A Tool Cabinet for People Who Have More Tools than will Fit in a Tool Box
If you know someone with a lot of tools, whose tool boxes just are not big enough to hold them all, then a tool chest might be the perfect gift. Take a look at some of the options available to find one that would work best to suit the your tool king in your life.
Where do you keep your tools if you have so many (either for your work or just because you are obsessed with tools) that two or three tool boxes just are not big enough? A tool cabinet. Though it sounds fairly basic, even a tool cabinet is more than it sounds and can come in a variety of sizes, configurations and materials.
First there are the obvious cabinets that hang on the wall with special storage options specifically designed for tools. One tool cabinet that I have seen is made of metal and has a work space that folds down. This is really nifty. To see it hanging on the wall, it looks like a regular cabinet with two handles to open the doors, but instead of opening doors, you use the handles to pull the front of the cabinet down. The “bottom” of the cabinet lies flat against the wall and the “door” becomes the work area. Even niftier, is that the back and bottom of the cabinet is a pegboard, with two small shelves and plenty of space to organize a large variety of tools. Another really cool feature is that if you want to have a vice or other tool attached to the bench top, you can leave it in place when the cabinet is folded closed. There are also detachable legs that can be used to offer more support when working on heavy jobs.
Many tool cabinets come on wheels so that you can move them around your shop or garage to where the work is, instead of having to continually move back and forth to your tools. This helps keep your tools better organized because there is less chance that you will just leave your tools lying around to put away later. Most of these cabinets have a multitude of narrow drawers, though others have an actual cabinet plus drawers. These come in many sizes, with varying heights and widths.
Some of the wider ones I have seen are quite deluxe. They have a hinged lid and drawers are of varying sizes. Plus there is a small locker that can be mounted on either side of the cabinet. These are for the serious tool jockeys!
Some of the roller tool cabinets come in two sections, with the top part being a detachable tool box. This is handy if you do most of your work in one place, but occasionally do need your basic tools for other jobs. You can simple detach and carry the top box to wherever you need it.
The last main type of tool cabinet that I have seen is similar to a tool box in that it is smaller, but it is designed to be used in one place. It is set on top of a counter and has multiple drawers. It is different from tool boxes because it does not have a carrying handle and does not have a hinged lid.
Two nice thing about almost any tool chest is that it is lockable and they are heavy duty – usually made of metal. So if tools are your thing, whether by necessity or choice, then you may need a tool cabinet to hold all you tools. And as you can tell, there are a variety of options for you to choose from to find what will work best for you.
Author: MJ Marks
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