Tool Boxes -- the quest for the best.

Here’s the problem. We all have a tool box or two around the house, right? But no matter which cool tool box we buy, it only ends up as a pile of tools in a box. You know, totally disorganized, heavy, taking up too much space and you can't see what’s at the bottom of the pile. Well, a cardboard box could do just as well.

You may even own one of these popular tool box styles.

Cheap Tool BoxThree Drawer Tool BoxRolling Cart Tool Box

Even if you have a multi-drawer tool box that’s well organized, it's too big and heavy to lug around. Anyway, the fact remains that for the majority of do it yourself projects you only need the essential tools, not every tool you own.

I’ll bet, like me, you hardly ever take your tool box to your project, you just try taking the tools you think you'll need. Inevitably, you end up running back and forth. What a waste of time!

Here's the simple solution that will make it easier to; carry your tools to your project, find your tools, and save space and money. I know, sounds like a pie-in-the-sky dream right?

It's not. And I'm going to reveal to you an amazing tool box you'll love forever.

So here we go.

One day I was strolling through my local home center looking for a divided box to store my fasteners when I spotted a multi-section plastic organizer.

It was different from others I'd seen before. It was made of heavy duty plastic, had adjustable sections, a locking clear lid, a good strong handle and the lid closed tight against the dividers so nothing can not jump from one section to another -- even if dropped.

This tool box is only 18" W x 12.5" D x 3" H, which makes it's easy to store just about anywhere.

Work Force 26 Plastic Tool Box

Sensing I found buried treasure, I immediately grabbed the case and started playing with it right then and there on the floor. You may laugh, but hey, I’m a tool guy! So, I bought it and headed home.

When I got home I started thinking, "Hey, I wonder if my hand tools will fit in this case?"

So I got the hand tools I use most often (the same ones in the (Essential Hand Tools PDF) plus a few others, and began arranging them in the case.

Tools inside the tool box

I was totally amazed, everything fit (even the extra tools I carry)!

Tools inside the tool box

This tool box makes it so easy to actually carry your tools to your project and quickly find the tools you need.

And get this, they're even stackable! I can't begin to tell you how much space you'll save.

But the big bonus is the incredibly low price. This tool box costs only $10 bucks! What an amazing deal.

I can't imagine how much I would have saved if I'd only found this tool box earlier. I'll bet I've spent hundreds of dollars on tool boxes over the years and none of them have been as good as this one.

DIY Tip: DIY guy's love tool boxes, specially when they're as functional and durable as this one. Trust me, it would make a great gift for your husband, Father, son, brother, etc.

Take my advise, the next time you're at Home Depot, go to the tool organizing isle (generally located next to the power tool section) and buy the Work Force 26 compartment organizer. You won't be disappointed.

By the way, I went back and bought two more of these incredibly useful tool boxes, one for my fasteners and a second for my electrical gear.

It's amazing how much less space these three new tool boxes take up versus just one of my old tool boxes.

Just one more do-it-yourself solution to help you succeed with speed!

Important Update

Please see Special Note at the bottom of this post

The Work Force 26 has been replaced with the Stanley 25 Compartment Organizer. It's the same exact box, only now branded with the Stanley name. See below photo.

Stanley 25 Compartment Organizer

Product Information:
Description from Home Depot: Workforce 25 Adjustable Deep Compartment Small Parts Organizer. Built-In Handle With 2 Locking Tabs And Lid Lock So Parts Stay In Place. Ideal Tool And Small Parts Storage And Organizer

For Carpenters, Mechanics, Handyman, Toys And Hobbies.

  • Stanley 25 Adjustable Deep Compartment Storage Organizer 199-Gray/Yellow
  • 25 Deep Adjustable Compartments
  • 3 Locking Mechanisms To Prevent Spills
  • Removable dividers allow customization
  • Extra wide, built-in handle designed for gloved hands
  • Dimensions: 18-1/8 x 13-3/16 x 3-7/8 inches
  • MFG Brand Name : Stanley
  • MFG Model # : 14005
  • MFG Part # : 14005
  • SKU: 542047
  • UPC: 076174932737
  • Price: $9.98 (+ shipping)
  • Available from Home Depot.

I recommend calling ahead to make sure they have this in stock (they sell very quickly). If not, you can have them order it for you.

I have attempted to locate this online but, so far, have only found it through a Canadian Home Depot for $16.

This is now available through Home Depot website.

SPECIAL NOTICE: As of 3/10/09 Stanley has discontinued this tool box and it is no longer available at Home Depot.

Home Depot has assigned the SKU# from this old box to a new Stanley box. IT IS NOT THE SAME AS THE OLD BOX, so beware.

I'm currently  investigating a new, available, tool box and will post my finding soon.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Tool Box Update 3/26/09

Good news! After weeks of searching, I believe I have found a replacement tool/parts box. In fact, I found a set of three different size boxes (small, medium and large). I have ordered the boxes and will be testing them shortly.

4/4/09 UPDATE: I have finally received, and am currently testing three new tool boxes, similar to the Stanley. They look and work great so far. I'll be posting my findings in the DIY Answer Guy newsletter, followed by a new article with all the details and where to purchase, so hang in there, it'll be worth the wait.

5/5/09 UPDATE:
The new DIY Best Tool Box and Organizers have been tested and are ready for your approval and purchase at DIY Tool Box SIghted and Captured. Thank you once again for your patience.

9/20/09 UPDATE:
Stanley has been in contact in the last couple of months and told me that the Workforce toolbox/organizer with be re-released in October of this year. I'll let you all know when and
where just a soon as Stanley let me know.
Hang in there, and thanks for your patience.

10/21/09 UPDATE

I have just been advised, by the Stanley product manager, that the original Workforce tool box/organizers (14006) have been re-released and will be available at Target stores to start. Stanley promised to advise me of other locations that the box will be available at ASAP.

Note that the boxes you see on Lowes and Home Depots site are not the original boxes. They are the new ones with the fixed center section.

Thanks for your patience and please let me know if you have any questions.