A Clever Tool Case
Built-in stands keep an essential tool kit at the ready
Synopsis: Yeung Chan found that wall storage wasn’t enough for his beloved handmade hand tools, especially on installation jobs. So he came up with his own solution, a portable toolbox for the essentials. His toolbox meets important criteria: It carries and protects an essential group of tools, it’s big enough to handle most situations, and it’s not too heavy to carry. The article provides box layout and construction information, including a knockdown stand for the toolbox. At Chan’s classes, even his toolboxes become an exhibit.
From Fine Woodworking #167
Starting when I was a boy in China, making hand tools became second nature to me. Most of the hand tools I use today are ones I have made. My tools are the extensions of my hands, helping me work faster, safer, and with better results. So I treat them with care, keeping them sharp and well-tuned.
It’s not a good idea to store cutting tools in a box without separating each one; tools hitting one another will cause damage and dull the cutting edges. When I went into business as a furniture maker, my first solution for tool storage was a large tool board mounted on the shop wall. However, I soon found that I needed my tools with me when I did installation jobs. And I began to take on a busy teaching schedule, giving classes, seminars, and demos in many different places. It became a big job to remove all of the tools from the tool board and arrange them in good order for travel (not to mention putting them all back on the wall afterward).
So I made a toolbox with the following mission in mind: to carry and protect an essential group of hand tools, big enough to handle most situations but…