Having the right tool storage solution with the right tool boxes can make all the difference. Some options are more traditional than others.
When you start thinking about tool boxes you are thinking about storage solutions. Since stuff has a way of migrating all over the place anyway, having somewhere specific to store it all sure can help. If you are an auto mechanic you know how important your tools are to you. It just makes good sense to have the right tool boxes you protect your investment. If you work on job sites, you also know how important the right tool storage solution is for you. Even if you are just a person with lots of tools around the shop or garage, you understand that having the right tool boxes can save you lots of grief and frustration.
When I first got into building and remodeling I got a metal tool box. It reminded me of the one I had built for my dad in metal shop back in eighth grade. There was something about the heft and feel of it that I just liked. It's been nearly 30 years since I bought that box and it is still one of my favorite tool boxes. But, like in so many other areas, time changes the way things are done. I'm not saying that there isn't a justifiable place for metal tool boxes, there is, I'm just saying that sometimes "out with the old in with the new" applies.
Now, there are all kinds of fantastic options when it comes to tool boxes for tool storage. If you are going to be productive on the job site you have to have modern options. Take, for example, the lightweight plastic boxes. These are great because they don't weigh a ton, won't rust and often have lots of see-through storage integrated right into the top of the lid. All kinds of things can be put in this handy compartment. Ranging from screws, nails, washers, nuts and bolts, to electrical connectors, or whatever. The inside is not much different and often has what you would expect to find: a tray with storage below it. These sorts of tool boxes are wonderful and affordable. The important thing is that your tool boxes allow you to store the things you need neatly, and in a way that allows you access stuff easily.
Some tool boxes today may really shatter the image that you now hold in your mind of a traditional tool box. Many of these look more like buckets or crates with pocket liners. Some have a canvas type material that has lots of pockets built in that allow you to put all sorts of tools into it. You can store extension cords, cans of paint and other large items inside this type of tool box with ease. On the outside there are all sorts of pockets that, again, allow for storage that is easily accessible and convenient, especially for tools that you use regularly.
Tool boxes can be pretty simple or pretty complex. Speaking of which, I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw a tool box that had a built in fridge and stereo. This was one deluxe tool box. It had lots of drawers and cabinet space built right in, and the whole thing was on wheels for easy mobility. This is a bit much, most people just need something functional and nice, something that can easily store the tools they need.
Whether you are in the trades and have to have your tool boxes with you on site, or you are just a do-it-yourselfer with lots of tools to store, having the right storage solution can make all the difference. The right tool boxes for the right price is just right.