EDITED to add: This is an older post, some of my favorite products have changed.
My toolbox has been in my house since I started working on the living room. It usually lives in the garage. I think it is getting pretty comfortable living in the house. I have organized it more in the last few weeks than I ever have, and it is still a mess.
Here it is. This toolbox was a Christmas gift several years ago from my nephew. I really like it because it isn’t very heavy. Once it is filled with tools, it is heavy, but on it’s own it is not.
Most of what is in here is very standard. Some items are duplicated, meaning at one time or another I couldn’t find it so I put another one in there.
Let’s take a closer look. On the left you see I have flat head screwdrivers. (all sizes) You can also see part of my utility knife. In the middle little well, you can see I have several drill bits, a nail punch and a quick change bit for my drill. There is also a broken counter sink bit. I’ve broken every single one I’ve had, but they are still usable.
In the front compartment, a tape measure (one of 3) a couple of rulers, some glazing points (window cabinets) a carpenter’s pencil, and 2 small pry bars. I love, love, love the pry bars! They are so perfect when you remove wall to wall carpet, and countless other uses. Under the glazing points you can sort of see a glass cutter. By the glass cutter you can see another utility knife. Under the nail punch, you can see a long shaft, this is an extra long bit that we use when we build benches. It drills through the large square bedposts.
On the right, I have phillips screwdrivers (again, all sizes)
In the middle well, I have some pencils, and the large quick change portion of my Black & Decker drill. This is fabulous! I can have a drill bit in it and quickly remove it to reveal the screwdriver portion. A hammer, which I only have one! (well, I have one in the house, and one for the garage) An adjustable wrench, which I rarely use, but when I need it, it’s great to have! Nippers (wire cutters?) I use them for blowouts! Blowouts … when I shoot a nail with my nail gun and miss the board. Usually I can pull them on through, but sometimes I have to snip them.
This is my absolute favorite tape measure! I got it at the peddler’s mall. I’m terrible with math, so this tape measure tells me where ⅜’s is! 🙂 No more counting the little hash marks.
This is my small level. I also have a very LARGE one out in the garage.
My work gloves. Gloves are a great way to keep from getting splinters. I always put them in my purse or pocket when I go to home depot. Safety note: It is unsafe to wear your gloves when you use power saws. Cousin Terry is a millwright and she has told me that she knows several 9 fingered millwrights. Once the saw blade gets hold of your glove, there is nothing you can do. Since she has scolded me, I haven’t worn my gloves when using the compound miter saw or the table saw.
Now we’re looking under the top tray. From left to right, tape measure, tool belt, speed square, rx bottle with random screws, earplugs, screws, drill bits, more screws, chalk line, and lastly another bottle of screws.
Moving things around to see into the bottom, more screws, soap (for screws) rasp, Elmer’s wood filler, a hole saw with the wood still in it. (where I drilled a hole in my media center for cords to go out the back)
Top right, more drill bits, a plastic container of random fasteners.
Another hole saw, a couple of putty knives, and some more drill bits. (half circle looking thing)
This is NOT school glue. My wood glue bottle cracked, so I got an empty bottle to put my wood glue in.
These are some monster screws!
This is the fancy way I store my nails for my nail gun.
I try to keep a good assortment of lengths.
My nail gun! Love, Love, Love it! Battery operated, no need to drag around the compressor! Downside, it is only an 18 gauge finish nail gun.
One of my 3 drills.
That’s it, I hope you enjoyed the tour! I’m hoping to reorganize the garage this Spring. I would love to get my tools hung up on pegboards and have things a little more accessible. We’ll see! 🙂 Donna at Funky Junk suggests to “gut” your space instead of “shuffle”. The last few times I worked on organizing the garage I shuffled. Not a good way to get organized.
I made my pictures larger for this post so you can see details. I hope it doesn’t cause trouble for you getting the page to load. There are a couple of hints in this post about what I will be giving away next week.