Tools

So you’ve finally got that truck tool box, but now the question is, how do you install it? No problem as we have here a step by step guide that explains everything you need to know.

Materials and Tools You’ll Need:

  • Truck tool box
  • Working gloves
  • Measuring tape
  • Bolts, screws, nuts
  • Protective overalls
  • Foam/padding material
  • Spanner/screwdrivers

Step 1 Find the ideal location

Get the tape measure and measure the toolbox. Now check out your truck and find the appropriate spot whether it is side, front or the corners.

Make sure the toolbox not only fits but that you can open the lid fully. That is why you need to check the side rails if it makes opening difficult.

Step 2 Add the foam padding

Once you find the right location for your toolbox, put foam padding under the spot. This will protect the toolbox’s paint job as well as the truck’s surface.

There are different types of foam padding, but rubber foam works fine for most. Take your tape measure and cut the rubber foam so it will fit the toolbox.

Put the rubber foam in place. By the way, if your truck has a bed liner, there is no need to install a rubber foam as the liner is more than sufficient to protect the truck.

Step 3 align the toolbox with the truck holes

Examine your truck’s cargo bay. Look at the bottom surface and you will see rubber plugs on it. Take the plugs off and position the toolbox to the right.

If necessary, open up the cover so you can align the toolbox’s bottom holes with those on your truck.  Set the toolbox down on the bed rail.

Step 4 Set the J Hooks in position

Check the alignment of your toolbox. If you’re satisfied with it, fasten the bolts into position.  Depending on the design of your truck and toolbox, you may need to screw the bolts first prior to setting the toolbox down.

In most cases you’ll need just half a dozen bolts to fasten a toolbox, but it will depend on your truck’s construction.

Step 5 Tighten the toolbox

Once you’re done installing the toolbox, secure the box with your pliers or screwdrivers. You can also use a spanner to secure the nuts and bolts.  Don’t put too much force however as that could destroy the toolbox or the rails.

Tips and warnings

  1. Check the toolbox regularly to make sure the bolts are still secure.
  2. Don’t use to much force when tightening, but don’t be too lax either.
  3. Buy only a high quality toolbox to ensure it can take the bumps and hits when you’re on the road.

Conclusion:

Putting that toolbox in your truck does not require a lot of effort. As the steps above show, even a first timer can do this. Just double check the screws and bolts, and if they’re tight you’re good to go.

Is your truck toolbox rusty or just plain dull looking? Well in that case it could use a new paint job, and it is not as as hard as it seems. The following instructions are for an aluminum truck toolbox, but you can use the same steps for other types of truck toolboxes.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Paint
  • Truck toolbox
  • Cloth for cleaning the toolbox
  • Sandpaper 80 grit
  • Smoother sandpaper
  • Degreasing cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol and cloth
  • Etch primer

Step 1 Clean the toolbox

Clean the toolbox and remove the grease if there is any. Whether it is aluminum or any other material, it is important to clean the surface before applying any paint.

Step 2 Sand the surface

Use the 80 grit sandpaper on the toolbox. If you want a shiny finish, sand the surface again but this time with a finer sandpaper. Use progressively finer sandpaper to make the surface look good.

Step 3 Use a degreasing cleaner

If you have not yet done already, use a degreasing cleaner. Check the toolbox surface for any article remnants. Use a tack cloth to get rid of these particles. Get rid of all the dust and metal particles since they speed up rust and corrosion.

Keep repeating the process until the surface is dry. When it’s dry, dip a clean piece of cloth in rubbing alcohol and wipe the toolbox surface. Allow the alcohol to dry.

Step 4 Apply etch primer

Shake the can of etch primer for a couple of minutes. Apply an even coat on the toolbox surface. Wait for 5 minutes and spray another coat. Allow the etch primer to settle for 20 minutes.

Step 5 Paint the toolbox

Apply all weather or high heat paint on the toolbox. Apply light coating evenly. Follow the instructions on the spray can or whatever paint you’re using.

Let each coat settle for a few minutes before applying the next layer. Refer to the instructions on how long to wait before you can apply the next coat.

Apply as many coats as you want. The more coats you apply, the more protection your toolbox gets, but the longer it will take to dry.

After the paint dries, step back and admire your handywork.

Tips and warnings:

  1. Use only high quality paint
  2. Wear protective clothing when painting
  3. Paint only in a well ventilated location
  4. Apply the paint evenly so it comes out looking fine
  5. Use a steel wool pad to buff the surface
  6. Paint and spray are applied in a sweeping manner
  7. Paint in clear sunny weather for faster drying times

Conclusion:

Painting a toolbox should not take long, and with the right approach you will have that toolbox ready in no time. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience with painting, the steps outlined above will help give that toolbox a shiny new look, aluminum or otherwise.

Building a tool chest does not have to be difficult. Just get the following tools and materials and you’ll be ready.

Tools and Materials:

  • Staples, nails, screws
  • Four swivel casters
  • 3.75 sheets plywood
  • 3 x 4” MDF
  • Table saw
  • 90 degree clamps
  • Sketch plan for chest design and measurements

Step 1 Create the chest case

Saw the pieces according to the length you want. A table saw is most suited for this job. You can also use a circular saw or a jig saw if you have a straight edge clamp. A router is another option.

Set down the largest chest side and put another piece perpendicular to it. You can use a clamp to keep the piece in position.

Secure the pieces with staples, screws or nails. Add as many nails and screws to fortify the chest. Once your tool chest is complete you can install swivel casters. The casters are optional however.

Step 2 Make the chest drawers

Get the table saw and cut out 4 sides and a drawer base. Follow the measurements in your blueprint to make sure they fit in your tool chest.

The next step is to set one of the 4 sides on the base piece. Use a 90 degree clamp to fasten the ends.

Use nails, screws or nails to secure the drawer. Using the clamp, secure the opposite side and side it in.

The last step is to connect the slide in the drawer and secure it.

Step 3 Install the Drawer Slides

This is the final step, but you need to be careful as there is little room for mistakes. Again, follow your sketch or blueprint for measurements. Use that guide as you cut the pieces.

Congratulations, you now have a fully working tool chest. If you want you can paint it or add a veneer. If the chest has multiple deep drawers, you can put wood dividers in it and create sections.

Tips and Warnings:

  1. Before making a tool chest, prepare a blueprint with the chest’s design and specs
  2. Buy more materials than you’ll need for this project, just in case you make a mistake
  3. Be careful when cutting and double check the measurements
  4. Wear safety goggles, gloves and steel toe boots or shoes
  5. Work in a well ventilated environment
  6. Clean up your work place afterward
  7. If you want to add a lid, use the same steps as above but add a hinge
  8. You can use different types of wood, but we chose MDF here as it is durable and affordable
  9. Be patient when cutting
  10. Don’t work in a poorly lit environment

Final Reminders:

That is all there is to creating a tool chest. It is not as difficult to do as it seems as long as you have the right tools and materials. The important thing to remember is to follow your plans and stick to them.

A cluttered truck toolbox is a surefire way to frustration, as you’ll have no idea where to find the tool you’re looking for or if it is even in the toolbox. By keeping your toolbox organized you’ll get more out of it and be more productive as well.

Arrange in Layers:

Layering means putting the tools you most frequently use at the top and the tools that you rarely – if ever – utilize at the bottom. Start with those barely used tools and work your way up until you get to the uppermost layer.

By being systematic in how you arrange your tools, your most frequently used tools are within easy reach. This also makes it easier to find the tools you need.

Arrange Tools in Sections

There is nothing worse than opening a toolbox and find all the cluttered or worse with oil or grease all over them. One way to avoid this is to create sections using the compartments a to separate them.

One section could be for oil and grease bottles, another for screws, nuts and bolts, another for adhesives, cutting tools and so on. Using this approach you will be able to save a lot of time and make cleaning easier too.

Use Bags for Organization

Canvas bags, or any type of bag really, provides a quick way to arrange tools. Imagine putting all your nuts and bolts in one bag, drill bits in another, screwdrivers in another and so on. Label the bags and you’re done.

In case you need one of the tools, just look at the bag’s label and open it. This is a very convenient method, plus these bags are affordable too.

Use Clamps

Get a metal framed model, set them on your toolbox, and it can carry various types of clamps easily. With a sufficient number of clamps, your tools will be more accessible.

Use Foam for Protection

Why do a lot of electronics use foam? For protection, and you can use the same foam for your hand and power tools. Apart from protecting tools, foam also serves as a divider, making it easy to divide the content inside your toolbox.

Magnet Tool Holder

Exactly as the name implies, a magnet tool holder uses a magnet to store tools and keep them organized. These are affordable and practical too. Is your toolbox overcrowded? Just buy a few magnet tool holders, put your tools on them and you will free up space in your box.

Magnetic tool holders don’t only provide more space for your toolbox, but they also make your tools more accessible. A magnet tool holder is also a practical choice for small tools as it keeps you from losing them.

Conclusion:

A truck toolbox is no different from that of other toolboxes in that the purpose is to keep the tools accessible. By following these tips you’ll be in better control of your tools and have easy access to them anytime.

There are a lot of different hand tools, but whether you’re using a wrench, saw, hammer, chisel or others, you should always follow safety precautions. A lot of the injuries that come about are due to improper handling, so keep the following in mind.

Use the right tool:

Do not use a hammer if the job requires a wrench. Do not use a chisel if you need a screwdriver. There is a reason these tools are designed for a specific task. Forcing the tool to do something it is not meant for could damage the work piece or cause an accident.

Never Use Damaged Tools:

Do not use a saw if it has broken teeth, a worn out screwdriver dull cutters etc. Using damaged tools will at best, slow you down and make you unproductive, or worse the tool could come apart and cause an accident.

Use Cutting Tools Carefully:

Meaning, always cut away from your body. It does not matter what type of tool you use, always follow this basic principle.

Maintain a Firm Grip:

Your hand grip and footing must be secure when handling saws and other large hand tools. This is one reason why ergonomic handles is necessary.

Wear a Tool Belt:

Don’t hand carry tools. Wear a tool belt or carry a toolbox. It is more practical and reduces the possibility you’ll hurt yourself. A tool belt is a must if you’re a professional carpenter, electrician or plumber.

Tools and Heights:

Use a roper or hoist to bring tools up. Do not hand carry them if you’re on a ladder. And when you’re up there, keep an eye where they are and make sure they don’t fall and hurt someone.

When working with someone, always hand a tool over by the handle. Never throw the tool and assume they’ll catch it.

Wear Protection:

Wear gloves to protect your hands. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from dust and debris. Don steel toed shoes or boots to protect your feet in case you drop one of those tools.

Your company may require you to wear other types of protective gear like hard hats, specific types of eye wear, ear plugs etc. Follow the instructions and you should be fine.

Other Safety Tips:

  • Do not put a pointed or sharp hand tool in your pocket.
  • Always choose ergonomic tools as they are more comfortable to use even for long stretches.
  • Inspect your hand tool and look for signs of damage or wear and tear. Fix them immediately or replace the tool.
  • Always store your tools properly to avoid damage.
  • Read the manual and follow the directions for use. Do not use hand tools for tasks they are not designed to handle.

Final Reminders:

Knowing how to use hand tools is one of the most effective ways to prevent injuries. Hopefully the tips above have also provided more insight so you can focus on work and avid getting hurt.

Power tools boost your productivity, speed up your work and simplify a lot of the tasks you perform. As good as power tools are, they’re not going to last if not taken care of. Here are some tips to keep them in tip top shape.

Read the Fine Manual:

Look up the care and maintenance section in your power tool manual. Follow the directions given there. Do not use any cleaning materials that are not recommended as it could damage the tool.

Clean Your Power Tools Regularly:

Grime and dirt can have a negative effect on power tools, slowing or even causing a complete halt. Use a rag to wipe the tool each time you use it and store in a safe, clean location.

If there is a lot of dirt, clean the tool with a damp rag. A thorough cleaning with a damp cloth is ideal every now and then.

For exhausts and other hard to reach spots, use cotton swabs or other narrow instruments. Oiling the cotton swab a bit also helps.

It is also a good idea to use an air compressor for blowing air into crevices and ventilation. This is the best method to remove dirt and dust inside tools without disassembling them. If you do disassemble the tool for cleanup purposes, make sure you don’t lose any of the pieces.

If your power tool has filters or other components that need replacement, do so on regular intervals. Follow the schedule or change it more often if you use the tool a lot.

How to Store Power tools:

If your power tool came with its own container or box, use that. Store the tool only when you have cleaned it up. Given a choice between a makeshift and original case, always go for the original case as it has been designed for the tool.

Keep the tool and its case in a tool chest or a storage drawer. It is best to keep the drawer in a basement, garage or any location where the temperature does not change much. By keeping climate fluctuation to a minimum you’ll be able to prolong the tool’s life.

Other Tips & Suggestions:

Always keep the user manual close by. If there is a problem with the tool, check the manual first for tips and troubleshooting. Keep all the manuals in drawer or in a toolbox so they’ll always be within easy reach.

Don’t forget to check your power tool for signs of damage, wear and tear. Check the cords for fraying or wire exposure. Replace the cords immediately if you see any signs of damage, even small. Do not attempt to fix the wire unless you now exactly what you are doing.

Final reminders:

Power tools go far in terms of making your job easier, but it is just as important that you take care of the tool. Take care of your power tool and it will take care of you too.