I came across a piece last week (via Lifehacker) on and it got me thinking: How many of you hard-core Toolmongers currently own older storage solutions — either restored or not? While I haven’t bothered to throw on new paint, my shop is full of a mix-match of various storage gear I bought and inherited. Pictured above, for example, is a Kennedy machinist’s toolbox that came out of my father’s shop.
Most folks dismiss the Kennedy as old and dirty, but I disagree. Well, it is old and dirty, but it’s a lot more than that. It’s a sturdy precision case that’ll hold scores of heavy bits and mills with nary a complaint. Sure, it’s not too pretty. But the drawers still slide out smoothly, and I only had to replace a little bit of the felt inside.
The theme continues along another wall, where my hodgepodge of mechanic’s tools reside in a pile of Craftsman roll-aways. Admittedly I only purchased one of them (the closest) from Sears. The other two I inherited, and both of them came from garage sales. The farthest one ran $75 and required a little drawer repair. The center one was the real steal: My father found it in a shop sale for $25. (There’s a medium-sized ding in the back of it that doesn’t affect the drawer movements and is purely cosmetic.)
But what about you? Have you recently purchased new storage or found something used? Know the secret to a great deal? Dish!