Tool storage varies with the craft or profession of the user. The purpose of tool storage is the organization and protection of the owner’s tools, whether they are used for hobby or trade. Types of tool storage include the toolbox, tool chest, and tool cart.
Today’s toolboxes are mostly metal or plastic. Wooden toolboxes are primarily for specialized trades, such as that of the die maker, jeweler, machinist, toolmaker, and other craftsmen. The use of wooden toolboxes started in the 1800s but was discontinued in the 1980s. A modern toolbox may consist of a mounted top cover, inside rack mounts for easy access, and a sturdy base.
Toolboxes commonly have hinged covers as tops. These tops have a handle for portability and latches which secure the cover to the body of the box. Inside are smaller compartments. Larger boxes often have a removable tray with a large single partition below.
Contents of toolboxes may include battery drills, drill bits, hammers, power drills, saws, screwdrivers, small and large levels, assorted nuts, bolts, and rivets. Toolbox manufacturers often offer a wide range of models in various shapes, sizes, styles, and colors to complement the requirements of any user.
Tool chests have sliding drawers as compared to the relatively open space of the toolbox. These storage containers are less likely to have tote trays, though they usually have hinged upper compartments. Common tool chests are made of metal, although some are made of hardwood. Tool chests often have wheels provided, but are not portable due to their weight and size.
The transportation industry requires the use of tool carts. These are often portable workstations for the repair and maintenance of vehicles. Some of the larger tool carts are self-powered and self-propelled, such as racing pit carts.