Has there ever been a time when you looked at your tool box/bin/pile and thought, “I wish I had more space”? Creator and craftsman, Hassan Abu-Izmero, has. Funny enough, he looked at an empty gasoline can and thought it was the perfect size for his most used tools. Let’s see how he made it:
After cutting ¼ way through the empty (and hopefully clean) gas can, Hassan starts crafting multiple wooden compartments for his various tools. The base of the gas can holds all the tools with the sharp edges of the gas can deburred and covered with rubber edge trim to prevent injury.
Hassan constructs a removable wooden tool holder with slots, grooves and drawers for all of his tools. Screwdrivers, pencils, and even pliers get their own spot, while large tools, like hammers and clamps, get their own strategically located spot.
Tools that come in handy during the construction include a drill, angle grinder, finish nailer, sanding block, wood glue, and clamps. He also makes good use of a table saw and a band saw for the inner box construction.
It wouldn’t be a proper toolbox if it didn’t have drawers, so Hassan creates a number of dividers for three small drawers. He makes the process look simple, constructing a basic box and thin, plastic strips to space the drawers and dividers evenly. They all get spray painted to match the gas can.
While waiting for the paint to dry, he adds a few slots to the outside of the inner tool holder to hold his clamps, along with a substantial shoulder eye bolt positioned top-center to allow easy removal of the tools from the gas can enclosure.
Speaking of the gas tank, Hassan connects the top and bottom using a simple, custom-made hinge mechanism and quick-release toggle clamp for easy access inside the toolbox.
A little sanding and it’s ready to go! Just as advertised, Hassan’s gas tank toolbox has room for practically everything he would ever need. While it may seem a bit heavy and cumbersome, you’re sure to get some looks from those wondering why you’re carrying a gas container into a woodshop.