Considerations

Whatever type of site box you decide to build, pay attention to the following points when developing your design. (You'll notice they are much the same as the guidelines for in-shop tool storage, discussed on pp. 69-71). • Give each tool its own place. That way tools will be easy to find, and you'll see at a glance if any are missing. (See pp. 71-75 for how to develop working drawings.)

The tool trailer of timber framer George N'esbitt, of Berkeley. Calif., contains all the tools and supplies he needs throughout the workday, leaving his truck free to carry materials to and from the job site. Photo by George Nesbitt.

• Arrange the tools so you will be able to reach them easily. Avoid layering tools over one another. Instead, use lift-out trays, drawers or racks to make the most of the space without compromisi ng accessi bi lity.

• Make sure that the tools are held securely, but avoid complex holding mechanisms that require two hands or a lot of attention to manipulate. Sometimes the simplest solutions—like using a leather holding strip for chisels or a pair of slotted partitions for saws—are the most effective.

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