A Short History of Toolboxes

Tool box a historyTool boxes have been around since the beginning of mankind. Ever since a hunter picked up a rock to throw at dinner, he has been searching for a box or special place to put that lucky rock.

No doubt the first tool boxes were simply cloth bags or stone or clay jars to hold tools used in hunting or the construction of homes or other things. As wood became more available for homes and tools were created to work wood, toolboxes were created from wood.

Builders, hunters and weekend warriors have always needed a place to store things. Tool boxes, both small and large, along with small tool kits, have been the answer.

As time went on, we needed to carry more tools and items for work and construction. So tool bags and tool boxes started being made of other materials other than wood. Materials such as animal skins, leather, cloth and any other materials that could be used to carry things.

Tool Boxes & the Industrial Revolution

During the industrial revolution of the 1800’s, tool boxes, bags and tool kits truly came of age. This was the time when mass production of consumer items, electrical power and clothing became standard. As the population of cities increased, so did the need for tools and the people that used them. People who worked in construction, repair people and general workers increased as well. And all of these types of people needed to carry their tools with them – or they would have to go back and forth from their shops or homes. Hence the standardization of tool kits and tool bags began.

So, from home woodworking studios, to homes and apartments, everyone needs tools and the toolboxes that they contain.