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Forum topic by ClayandNancy posted 08-04-2010 04:49 PM 1590 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2010 04:49 PM

As I was checking out to see what everyone was up to, I looked at Greedo’s shop cabinets, very nice work. In one of his photos, I noticed all the plastic tool cases. They sure do collect, what do you do with yours, store your tools, pitch them, or use them some other way?

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 05:01 PM

A few tools I don’t use very often live in their cases. For the rest, I had a bunch of empty cases on shelves here and there, and I finally pitched them a couple of weeks ago when I was cleaning up. It hurts to throw away a perfectly good case, but realistically they were never going to do anything but gather dust and take up precious space.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 05:18 PM

I’m with charlie there, A couple of my tools like my Dewalt cordless drill has to hit the road with me alot, so i’ll hang on to the case but other than that they hit the circular file pretty quick

-- I know its around here somewhere...

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 05:22 PM

hey clay,
all those tool boxes i have are empty (and i got more), i keep my tools and their accesories in drawers wich is much more handy.
i just don’t dare to throw the boxes away, or even sell them (wich some do on ebay, and people actually buy them) thinking to much about resale value, trying hard to keep the tools clean and minimize the use/abuse, and then it would be silly to ditch the cases :/

bought a 15 year old router a few months ago, the guy still kept it in the original carboard box with all documents and accesories intact. those details add value.

i do buy my tools in carboard boxes whenever possible

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 05:24 PM

Some tools live in the case. Plate jointer, morticeing attachment, etc. The rest are in the aittic incase I ever need them or want to get rid of the tool.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 06:34 PM

I even have the cases for tools that have long since been gone ( broken or wore out) I keep them all stacked up on one of my shelves makes me look like I have more tools. I always say sometimes it’s more important to own a tool than to use it…............................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 07:02 PM

I have yet to toss any of the cases, even the more useless ones that takes to long to get the tool back in, if it will go back in. But when it comes to the cardboard boxes, documents and such they get tossed rather quickly. And when I buy used I am more interested in the condition of the item and not the packaging. I am not a collector ( I am an accumulator ) and usually could care less. Instructions are read, skipping over the generic safety warnings and if after that it is pretty much common sense, they go also. I all ready have to much clutter in my life to add to it


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#7 posted 08-04-2010 07:43 PM

Greedo – I’m with you, most of my tools are in drawers or hanging up. Hate to throw the boxes out, just me. I have revamped one to hold two solder guns, an iron, and supplies. Another I put my RotoZip and attachments and bits in. I cut out dense foam out to hold them tight in the case. Like TheWoodsmith, some are kept for road trips.

Schloemoe- Can you get that concept of more important to own a tool than use it, explained to my wife. Extra clamps and routors, she just doesn’t understand.

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#8 posted 08-05-2010 04:03 AM

Some I stor the tools in, especiall the ones I take to jobs in the truck. Others I reasign and redidicate to other objects; a sharp utility knife is handy for that. Some i pitch.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 08-05-2010 04:22 AM

Most of my tools are in cabinets or on shelves. Ones that I might take on a job, like finish nailers, are in cases. All the empties are stored away. Like most of the above, never know when they will be needed.

Clay, remember this – it is a lot easier to seek forgiveness than to get permission. I purchase, then beg for forgiveness. I started 35 years ago with a 6 hp boat motor, and have yet to stop. It still works.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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Dennis Fletcher

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#10 posted 08-05-2010 04:30 AM

I keep my tools in their cases, even if it is a shop tool. I just figure, since it was sold with it, no sense in throwing it away. It feels like I am wasting my money that way.

Also, since most of my tools end up on my truck, the cases help to keep them in good working order.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#11 posted 08-05-2010 04:44 AM

I don’t keep any tools in their cases. I keep the cases and store them outside of the workshop. Sometimes I will use a case to take a tool to a job site. However, normally I am only keeping the case for the unlikely event that I may sell the tool someday.

Many years ago there was a case for a camera called an EverReady case. For me a case for a workshop tool is a NeverReady case.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 08-05-2010 05:33 AM

They make good step stools to reach high shelves and cupboards.

-- Roy L, Arizona

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 07:17 AM

made it to the driveway with them and put them in the plastic wagon that has bent casters….yeah…uh…the plastic pile… there are more in my bedroom… i’m a snazzy decorator…

-so i noticed them in the background of a photo i posted in the “shop” category and thought about it some…

I decided that maybe i could use them for gift boxes for anything i make for people that will fit in the funny space with some tissue.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#14 posted 08-10-2010 07:42 AM

Most of my tools pull double duty, they need to be portable to take to job sites, not that I do that a lot. So if they came in a case they stay with the case. All other tools I buy tool boxes for so they can be portable. Maybe it’s just my neurosis.

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