I quickly tired of the clutter, and I’ve always liked toolboxes. I found this one at harbor freight:
I’ve seen it before, and the wooden toolbox had always reminded me of the custom toolboxes by dad made for his tools years ago. I like the echo in style.
It’s felt lined, and I’ve tried to arrange the drawers and their contents similarly to how I had them laid out on the table. The most commonly used tools are closest to the work area. Tool trays I’m likely to use around the same time are next to each other instead of stacked, so they don’t obscure each other when open. I’ll probably be rearranging for a bit as I get used to working with it.
Despite it’s size, it’s definitely freed up work space, and I like that it’s neat and organized. If any family visits, most of the sharp objects that could be dangerous to kids are in one spot to be locked away from curious fingers.
Also, by collecting most of my tools into one toolbox I’ve made it that much easier for me to do demos for local groups or set up a table at a maker fair. I’ll just have to throw the rest in there, then put the the toolbox and the 3D printer on a cart and roll it in, instead of making a bunch of trips for things. If I need to bring my table, I can do that too, since it is portable.
I think this work area is really shaping up nicely. Now I just need to get a steady build queue going and make the most of it!