Wow – this Nepros wood tool chest looks absolutely amazing. It is made from walnut and features 3 drawers, a removable tray, and a top surface I wouldn’t dare use for any kind of work.
Is this a tool chest, furniture, or a work of art?
The Nepros walnut wood tool chest measures 552 mm wide (21.7″), 325 mm deep (12.8″), and 382 mm tall (15″). It weighs 11 kg (24.3 lbs).
The top surface can support up to 20 kg (44 lbs), the small drawer 1 kg (2.2 lbs), and the two drawers and removable tray can all support 5kg (11 lbs) each.
The tool box appears to be designed as much for form as for function, with beautiful joinery.
Some of the product photos show the tool box filled with EDC gear, such as watches. I can definitely see this being used for personal gear by very deep-pocketed enthusiasts and collectors.
Nepros offers several bundles that feature custom-made wood inserts that fit inside the tool drawers.
The tool trays also look to be made from walnut. It looks like these custom trays are only available as part of the tool set bundles.
The tool box looks to include a small removable tray for holding smaller tools, parts, and accessories.
A large tray, which sits above the main drawers and below the top surface, can be removed.
A small tray, located under the top surface at the right, can hold precision instruments or personal items.
Nepros, by the Kyoto Tool Co (KTC), launched in the 1990s, seeking to be provide automotive pro users the “best tools in the world.” Nepros designs their tools to deliver “a level of functionality, performance, quality, and beauty found in no other tools.”
Nepros seems to strive for a balance between functionality and beauty, and this walnut wood tool chest looks to be a great example of this. The tool chest seems fitting for a brand that takes as much pride in aesthetics as they do utility.
Unfortunately, the tool chest comes with a very hefty price tag.
Nepros Walnut Wood Tool Box Pricing
Nepros Walnut Chest: $1,587
There several tool kit bundles:
29pc Tool Set Bundle: $2,238
29pc Artisan Gold Tool Set Bundle: $3,430
Nepros also offers the wood tool chest bundled with an Urushi ratchet set.
The Urushi set comes with (7) ratchets adorned with intricately decorated handles, and a custom-fit wood tray.
Urushi Tool Set Bundle: $20,650
I kid you not – the Urushi ratchets – more works of art than tools meant to be used – are individually priced at $1,980 to $4,230. This makes the walnut tool chest almost look like a bargain.
(Prices are accurate as of the timing of this posting, and in USD.)
While way out of my price range – and I’m assuming most of your budgets as well – I thought the tool chest was worth sharing about, at the least in case it could still serve as inspiration for a DIY woodworking project.
To be fair, while the $1500+ pricing is a bit jaw-dropping for just a tool chest, there are quite a few $1000+ wood tool boxes and chests on the market today, by Gerstner and other brands.
The tool chest looks more like a work of art – or perhaps even functional furniture – than a tool chest that’s meant to be used and abused in a workshop setting. It might be better suited for precision tools, fine instruments, collectables, or personal gear.