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Retro Tool Boxes

As I struggle to revive my own personal residential garage buildout project (which was put on hold due to other home renovations taking far longer than expected), I’m 85.573% sure I’m gonna go retro. I have very fond memories growing up in and around my grandfather’s Texaco station in SW Florida, which he started before I was born and kept running through the ’70s.

To that end, I’ve been searching for just the right amount of retro/modern mix as I plan things out. I still like the latest tool chests/workbench combos from the likes of Milwaukee, Craftsman, Husky, and others, but I really dig the look of these retro-refrigerator-looking tool box/tool chest combos by Sealey.

Sealey’s retro tool boxes are sold as three individual pieces—the top chest, middle box, and bottom cabinet with casters. Really, what makes these tool boxes look “retro” are the curves—everything else is just as boxy as any other tool chest. But that subtle design makes these things super-cool.

The specs on the Sealey retro tool boxes are much like others: ball bearing slide drawers with lift-and-latch functionality, integrated side handles, drawer liners, glossy powder coat finish, and independent top and bottom drawer locks. Sealey doesn’t appear to include integrated power stations, however, which is a common feature these days. But, these are retro, after all.

I’ve had a hard time finding these here in the US, as they’re made in the UK and Sealey doesn’t sell direct-to-consumer. They literally just point you to a Google search of the product SKU. They also haven’t responded to my email. Blah. Still, I’ve seen a few dealers who say they ship to the US, but that could be very expensive.

So… my search for something like these here in the US continues. If you know of something similar, please comment below.

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About Michael Turner

Forty-something years later, Michael still doesn’t’ know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Michael has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, lead a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a sales/marketing/PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, flying, trains, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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