5 Favorite Toolboxes for the Modern Weekend Warrior

Sure, tools are an absolute necessity for DIY projects, but just as critical is the box in which you store them. A good toolbox can help ease any project along by organizing, protecting, and transporting your tools safely and efficiently. If you still picture these boxes as the dull metal tins everyone's dad once owned, think again. The 7 takes on the toolbox shown here demonstrate the wide variety available to suit both your work style and your personal style.

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  1. True Blue


    The blue enamel-finished Trusco 2-Level Cantilever Toolbox opens from the top in two directions, thanks to a set of hinges on the side. Jutting out over the sides, its upper levels can be reconfigured with removable metal dividers to create just the right spaces for everything from screws to socket wrenches. Available at Amazon; $49.04.


  2. All Powered Up


    Taking a power tool along with you for the job? The DeWalt Tstak has a deep bin to fit your power tools, while a top tray holds smaller parts. If your collection expands, this container snaps together with other DeWalt toolboxes to create a mighty organizer. Available at Amazon; $42. 


  3. A Drop in the Bucket


    Not all toolboxes have to be, um, boxes. Case in point: The Wide-Opening Straight-Wall Bucket from Klein Tools. It can carry up to 75 pounds, and thanks to its leather-reinforced polypropylene rope handles, it's extra durable and water-resistant. This heavy-duty canvas bucket is like the duffel bag of toolboxes. Available at Amazon; $65.10.


  4. A Front-Runner


    It can be a hassle find a place to put that upper tray from your toolbox when you're digging for the tools underneath. But no more! The retailer Best Made has solved this dilemma with the smartly designed Front Loading Toolbox—it opens in the front and on the top. What took so long? Available at Best Made; $94.


  5. Bob Vila Signature Series Workman's Tool Bag

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    Combining classic design with leather-reinforced canvas construction, the brand-new Signature Series Workman's Tool Bag let you to travel in style, even while carrying a small DIY arsenal in the roomy, pocketed interior. For added convenience, the open and zippered external compartments keep the items you need the most often within easy arm's reach at all times. Available at Amazon; $79.99.


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