The Toolbox Book: A Craftsman’s Guide to Tool Chests, Cabinets, and Storage Systems

A complete survey of toolboxes for everyone who values tools. Popular Fine Woodworking author Jim Tolpin’s illustrated guide shows tool storage solutions from rugged, old-time journeymen’s chests to today’s versatile truck boxes. Tool users learn to plan and design boxes to increase productivity, save time and prevent loss or misplacement of their most valuable assets.

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  1. 1.0 out of 5 stars
    Very dissapointing – I was expecting more from the author, July 12, 2017
    JM (Cos Cob, CT USA)

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    I am a fan of Jim Tolpin, I have most of his books, videos, and magazine articles. However, this book is very dissapointing. This is just an overview of some toolboxes. It has some illustrations but it misses a lot of information. There is lack of references to some claims made in the book (i.e. Proportions), so they are mostly anecdoticals.
  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Man Hath No Great Love…, March 27, 2017
    Mark Newell PhD (Augusta, GA)

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    Man hath no greater love than this: his tools, his toolbox and his dog. Oh, and of course that one favorite child and the first wife. Given that, Tolpin’s book ( I got the hardcover) is a gorgeous production of excellent print and photo quality that allows the reader to wishfully and wistfully caress photographs of wonderful toolboxes. They range from America’s historic to contemporary makers from Duncan Phyfe to George Nesbitt. Best of all, the book explores a great many tool storage solutions from chests to totes and trailers while also providing exploding drawings of how they are made. Thus, with this book, one can move from the sofa to the workshop. Well, eventually I am sure. I wish there were a photo of the Studley chest with a breakdown of its construction (p.67, “Treasure Chests” by Lon Schleining, not that I am ever going to attempt that) and a photo of the Seaton Chest in England’s Rochester museum (the mother of all chests) but these are petty complaints with regard to an excellent book with so much practical and historical value.
  3. 12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Magical book, but DO NOT BUY THE PAPERBACK!, February 15, 2016
    K. A. (Chicago, IL USA)

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    This review is from: The Toolbox Book: A Craftsman’s Guide to Tool Chests, Cabinets, and Storage Systems (Paperback)
    Let me be clear, as for the book itself, I would give it six stars if I could. Partly a how-to guide (although one for those with woodworking experience already), partly a gorgeous gallery of so many boxes, cabinets, and storage solutions.

    The reason for my critical review is print quality. I ordered the paperback version after seeing the hardcover at my local craft center’s library. The paperback arrived, in good condition, with regular binding, but the printing is truly awful. It looks like someone scanned the hardcover version and printed the text and photos on their home printer. Most of the appeal of this book is in looking at the lovely photographs, and with the paperback, it is truly disappointing: very grainy, and poor color quality.

    I ordered a used hardcover copy, and am sending the paperback back. It is hard to see from my pictures how bad the image quality of the paperback really is, but I am uploading some in case they are helpful. (The hardcover is as crisp and clear as I remembered seeing it at the wood shop…and currently my favorite book on my bookshelf).

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