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I retired at the end of April and I wanted to do some things, first off was get all my tools back into my toolbox in the garage instead of being spread out over the 2 garages and the house. I gathered what I find in tools and quickly discovered that I have so many tools that quickly overwhelmed the 27 inch wide toolbox. After talking to the wife we went toolbox hunting and since we have no Sears nearby we went to Lowe's, Home Depot and Harbor Freight. Well Lowe's and Home Depot had boxes but they were cheaply made and disappointing to me, thin metal, full of gimmicks like a built in power strip and just really felt cheap. Then we went to Harbor Freight, I was amazed at the toolboxes they had, yeah they had the el-cheapo boxes but then I found a really nice 56" box I like but the boss like the 44" box and she wanted me to have the top box, side box and closet and I liked the set up. The metal felt comparable to my old Waterloo tool box but a much larger size. Who is to argue with the boss I immediately agreed and bought the combination.

So I got the whole shebang home and got everything out of the boxes and pallets and I was amazed at the size of what I just bought. I immediately started to wax the box and then I started the process of putting all my tools in the new chest. The only things I left in my old toolbox were my old Bonney toolset which I bought when I first went aviation 37 years ago. The Bonney set is at best incomplete but I do not want anybody touching those tools as they are what earned my money for 27 years until my former employer started to provide tools.

After I got all my tools put in the new box I started cleaning, removing, and organizing my garage. For the last 19 years it was a dumping ground for me and I could hardly move around in it. I made 4 runs to the dump getting rid of junk and debris. I filled 21 garage cans full of garbage and I still bought out stuff the dump would not accept, like old lawn mowers, weed walkers, air compressor and a old steel lawn tractor trailer. I just pull it all out to the curb and posted a ad on Craigslist for free items that stuff disappeared in 2 hours. Now my shop is getting cleared out and I can see the floor again. I still have more work to do in the back of the garage as I want to store some other stuff that is still in the other garage but I still have a few runs to the dump to rid of that stuff.
But I can see the end is coming and since I am retired I can take my time to slowly move the stuff over.

I have been able to mount the new bench grinder that I bought four years ago and never got around to doing until now.

I realize that this is going to be a ongoing project and I will be getting to the point of finally having my garage arranged and the wife is happy as I stay out of her hair and she has her time. I also can take care of the yard and property when I need to and any time I feel like it.
 

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Shop is looking good, I love the Tool boxes. I currently have 3 bench top ones and a 42" standing one. Hoping to pick up another standing one and ditch the 3 bench top ones, unfortunately for me I don't have a harbour freight in canada. Personally I have been eyeing up the Kirkland one at Costco or a Husky one from Homedepot
 

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I saw this at Home Depot last week and it is nice and not to gimmicky and for the price is a nice home owner box, sure not for a working mechanic who needs to move his box a lot. When I went to Home Depot they had none of these just the cheaper one for for $598 that did not impress me. Had they had this one I might of gone for it but since they had none when I was buying I got the Harbor Freight one and I really like it. Has plenty of room and all the drawers are already filled. Edit I do not know what the price in Canada would be but it sure is nice.
 

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Congrats on the retirement-Michael!:tango_face_smile_bi:tango_face_smile_bi

I understand about the wife/space/and time--I'm trying to get my tools back and organized myself. You'll find,. as people told me--just as busy as when you worked--time is just spend differently....

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I saw this at Home Depot last week and it is nice and not to gimmicky and for the price is a nice home owner box, sure not for a working mechanic who needs to move his box a lot. When I went to Home Depot they had none of these just the cheaper one for for $598 that did not impress me. Had they had this one I might of gone for it but since they had none when I was buying I got the Harbor Freight one and I really like it. Has plenty of room and all the drawers are already filled. Edit I do not know what the price in Canada would be but it sure is nice.
That looks pretty Nice, My current Box is an old one from Costco. I picked it up in 2011 for around $450. After that the prices have since doubled, I saw Homedepot did have one in their last flyer for 598, I wonder if it was the same one. Its just something Ill be keeping my eye open for.
 

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Congrats on retirement, Michael! Impressive tool setup you have there! Always nice to have things where you know where things are.......you know, so you can find them, when you need them :tango_face_smile:
 

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That sounds like a clean up and a half! Congrats on retirement!
 

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That looks pretty Nice, My current Box is an old one from Costco. I picked it up in 2011 for around $450. After that the prices have since doubled, I saw Homedepot did have one in their last flyer for 598, I wonder if it was the same one. Its just something Ill be keeping my eye open for.
Home Depot has 2 boxes in that size of what I pictured. A matte finished black one for $598 and the glossy black one for $698 if you look and it is the matte finish one you will see that it has the only 4 casters and the glossy black one has 6 casters. If it is the glossy black at $598 that is probably a good buy. As I said in a earlier posting if that had been on sale and available I would grabbed it but since they had none on display and none available I ended up with the Harbor Freight setup that I bought. Right now there is a ad for the Harbor Freight 44" at $349 for the bottom box only and $269 for the top box.

I still do not care if the box does not have power outlets as I do not need power outlets what I wanted was a basic box with thicker metal. Also I do not need the curved metal on the top box as for me the majority of the time my tool box will left open, only when the grandkids are around will I ever even lock up and close it.
 

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Home Depot has 2 boxes in that size of what I pictured. A matte finished black one for $598 and the glossy black one for $698 if you look and it is the matte finish one you will see that it has the only 4 casters and the glossy black one has 6 casters. If it is the glossy black at $598 that is probably a good buy. As I said in a earlier posting if that had been on sale and available I would grabbed it but since they had none on display and none available I ended up with the Harbor Freight setup that I bought. Right now there is a ad for the Harbor Freight 44" at $349 for the bottom box only and $269 for the top box.

I still do not care if the box does not have power outlets as I do not need power outlets what I wanted was a basic box with thicker metal. Also I do not need the curved metal on the top box as for me the majority of the time my tool box will left open, only when the grandkids are around will I ever even lock up and close it.
Thats a really good price for 44" box. Ill have to check out Homedepot next time Im out to the big city. I done need a Powerbar either, i have plug ins every 4ft in my shop, i have lots of peg board, I dont really need a lock either I am teaching my girls about tools and how to use them and the dangers that can lie with the tools if you dont use them properly
 

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Wow, looks great! Nice job! :)
That is looking to the front of the shop. Spin 180 degrees and back still needs lots of cleaning. I just today took out a full 8' pickup truck load stacked to even with the cab roof and I still have more stuff back there. I did pull out a old and I mean old (at least 35-40 Years old) Craftsman Lawn Sweeper I did not know I had. I guess I do a Craigslist ad for half to 3/4ths what a new cost and be happy with ever money I get out of it. I get some pictures later of it.
 

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That looks pretty Nice, My current Box is an old one from Costco. I picked it up in 2011 for around $450. After that the prices have since doubled, I saw Homedepot did have one in their last flyer for 598, I wonder if it was the same one. Its just something Ill be keeping my eye open for.
I have a similar box from Home Depot. 62" high x 52" wide x 18" deep. Its a really nice box, lots of room and pretty sturdy too. I got most of my tools into it. Now I need another one for the rest...:tango_face_smile: Only thing is the packaging is HUGE. I had to make 2 trips to HD with my Expedition to get it. :tango_face_surprise

 

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I have a similar box from Home Depot. 62" high x 52" wide x 18" deep. Its a really nice box, lots of room and pretty sturdy too. I got most of my tools into it. Now I need another one for the rest...:tango_face_smile: Only thing is the packaging is HUGE. I had to make 2 trips to HD with my Expedition to get it. :tango_face_surprise

That appears to be the nicest box that Home Depot has, they did not have any of the other brands toolboxes if I could remember the brand they make a really good electric tools..
 

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I have a similar box from Home Depot. 62" high x 52" wide x 18" deep. Its a really nice box, lots of room and pretty sturdy too. I got most of my tools into it. Now I need another one for the rest...:tango_face_smile: Only thing is the packaging is HUGE. I had to make 2 trips to HD with my Expedition to get it. :tango_face_surprise

that looks pretty nice and sturdy. This is mine from costco a couple years back
 

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That appears to be the nicest box that Home Depot has, they did not have any of the other brands toolboxes if I could remember the brand they make a really good electric tools..
The HD near me has Milwaukee brand tool boxes, fairly similar to the Husky brand but painted in Milwaukee red.
 

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The HD near me has Milwaukee brand tool boxes, fairly similar to the Husky brand but painted in Milwaukee red.
That's the brand, the local Home Depot has less of a selection
 

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Whats the fastest way to save money to get rid of old equipment that no longer works, run? Post a ad on Craigslist for free items. I curbed the items and threw the ad on Craigslist and 2 hours later it was all gone. My instructions were very specific that I would delete the ad when all items were gone and to come n git it. I also state I would not respond to e-mails as I put the address in the ad.
 

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Today and yesterday I decided that the toolbox needed to be moved. I did not like the main box up at the front of the garage as my bench is pin the back and it was a bit annoying if I was working on something to go all the way to front to grab a tool. So it is now relocated. I then moved my air air compressor to where the main box used to be. Now that was done.

As I picked up the spool of trimmer line I got to thinking how much of a hassle it was unwind it as it would go all over the place. So off to the scrap wood pile and I got a 2 X 4 that was about 20" long and a 2 X 6 about the same length as the 2 X 4, I cut each in half with saw and screwed the 2 X 4's on to edge to the 2 X 6 and drilled a 3/4" hole in the 2 X 4's equally space from the end. Grabbed a broken 1/2" plastic broom handle and cut it down to a foot long, then I simply screwed the arrangement onto a purloin inside the door to my shop, using a screw left half way into next to arrangement and hung a side cutter on the screw. Not I have dispenser for the line. Total cost for this was zero dollars as I had all the material for the whole arrangement.


Yesterday I had to run to town on a errand and the wife and I stopped in a 2nd hand store and they had this really nice Air Force Reserve plaque, I really liked it as I am a retired Reservist. For $3.00 it now is on my wall next to the Philippine broom I hung.
 

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Well I did more rearrangement and bought a couple more items. I went to Lowe's the other day and saw this power station tool holder and I really like it and for $100.00 I bought it and set it up on the table in the back. I did not like the bench grinder in the location I put it and thinking a little I went to Harbor Freight and got a small work bench for $100.00 less the 25% off coupon and came home set up the bench and then drilled it for the bench grinder. The bench grinder is now close to the front of the shop where I can easily clean up my messes as all I have to do is use my air blower and blow out the debris outside and a quick vacuum. On the same trip to Harbor Freight I also picked up a hose reel for the air line and filter/dryer (el cheapo) and a couple short whip hoses to connect everything.
 

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