I’ve worked out of a traditional floor chest since 1997 when I built my first cover project for Popular Woodworking Magazine. It’s not that I’ve always been monogamous, however. I’ve tried all manner of wall chests, tool racks, rolling cabinets, soft-sided bags and suitcases as ways to contain, protect and limit my tools. But I have always come back to my floor chest.
Nothing else gives me the same level of protection for my tools. Nothing keeps them as well organized but accessible. And nothing else is sized so perfectly to contain a complete (but not insane) collection of hand tools for building furniture.
Let’s discuss each advantage individually.
Even if you live alone in the mountains with a shop that is guarded by three Chinese spirits, your tools need protection. Not from thieves, necessarily, but from dust, rust and other aggressive tools. (Oh, and if you have children, add them to this list, too.)