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  • #681765

    hojo04
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    Burton, Michigan

    What’s the advantage of having a tool chest that has the wood on surface top of the box? I don’t know for sure if I want one like that or a regular one with the metal surface.

    #681779

    Doobie
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    What’s the advantage of having a tool chest that has the wood on surface top of the box? I don’t know for sure if I want one like that or a regular one with the metal surface.

    Those ones with the butcher tops are for the kitchen.

    #681780

    Boschmanbrian
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    Montreal , QC, Canada

    What’s the advantage of having a tool chest that has the wood on surface top of the box? I don’t know for sure if I want one like that or a regular one with the metal surface.

    The primary purpose is just to give you a flat surface for working on, usually here in the shop, as soon as we get our tool boxes, we usually cut a piece and screw in or bolt it down to the metal top, some guys even put a little slot under the wood top to accommodate the ridge of the top of the tool box, this way you can even make the top a slight bit longer than the tool box.

    #681812

    GTokley
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    Madoc, ON

    What’s the advantage of having a tool chest that has the wood on surface top of the box? I don’t know for sure if I want one like that or a regular one with the metal surface.

    The primary purpose is just to give you a flat surface for working on, usually here in the shop, as soon as we get our tool boxes, we usually cut a piece and screw in or bolt it down to the metal top, some guys even put a little slot under the wood top to accommodate the ridge of the top of the tool box, this way you can even make the top a slight bit longer than the tool box.

    I worked with a guy had wooden top on his tool chest for that reason as work surface. He also had groove routed in a inch from outside of top to catch oil or fuilds. When saw I thought it was great idea.

    Greg

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    #681815

    Clev08
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    What’s the advantage of having a tool chest that has the wood on surface top of the box? I don’t know for sure if I want one like that or a regular one with the metal surface.

    They can be sanded or re flattened rather than a metal top that can puncture or dent. Some me people also drill dog holes into a wood top for clamps and other accessories.

    #681823

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    I appreciate the input.

    #681891

    CB
    Pro

    I used MDF, for dimensional consistency, on top of my toolbox, and then covered it with V grooved rubber matting. The valley grooves catch and contain the fluids, and the peaks of the grooves help cushion more delicate parts, like fuel injectors, that end up being fiddled with on the tool box top for further disassembly.

    I don’t use metal tops on the tool box, but I do use metal topped tables for some heavy service and fabrication operations.

    #681914

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Some guys use their rolling chest as a portable work bench (they don’t put on a top box). Having a wooden top helps save the box from getting scratched and dented.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #681942

    Boschmanbrian
    Pro
    Montreal , QC, Canada

    This is my buddy Sal, he’s the plumber here in the shop. This is how he’s set up

    #681957

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    This is my buddy Sal, he’s the plumber here in the shop. This is how he’s set up

    I like that. I think I might go with one that has the butcher top.

    #681977

    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    This is my buddy Sal, he’s the plumber here in the shop. This is how he’s set up

    That is a nice set up. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to do this in my woodshop. I would just make a wooden top. This would also give another work surface or a place to pile crap.

    Greg

    instagram.com/gregtokley/

    #682008

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    This is my buddy Sal, he’s the plumber here in the shop. This is how he’s set up

    That is a nice set up. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to do this in my woodshop. I would just make a wooden top. This would also give another work surface or a place to pile crap.

    LOL exactly pile crap on it.

    I seen this one on HD site and reviews are good. I’m thinking of this one.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-52-in-11-Drawer-Mobile-Work-Center-48-22-8552/300891919

    #682014

    Boschmanbrian
    Pro
    Montreal , QC, Canada

    This is my buddy Sal, he’s the plumber here in the shop. This is how he’s set up

    That is a nice set up. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to do this in my woodshop. I would just make a wooden top. This would also give another work surface or a place to pile crap.

    LOL exactly pile crap on it.

    I seen this one on HD site and reviews are good. I’m thinking of this one.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-52-in-11-Drawer-Mobile-Work-Center-48-22-8552/300891919

    Oh man, that sounds exactly like my garage / workshop lol actually even my house, when ever their is a flat surface, it’s immediately going to get covered with carp lol
    Actually we have those boxes in our wood shop in the plant, I’ll snap a picture tomorrow, we even made pull outs for the nails for the pneumatic nail guns.

    #682068

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    This is my buddy Sal, he’s the plumber here in the shop. This is how he’s set up

    Yeah that is a pretty typical use of the space on top of the box. This is getting more common as the bottom boxes get bigger.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #682134

    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    This is my buddy Sal, he’s the plumber here in the shop. This is how he’s set up

    That is a nice set up. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to do this in my woodshop. I would just make a wooden top. This would also give another work surface or a place to pile crap.

    LOL exactly pile crap on it.

    I seen this one on HD site and reviews are good. I’m thinking of this one.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-52-in-11-Drawer-Mobile-Work-Center-48-22-8552/300891919

    As crap still finds it’s way on there. I still like the idea of having that work surface.

    This is my buddy Sal, he’s the plumber here in the shop. This is how he’s set up

    That is a nice set up. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to do this in my woodshop. I would just make a wooden top. This would also give another work surface or a place to pile crap.

    LOL exactly pile crap on it.

    I seen this one on HD site and reviews are good. I’m thinking of this one.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-52-in-11-Drawer-Mobile-Work-Center-48-22-8552/300891919

    Oh man, that sounds exactly like my garage / workshop lol actually even my house, when ever their is a flat surface, it’s immediately going to get covered with carp lol
    Actually we have those boxes in our wood shop in the plant, I’ll snap a picture tomorrow, we even made pull outs for the nails for the pneumatic nail guns.

    Yeah same. Stuff everywhere.

    Greg

    instagram.com/gregtokley/

    #682316

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I seen this one on HD site and reviews are good. I’m thinking of this one.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-52-in-11-Drawer-Mobile-Work-Center-48-22-8552/300891919

    That Milwaukee work center is nice and not a bad price either. Always gets good reviews.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #682325

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    I seen this one on HD site and reviews are good. I’m thinking of this one.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-52-in-11-Drawer-Mobile-Work-Center-48-22-8552/300891919

    That Milwaukee work center is nice and not a bad price either. Always gets good reviews.

    I seen a lot of good reviews about it. I seen one Friday at HD and I like it. I hope to get one soon.

    #682328

    One factory I worked at they all made an exo-skeleton for their boxes from angle iron and topped the box with 1/4″ plate. They used them as mobile work benches and took a lot of pounding. Some had vises attached to the top plate too.

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    #682429

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Some had vises attached to the top plate too.

    Most mechanics that have the mobile work station mount a vice on there as well. Makes it real handy.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #682434

    Boschmanbrian
    Pro
    Montreal , QC, Canada

    Some had vises attached to the top plate too.

    Most mechanics that have the mobile work station mount a vice on there as well. Makes it real handy.

    Definitely, but not just mechanics, at the shop, most guys that work in plant maintenance and plumbing, even the electricians have them mounted to the boxes, always nice to have that third hand

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