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So I was thinking a few months already about making a portable tool chest (with each of my boys, 14 and 11 respectively) so that they can put their (unplugged) woodworking tools in. They have a plastic 89liter cargo trunk each, but that is getting heavy I was thinking something for some of the tools only(the essentials). part of the build will be to teach them to make dovetails and other joints, and to use their 043 plough planes and other tools.

And recently even Paul Sellers had some posts about a small tool chest,

I was thinking a Dutch tool chest (maybe with wheels for luggability, yet sturdy on the ground). Luggability so that they can take the essentials to where they are going to work, yet pack it all away when they are finished. Each their own, so that they learn to use and maintain their own tools. I don't want to make it too big, like a cabinetmakers tool chest, because of the portability issue, and the cargo trunks already are big. (Rex Kruger recently showed a very nice one with sliding trays) I have 2 roughly 1.2m x 1.2 m x 40cm cabinets on castors with shelves for my own stuff with doors on each side for my own.

We don't really have a dedicated tool space, and they share a workbench. We plan on moving some time, so i don't want to put in cabinets, etc.

So what are you bunch doing and suggesting?

The below, although an interesting concept, doesn't quite do it for me and wont be sturdy enough. But if the kids were still toddlers, I might have grabbed one:giggle:

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Tool bag. Then put in the appropriate tools for the job being done at the time. Handy, not so heavy, and don't need to lug every tool you own, just to do a simple job. Or one of those open top tool carriers. They could even make their own, as fancy, or as plain, as they wanted.
 

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Why not a bucket? I used one as an installer for many years. These days I use it for all my paint brushes, etc. It's great for house maintenance. Easily moves from room to room...
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These two are from a recent finewoodworking gallery on tool boxes and benches. I like the tool caddy for a first tool holder. The second one is the Bennet school tool box which is similar to Mike Pekovich's tool box which is what I built(mine pictured). It is a big project. FWW did a video series on the Bennet tool box.


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Tool bag. Then put in the appropriate tools for the job being done at the time. Handy, not so heavy, and don't need to lug every tool you own, just to do a simple job. Or one of those open top tool carriers. They could even make their own, as fancy, or as plain, as they wanted.
Tool Tote. great idea, just got to add a chisel "holder" so that the sharps doesn't float around. This might be a great secondary project.
 

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Why not a bucket? I used one as an installer for many years. These days I use it for all my paint brushes, etc. It's great for house maintenance. Easily moves from room to room...
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great idea , might use this for the diy tools around home. but not quite what i had in mind for the kids woodworking stuff.
 

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These two are from a recent finewoodworking gallery on tool boxes and benches. I like the tool caddy for a first tool holder. The second one is the Bennet school tool box which is similar to Mike Pekovich's tool box which is what I built(mine pictured). It is a big project. FWW did a video series on the Bennet tool box.


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the last one is very much what I had in mind - I was planning a loose upright stick to prevent the drawers from opening if the lid is closed. Great photo - i was thinking about the through tennons for the bottom of the top compartment.

the first photo is very alluring, but at this stage past of my kids capabilities. but if they like it, it might motivate them.
 

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Two more ideas from Lumberjocks today. Japanese and a suitcase style tool box.
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the japanese one is also tempting. I actually like the idea of the long tray as well. the suitcase one reminds me of those kits where each tool has its own place, and a "latch" to keep it in place while it is being transported. something to keep in mind when transporting the tools, so that they dont ding one another.
 

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Tool bag. Then put in the appropriate tools for the job being done at the time. Handy, not so heavy, and don't need to lug every tool you own, just to do a simple job. Or one of those open top tool carriers. They could even make their own, as fancy, or as plain, as they wanted.
In my woodworking beginners classes, the last project (doing now) is a wooden tool box but with Dovetails ! some students asked if they could make beer totes instead and I said sure as long as you learn the Dovetails, what you use the box for is not important.
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the last one is very much what I had in mind - I was planning a loose upright stick to prevent the drawers from opening if the lid is closed. Great photo - i was thinking about the through tennons for the bottom of the top compartment.

the first photo is very alluring, but at this stage past of my kids capabilities. but if they like it, it might motivate them.
I did that in mine. Made a slot that goes from the top through each drawer back. The stick gets slid through and the drawers are locked in place for travel.
 

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Please feel to spread the word - it might just get her permanent employment.
That, and out of the house.

She might want to contact some of the jigsaw puzzle manufacturers. I have seen some designs along the same lines as some of her work. Don't know if it would be steady work, but could well be a source of some extra cash. She will never know unless she asks. I once had a large (expensive) puzzle of a wizard, or alchemist, can't recall which now, years ago. My older son wanted to borrow it so he could assemble it, then return it so I could assemble it. I was stupider then, because I loaned it to him. Never saw it again, and have never found another, even after a lot of searching. I am smarter now, he won't get another from me.
 
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