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May 27, 2022 - 8:38:46 AM

kd8tzc

USA

309 posts since 4/11/2022

Currently, I have all of my banjo tools in this small plastic tool box that just flips open and you can pile as much stuff in it as you can fit in there. It's a mess though.


I would love to be able to afford one of those old timey wooden boxes that you see, but that's a bit more than I can afford at this point, and it doesn't have some of the things I am looking for (at least one deep drawer). I remember having this great tackle box back in the 1980's that would be perfect... it had a flip down front, a series of drawers, and one deep drawer (to keep bigger things like a drum dial).

Here are some of the factors I am looking for:

  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Must have at least one deep drawer
  • A number of small compartments to organize things (picks, j hooks, nuts and bolts, etc)
  • A few long bins (something to keep a screwdriver, hex wrench, etc
  • Place to keep extra string packs (so a drawer or something that can accommodate the square packs that strings normally come in)

Anyhow, I'm sure many are using plain old tackle boxes, which is fine, but that deep drawer is the one that keeps stumping me.  I guess I could always store it someplace else, but it woudl be nice to keep everything together.

May 27, 2022 - 8:56:52 AM
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2912 posts since 3/30/2008

I have several "Kennedy" tool boxes (machinist's chests) that exactly fit your description, ( approx. 20" length x 9" deep x 14"tall w/ some variations). They are  quite expensive new, but are readily available for peanuts  at swap meets & secondhand markets. They are well made & will last a lifetime.

Edited by - tdennis on 05/27/2022 09:06:11

May 27, 2022 - 10:18:56 AM

kd8tzc

USA

309 posts since 4/11/2022

tdennis do you have a picture of what you are referencing as I know there are a whole broad line of different sizes and styles of Kennedy tool boxes.

May 27, 2022 - 11:14:55 AM
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4406 posts since 5/29/2011

How deep does the drawer have to be? Here are a couple of tool chests from Harbor Freight that are not too dear in price. Neither has a deep drawer but they both have a deep box in the top. I have one of the wooden chests and have used it for years. I keep my tools in it and my banjo parts in a 48 drawer plastic sorter.




May 27, 2022 - 11:17:47 AM
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1848 posts since 5/19/2018

Picked up one of these from Harbour Freight- $89.00. USD.

Wood. One deep top area. Numerous little drawers and dividers.

Hold all my banjo tools, spare parts, strings ect.

Works perfect.

Not USA Vintage made quality, but does the job, looks decent and relatively cheap.


 

May 27, 2022 - 11:24:20 AM

2912 posts since 3/30/2008

bing.com/search?q=kennedy+mach...2.21281j0

 

Search "Kennedy machinist's chest", & go to images.  What makes them special is the quality in the drawer slides,  & the general strength of handles, latches & materials.  I'm not suggesting you pay an arm & a leg,  they are ubiquitous at antique markets & outdoor swap meets.  I have about 6 of them, & paid around $45+_ for each. 

Edited by - tdennis on 05/27/2022 11:33:37

May 27, 2022 - 11:25:34 AM

kd8tzc

USA

309 posts since 4/11/2022

Alvin Conder I love the wooden boxes, but the cost is a bit much. I know... considering how much a banjo costs, this is a small investment.

Culloden I have a metal toolbox like the one on the right... if I never wanted to take the box with me, I would use that, but those things are heavy. To answer your question on how deep, well, if I lay the DrumDial box on it's side, it would need just a little over 3.5" in depth. I believe the top part on that would accommodate the drumdial laying down just fine.

The plano tackle box I had in the 1980's was about the size of the wooden toolbox, but it did not open on the top. The bottom drawer was about the size of the two bottom wood drawers (if you made it one bigger drawer) and the the remainder were shallower drawers like what you have in the picture.

May 27, 2022 - 11:27:32 AM

kd8tzc

USA

309 posts since 4/11/2022

quote:
Originally posted by tdennis

bing.com/search?q=kennedy+mach...2.21281j0


Okay, glad I asked as that is completely different than what I thought you were going to show.  That actually looks like the top of one of those Craftsman roller tool chests.  That has to weigh a ton though... but I really like how it has that deep center drawer.

May 27, 2022 - 2:35:08 PM

Bart Veerman

Canada

5199 posts since 1/5/2005

I use a fishing tackle box that does a fine job. No drawer though.

May 27, 2022 - 3:31:19 PM
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hbick2

USA

601 posts since 6/26/2004

I found an old Gerstner on eBay at a reasonable price. I'd check local estate and yard sales and flea markets.

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May 31, 2022 - 10:33:03 AM

kd8tzc

USA

309 posts since 4/11/2022

quote:
Originally posted by hbick2

I found an old Gerstner on eBay at a reasonable price. I'd check local estate and yard sales and flea markets.


They make some of the nicest that I have seen, with the nice oak that they make them out of.  I recall when I was growing up, our neighbor was a retired engineer, and he had one, and it was beautiful.  I'd love to find one, but I have never seen one that was under $200.  I'm sure some sell for less than that if you are patient with the aution format, but I have never been any good with that.

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