For my purposes a tool chest was useless.
Chris Becksvoort, woodworker, 2001
My studio got converted into the laundry room.
The room upstairs with a south facing window is now my studio.
I spent most of yesterday moving tools and workbench up a set of narrow stairs and put everything on the floor.
I've been so busy with life, work on the house and property, along with a regular day job, I haven't made much time to make proper storage for all of my tools.
Now, I am faced with the challenge of making a tool cabinet, which will a wonderful thing to make.
I pared down my tool list to what you see in the above photo, my days of tool collecting are over because I own too many tools!
I have a feeling that I will be hanging most of the every day tools on pegs on the wall and I will make a cabinet of drawers and doors to hold tools that I use every now and again.
The plan is to convert the garage into a work shop, but I don't think I can get that done until next spring or summer, and once I move in I will make a proper tool cabinet to house the tools I need. Until that day arrives, this is my space.
Why did I get rid of my tool chest?
Here are several reasons-
It uses up valuable floor space.
Whenever I close the lid it immediately becomes a surface on which to put things that need to be removed when I need to access it.
I am tried of bending over and rummaging through tool chest detritus.
Chris Becksvoort also wrote the following in his Fine Woodworking article in the Winter 2001/2002 issue of Tools & Shops:
I am a furniture maker, not an itinerant carpenter. I don't take tools to job sites and I'm definitely not going to sea.
I am a guitar maker.
My last gig as a finish carpenter was 10 years ago.
My tools will live in a proper tool cabinet.
Remember, to each his own.
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