I have the dreaded job of moving house, which of course, includes tools in the workshop. On previous occasions, due to the weight of tools, I have made boxes, in the style of old fruit boxes, out of pine fence palings. Unfortunately, the boxes can end up being as heavy as the tools in them. I'm looking for an alternative material, which is strong enough, cost effective, and easy to construct. Cardboard boxes are not up to the job and plastic boxes break.
Would love to hear of any suggestions that others have found effective.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @raymondo. It's terrific to have you join us and many thanks for your question.
You might find plastic containers that crack and break are of the more budget-friendly variety. We have a whole range of heavy-duty storage crates which would be suitable for this purpose. You might like to utilise these style of crates not only for moving the tools but as a longer-term organisation and storage solution.
I would struggle to think of a material you could use to build these that would be strong enough but also lighter than timber.
I hear you as someone who seems to move every 3 to 4 years. I have resorted to using milk crates and milk crate sized plastic tubs this size for most of my tools. While a little smaller than ideal for the moving part I have heavy duty shelves and have tools and equipment organised this way after moving the tools easily slide on the shelves in their tubs already grouped again.
Possibility the best and cheapest method is to go to the local military disposal store and grab a couple of trunks for all your tools. Make up a frame with some wheels fit the trunks to the frame for ease movement
Yes, I already use some Milk crates. I still have some originals which were a lot tougher than the new varieties.
No lids, sadly. which makes it difficult to give to a carrier.
I suggest 6mm (or thicker if need be, esp for bottoms) MDF panelling, using metal rt angle strips to make the corners. It is much stronger than cardboard but not as heavy as pine boards. Also fairly cheap to buy, easy to cut.