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Steel toolboxes are most popular. Their prices vary according to gauge of steel used, number of trays and whether the box is reinforced in the corners.

Some precision tool users use hardwood chests because the wood absorbs rust-producing condensation.

Carpenters’ toolboxes are specially designed so carpenters can carry hand saws and framing squares in the same box with other tools. The word “carpenter” differentiates this box from a regular toolbox because of the extra tools it will carry.

Plastic toolboxes are available in a number of styles. Some are suited for light-duty use, while others are comparable to steel in quality. The highest quality plastic boxes are constructed of polypropylene, and some models can hold up to 75 lbs. of tools. The high-quality plastic boxes feature interlocking pinned hinges, tongue-in-groove closure and positive locking latches as well as padlock eyes and lift-out trays.


Utility chests store parts, screws, nuts, bolts and other small pieces. These chests are made of either plastic or steel, with removable plastic dividers.


Plastic revolving tool caddies hold tools and items such as nails, bolts, screws, glue, wire, etc., in tiers of circular trays.

The caddies are made of a high-impact plastic and feature a ball-bearing base plate, allowing the unit to revolve easily.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither NRHA, any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.