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The DIY Builder: 5 Ways To Trick Out Your Toolbox

Every craftsperson knows the value of a quality toolbox. Having an organized, functional, and easily maneuverable toolbox makes the work process easier and more efficient, resulting in better-constructed projects and greater profit yields.

Do you want to upgrade your toolbox? If so, use these five useful tricks.


1. Give It Wheels

Fully stocked toolboxes are heavy. So, why not give your toolbox wheels? Wheels will make your life easier. You will be able to take your toolbox to different locations. Cleaning and rearranging your garage will be a breeze. Plus, you will reduce your chances of acquiring a heavy-lifting injury. Phenolic caster wheels are a good option; they are inexpensive, heavy-duty, and chemical-resistant.

2. Add Foam Inserts

Foam inserts are a great addition to any toolbox. By utilizing foam in your toolbox, you will be able to better organize your tools and protect them from sudden impacts, bumps during transit, and metal-on-metal corrosion. There are pre-made foam inserts available on the market, but you can also make your own foam inserts that suit your specific needs.

3. Use the Power of Magnetism

Most tools are made of metal, and you can use that to your advantage. You can magnetize your screwdrivers to easily pick up tiny components, such as screws, nails, and washers. By adding a magnet to the handle of your hammer, you can keep a small stock of nails with you while you work; alternatively, you can purchase a magnetized bracelet and store it in your toolbox. You can also demagnetize power tools to rid them of unwanted metal shavings.

4. Create a Color-Coded System

Many tools are marked with numbers and letters that indicate their size and shape. Unfortunately, these markings are usually tiny and nearly impossible to read. To make selecting the correct tool easier, color-code your toolbox. You can use colored tape or metal-friendly paint to accomplish this task.

5. Include Writing Utensils

Most craftspeople forget to include the simplest tool in their toolbox: a pencil. Having to interrupt your workflow to scavenge for a writing utensil is frustrating, so you should keep a small box dedicated to them inside your toolbox. Pencils, colored pens, washable markers, permanent markers, and chalk are all useful to have on hand. Remember to add a pencil sharpener and an eraser, too.

A toolbox is an essential part of any craftsperson’s livelihood. Make yours work for you by implementing these five tips into its design and layout.