What’s better than using products that you've made yourself? It gives you satisfaction and pleasure. Though there are plenty of things you can make yourself with just the scraps lying around you, here I’ll be talking only about building your own customized tool chest. You might be thinking that building a tool chest would be boring and difficult. Let me assure you, making a DIY rolling tool chest is neither of those. To get started, here’s what you’ll need.
- Power Tool: Drill Machine
- Drill bit
- Sand Paper
- Wheels with wheel brakes
- crews or nails
Design: It’s your tool chest. That’s why the design should be yours. Determine how much of Plywood or wood you’ll need. Also, make sure your design fits the place you want to place it. Make a quick sketch on paper. Write down the height, length, and width of the tool chest beside the sketch.
Drawers and Cabinets: Once you make out the shape and size, think about how much drawers you need. It totally depends on the number of tools you own. Now about the depth, if you have bigger power tools then you need big deep compartments. Make sure that they are designed in the lower part of the chest because heavy tools are dangerous to move to a higher place.
Materials: Pick a durable but lightweight piece of wood or plywood for the construction. Determine the plywood’s width. Try to keep the width between 2-4 inches. It’s the standard measurement for tool chest’s construction.
Cut the woods: Look at your sketch that you have drawn as a design for your chest. Follow the numbers and cut wood for the two sides and back. Don’t cut wood from the front side as it will be full of drawers. You can do the front in two ways. You can either –
i) take a plain board and cut rectangular shape from the wood according to the height and length of your drawer or
ii) you can leave the front open and fill it completely with drawers only. The best way to cut the woods is with a table saw. If you have a saw machine that’s even better. With a table clamp, you can make sure that the cutting is straight. Add a straight line with a pencil for safety.
Sand the Woods: Once you have cut the woods according to your chest’s size, the wood pieces need smoothness. Otherwise, your chest won’t have a perfect shape. You can buy sand paper from any regular hardware shop.
Construction: Buildings are built on pillars. If you have seen how buildings are made, you can follow a similar structure. For that,you need to cut woods for pillars and then add the side wall of timber. It is comparatively stronger construction. But if you don’t want to spend your time cutting pillar, you can just make the structure like a box. For that, you just need to place two side-walls on the back wall’s both sides. While attaching the side, make sure the side walls are perpendicular to the base. You can use strong glue to attach them, but I recommend you use nails and screw as they are much stronger than glue.
Build the Drawers: If you decide to give your chest a box construction, you need to fill the front completely with drawers. That’s why they should be wide and large. But if you want to place a front wall and then attach drawers, your drawers will be smaller. Attach the drawer pieces similarly with nails and screws rather than glue. Make sure the side walls are connected with a proper 90-degree angle. You can use a 90-degree clamp to ensure the right angle.
Install drawer slide: There can’t be any type of error in attaching them to the box. To be honest, it is the hardest and irritating part. That’s why you should be very careful installing them. Even a tiny error can ruin the whole drawer’s smoothness. If you have screws, use them to attach the slides. But before using screw, you need to make a hole for it with a drill machine. If you don’t have a drill machine or screws, a simple nail will work just fine.
Attach Caster Wheels: Wheels are the crucial parts of your tool chest. It makes them portable. But you can’t use any wheels you want. You need to choose one that can hold your tools weight. Another thing you should worry about is the wheel brake. Always try to buy Caster wheels which have wheel breaks on it. This break can save you from accidental damage to your tool as well as the chest.
Finishing: Once you have finished, you will realize that it isn’t the most beautiful tool chest in the world. But you can definitely improvise your looks and durability. For increasing its lifetime, you can paint layer or tar to protect your chest from insects. There are lots of insecticide formula based paints available in the market. You can buy them and paint it. While painting, always give priority to the color and texture you like. Finish the edges with sand paper if needed.
Now you have your own tool chest, made with nothing but some wood, paint and few nails. You should be feeling proud of your creation. You can show it off to your friends and family. They’ll certainly appreciate it.