Over in our recent post about Milwaukee’s new tool box, a reader shared his distaste for tool boxes that lack internal organization. While I can understand his position, my take is that it is better to have to add organizing accessories than to have to remove built-in ones.
Milwaukee’s tool box does have conveniently placed open organizational areas at its corners, but most of its volume is empty as with nearly every other tool box out there.
So what do you do when you want to store small tools or supplies inside a big tool box?
You could just toss them into the large compartment, but only if you want to have to constantly hunt down smaller tools. You could place them in the removable tray, but that’s sometimes not an option. There are many numerous plastic organizer cases out there, but plastic cases are rigid and can be tough to fit inside full tool boxes.
Klein’s zippered canvas bags are another option. There are other manufacturers aside from Klein, but Klein offers a nice selection and is the brand I naturally associate with canvas bags.
These Klein canvas tool bags are available in several sizes and colors. The ones shown here are 7″ tall and 12-1/2″ wide. They are made with number 10 canvas fabric and durable brass zippers.
Do you know what #10 canvas is? I didn’t, so I looked it up. Apparently #10 canvas is heavyweight fabric, with one supplier calling it extra extra heavy cotton canvas. In other words, these bags are made from seriously heavy duty material.
You can use these to hold and organize smaller hand tools, supplies, or parts. The color-coded fabric helps to ensure you pull the right supplies out of your tool box on the first try.
I haven’t tried Klein’s bags yet, but they look pretty decent and seem to be positively very reviewed. They look to be the perfect way to add some removable organization options to any tool box.
Pricing varies from about $9 to $20.
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