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    I have a 26" rollabout toolchest from Craftsman, it has the 4 drawer bottom roll around, 18 inches deep, and the intermediate chest with 3 drawers and the top chest with several drawers and the top lid space, both 12" deep.

    I'm thinking about getting another 3 drawer intermediate cabinet of the same width but 16 inches deep, to go under my intermediate cabinet. Adds one more foot vertically. Only 85 bucks.

    Will the top chest be too high to use conveniently? I'm only 5'-6" or 5'-7" tall.
    Last edited by LCHIEN; 12-31-2018, 05:31 PM.
    Loring in Katy, TX USA
    If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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    Originally posted by LCHIEN View Post
    I have a 26" rollabout toolchest from Craftsman, it has the 4 drawer bottom roll around, 18 inches deep, and the intermediate chest with 3 drawers and the top chest with several drawers and the top lid space, both 12" deep.

    I'm thinking about getting another 3 drawer intermediate cabinet of the same width but 16 inches deep, to go under my intermediate cabinet. Adds one more foot vertically. Only 85 bucks.

    Will the top chest be too high to use conveniently? I'm only 5'-6" or 5'-7" tall.
    I have a chest, intermediate chest, and top chest. I am similar height and don't have any issues accessing anything, but I think another foot higher would make it difficult to look down into the upper drawers to see the tools. In addition, by setup is already "tippy" - it is too high for the footprint, so even loaded down with heavier tools on the bottom to lower the COG it acts like it wants to tip when I roll over a bump or even the slightly sloped floor around the floor drain. It has not tipped over, but it's uncomfortable and stressful when I move it, I am afraid it will tip.
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    • #3
      I don't know how to calculate the ideal height of a tool chest to the height of a person - like I do with ideal working height of different shop tools to a person, however, I would say/guess that a tool chest's top height should not be any higher than 12 inches below eye level at best. In other words, Eye level height, then 12 inches below that for maximum height. Any higher and the viewing angle would be somewhat obscured unless directly over it, - plus reach into it would be awkward. I figure that the to tool chest height should not be above the arm pit to allow reach into the top of the tool chest to allow un-obstructive reach - probably 2 to 4 inches below the arm pit as a maximum.

      So, to me, the two criteria would be 1. view-ability into, and 2. reach into top chest - in relation to personal height, eye level and arm pit level as maximum. A few inches below that would be optimum.

      This is purely practical subjectivity - IMO.
      Last edited by leehljp; 01-01-2019, 12:01 PM.
      Hank Lee

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      • #4
        My toolbox is probably over 7 tall. Its a mixture of Kennedy bottom box and side boxes,Craftsman snap on top boxes. The drawers and top storage areas of the 2 top boxes that I cant see in are used for tools that are seldom used and duplicates. I know where they are and like them there rather than hid away somewhere I might..... no, definitely will forget where I store them. If I need anything out of them I get out the step stool. My tool box is also raised pretty high off the floor because my rule is everything possible in the shop will be on wheels.... good stout wheels that I can actually move something with! I like to be able to sweep and vacuum underneath my toolsbox and equipment.

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        Last edited by capncarl; 01-01-2019, 03:02 PM.

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        • #5
          I have a couple of those HF 3-piece, 11-drawer rolling (4" casters) tool cabinets I bought about four years ago. By your description, it seems similar to the Craftsman that you have. On my HF, the top tray with the lid open is 51-1/4 inches high, and I stand 5'10, maybe 5'11 (gravity is getting to me) and that's no problem seeing all the contents of the tray area, even if I bend my knees a bit to match your height, I can see into the tray just fine. But, if I made it another foot higher I think I'd have to stand on my toes a bit.

          If our tool chests are similar in height, you may have to put a small 4-inch step in front of the cabinet.

          CWS
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          • #6
            Yeah, I think the top drawers will be hard to see into. But vertical space is almost free in the shop whereas horizontal space is now at a premium. I'm planning on a small wooden step (yes, CWS, about 4-5 inches) that's just tall enough not to block the bottom drawer. Fortunately I have the tools and skills to make one easily!
            Last edited by LCHIEN; 01-02-2019, 10:10 PM.
            Loring in Katy, TX USA
            If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
            BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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            • #7
              My suggestion above was purely subjective. Capncarl's method is what I used to do. But since passing 70, I don't like excessive climbing of steps to reach things when I am in a contorted position. I can still do that, but I need to work smarter - by avoiding the hints of potential falls or mis-steps or getting off-balance.
              Hank Lee

              Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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              • #8
                The tools that I keep in the top section of my tool box are combination end wrenches 1 and larger..... real space hogs, all sockets above 1 , specialty tools that only get used once, like a crankshaft locking tool for a Honda Civic, cylinder hones, ring compressors and duplicates already in the lower part of the tool box. I looked in the top boxes for the first time in over a year during Christmas when I was purging my duplicate tools to my sons.

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