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Toolboxes, Cabinets & Benches

Toolboxes, Cabinets & Benches

Engineers' Tool Chest

These wooden or steel chests were originally designed for the engineer and are ideal for the storage of fine tools and precision instruments.
Some have a locking front cover which provides security when the tools are not in use. This folds away or can be used as a support for drawing when in use.

Plastic Tool Boxes & Parts Cases

Heavy gauge tool boxes and parts cases are now available. Suitable for general-purpose or trade use they are lightweight, and resistant to rusting, denting and chipping. Other features include lift out small tool trays, recessed handles to allow stacking and a padlock port for security.

Clear top versions and parts cases provide organised storage for small parts such as screws, fixings, plumbing fittings and electrical components.

A relatively new type of tool box is one made from Structolene, a co-polymer resin which is impervious to common chemicals, gas and oil. As well as being resistant to rusting, denting and chipping, these boxes are of a very robust construction.

Storage Cabinets, Bins & Trays

Steel cabinets come in a number of shapes and sizes each having clear plastic drawers of various sizes, thus enabling the user to choose the number and size of drawers. They can be used individually, mounted in series, or be freestanding.

Tool Boxes

A good quality tool box should be made from heavy gauge sheet steel, spot welded and stove enamelled, with strong hinges. Steel tool boxes come in two main types - barn type, or cantilever type.

The barn type tool box is shaped like a barn, hence its name, with a single heavy tray in the top, and fold over lid.

The cantilever box has a double lid with trays attached to each lid in such a way that when the box is opened the trays cantilever outwards, but remain horizontal. These boxes were originally designed for use in the automotive industry but have many other uses because they provide individual storage for smaller parts which can be kept separated from each other but which might otherwise become muddled and
confused in an open box.

Heavy gauge plastic boxes are also available. They are less liable to be damaged through denting etc.

Another type of tool box is one made from modern plastics. This type has the advantages of lightness, extreme robustness and moulding, during the manufacturing stage, to take specific types of tools, eg. circular saw blades.


The principle requirement of a workbench is that it should be of solid construction, with a heavy work top and sturdy legs, to provide a work surface with the ability to take vices and bench stops. Sizes vary according to the type of work to be done. Some are just a worktop with legs, others have a cupboard, and/or sets of drawers in the front.