The History of a Toolbox

large tool storage box

Toolboxes, at least as we knew them, have been around for years ever since things needed storage. However, their design has matured over the years from sacks and small boxes to the more modern boxes that we all know.

The boxes evolved from being made of clay and stone jars to being constructed of wood, which was one of the best construction materials of the old times. Wooden toolboxes still remained in prominence until the 1800s. The industrial revolution changed and empathized methods of construction, as more and more consumer goods were produced.

Post Revolution Designs

With so many needs for construction and repair during and after this period, the toolbox went through its last change, where it became bigger, made of more durable materials, and was able to store and hold more items. Now there are countless toolkits and boxes, from metal ones to the large tool storage box that adorns nearly every handyman and handywoman’s shelves.

Materials with Benefits

Wood isn’t a construction material for toolboxes anymore, and now many of them are made from plastic, steel, and aluminum. The materials all depend on the weight, ability to withstand abuse, and how durable they are. For example, a plastic toolbox is often lighter than a metal box but is more prone to breaking if handled incorrectly.

A metal toolbox is durable but can rust over time and might scuff any surface it is banged against. For most craftsmen, picking the right toolbox and the material that it is made out of is a big deal. Then comes the storage capacity. Most of the toolboxes of the past had the box and not much else, but now many a large tool storage box has a large number of drawers and compartments to store more tools.

Toolboxes have come a long way since their simple beginning, but they do serve the same function – keeping tools stored and safe.