Video: How to Choose a Tool Chest & Cabinet

Organizing your tools in a tool chest or cabinet not only helps you be more efficient, but also helps to protect your investment. Find the model that’s right for you. Don’t worry — you got this!
 

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Organizing your tools in a tool chest or cabinet not only helps you be more efficient, but also helps to protect your investment. Find the model that's right for you. Don't worry you got this. Consider the space you have in your garage, basement, or workshop for a tool cabinet. Cabinet models vary from 24 to 57 inches wide with depths of 18 to 24 inches. To maximize your storage, add a coordinating mid-chest or top-chest on top of the cabinet. Just remember to measure how tall the chest will be with the tilde opened on top of the cabinet, and make sure you have enough vertical space to accommodate it. Take into consideration your current assortment of tools, accessories, hardware, and any future tool purchases you may make to understand what you need to store. If you have bigger power tools, look for tool chests or cabinets with deeper drawers that can accommodate them. If you have a lot of hand tools, smaller accessories, and bits, make sure the cabinet or chest has sufficient shallow storage to keep things organized. Don't forget to check a weight capacity of the drawers and the entire unit to ensure it's sufficient for your needs. Depending on your budget, there are several features available that could prove valuable to you. If you spend a lot of time in your workshop, ball bearing drawer slides are handy. The higher number of ball bearings per slide, the easier it will be to open and close drawers, even when the contents are heavy. They also extend fully, giving you easy access to every part of the drawer. Drawers that are made to handle a high amount of weight generally have high quality ball bearing slides. Lockable drawers help keep your tools safe and secure. If you will be moving the cabinet around, look for drawers that latch when they're closed so they keep the contents secure and don't slide open with any movement. Gas struts on the tilde make it easier to open. Holes in the back of the cabinet allow for power cables to pass through. Drawer liners protect both your tools and the jaws from unnecessary wear and tear. A high gauge of steel will give you added durability. However, it will also make the piece heavier. So keep that in mind if you want to be able to move the cabinet around your shop. Make sure to check the capacity of the casters on the cabinet so you choose a unit that can handle the weight of your tools, plus a chest if you're adding one. Keep in mind that the total caster capacity may not support each draw being filled to its weight capacity. If you want a cabinet that is easily moved around, larger casters will give you better mobility. Upgrade your workshop with the perfect tool cabinet and chest for your needs. Don't worry. You got this.

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