February 26, 2008
Where are your tools? Are they in a box? Under your bed?
Meanwhile, we've been wanting to put together the essential toolbox for readers, so you know exactly what sorts of things you need (and don't need). Stealing from DWR's cool tagline "Tools For Living", which we're pretty sure they're about to launch as a stand alone store, here's our Toolbox For Living.
I'm a sucker for classic red toolboxes. They're sturdy, well sized (not too big) and they're red, which is helpful when you're trying to find it in the back of your closet. We bought ours at ACE hardware, but have included a few more good ideas for you below (BTW, we're not endorsing these sellers, just giving you links. Find them anywhere you want).
That said, I also like the idea of finding a used or vintage toolbox and found this one on Etsy. Here's the link for you to check out and find more. Obviously, eBay is good resource here as well. The nice light blue one up top we could not source.
Our professional rig is much more expensive. It's an aluminum hardcase by ZERO Halliburton that we bought at B&H Photo, but we've included a link for you as well below. It's light, strong and beautiful, but a bit big for the home, unless you're really ambitious. It also doesn't have compartments inside, but foam that you can customize. It's nice for travelling.
This is your first step, get yourself a good toolbox and make sure it's not plastic. Tomorrow we'll move onto the single most important tool you'll ever need: The Cordless Drill.
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