poplar framing , glued up maple drawer fronts and walnut for the handles. At the shop I also had a pencil sharpener and bracket for an orbital sander and rolls of sanding disk mounted on the top of lower cabinet. If I was to build another one I guess about the only thing that I might change would be some of the tool holding brackets.
We also had tall cabinets near by for routers, bits and other power tools. I guess I like to keep everything close by.
Lynn

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A very cool tool cabinet it seems like a lot of weight to carry around though,
 

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Nicely organized!
 

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A great case and a great layout. No wonder you never left a tool behind, a place for everything and everything in it's place.
 

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Thanks for comments. Jim you made me wonder about the weight issue so I just weighed it. It weighs 51 pounds loaded. It never seened to be an issue because of the way you carry it. My line of work we were on site from 1-2 wks. at a time so We didn't have to move them that much. Thanks again
Lynn
 

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Really cool cabinet.
 

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Nice design. Take up little space when not in use and everyhting is easily accessible. A french cleat on the back and you could hang it on the wall and it would be equally usable in your shop.
 

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Nice case, keeps tools well organised too, great job
 

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Nice looking case. Cool.
 

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I like it I like it.
 

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This is a project that has stuck out in my head since the day you posted it….

It just sums up a really good idea and reflects that you know what you need and what you're doing with it.
 

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Perfec idea. Thanks for sharing.
 
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