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HeroChest: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby whitebeard » Friday January 23rd, 2015 6:23pm

I have been admiring the HQ chests that some of the members have built. But I don't have the time to attempt the perfect box (or the skill). Instead I started looking at machinist's tool chest. My objective was to have something that keeps the dust off of my painted miniatures and can be used for quick access during game play. For $65 I think I just about nailed it.

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The box looks nice enough. I'll be putting a nice big logo on it later.

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The whole thing is felt lined. The top has lots of space for oversized minis (two Reaper dragons, three GW river trolls, three GW spirit host, and two GW chaos warrios are in there. I also have the quest books, manuals, and a few unopened minis. I'll add some foam if I plan to take it anywhere.

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The front folds out to reveal 8 drawers. The front piece also slides in and out of the way (not shown).

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Two drawers are very large easily fitting all of the furniture into just one of them… so plenty of space to the Twisting Catacombs Kickstarter?

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The other six drawers are small and low profile (4 shown here). All of the drawers have no stops on them, so they just slide right out like trays.

I also added furniture felt pads to the four corners on the bottom to prevent scratching my table and floor.

The only things that do not fit in the box (unaltered) are the Armory and Game board. I use a re-printed 30mm game board anyway, so I keep that separate. And eventually I will re-print a slightly modified armory.

You can find this chest on e-bay for about $100. But I found the best price at Harbor Freight at $65 after using one of their 20% off one item coupons. I had never heard of the store before, but I guess they are quite common in the US midwest.
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Re: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby GimmeYerGold » Friday January 23rd, 2015 7:33pm

WOW! This is fantastic. I already placed an order for one myself!

Thanks for sharing this, whitebeard!


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Re: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby splatterkid » Friday January 23rd, 2015 8:50pm

Would this hold the expansion boxes also?
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Re: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby whitebeard » Friday January 23rd, 2015 9:10pm

GimmeYerGold wrote:WOW! This is fantastic. I already placed an order for one myself!

Thanks for sharing this, whitebeard!


Wow, that was fast! Where did you end up ordering it from?

For others, if you "Google" it use "windsor machinist chest".

splatterkid wrote:Would this hold the expansion boxes also?


This box easily holds three copies of the original game if you aren't worried about how the pieces are sorted, so yeah, it should accommodate all of the expansions. The only real issue is that I wanted all of my monsters in the small drawers, but the gargoyle does not fit, so I put him with the furniture. I also have a drawer of 12 GW Chaos warriors but the two champions I made do not fit because their arms and weapons extend very far outward.


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Re: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby StratosVX » Friday January 23rd, 2015 9:49pm

Very nice!


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Re: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby knightkrawler » Saturday January 24th, 2015 4:45am

whitebeard wrote:The only real issue is that I wanted all of my monsters in the small drawers, but the gargoyle does not fit, so I put him with the furniture.


Most of the time, he is furniture anyway.
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Re: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby Sjeng » Saturday January 24th, 2015 9:03am

That's a great find!! Perfect for HQ :D

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Re: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby GimmeYerGold » Saturday January 24th, 2015 12:23pm

whitebeard wrote:Wow, that was fast! Where did you end up ordering it from?


I followed your information, and ordered online from Harbor Freight, with the 20% off coupon. There was even a video online of their sales guy demoing the chest and its features. Very helpful. There is actually a store here locally, but the idea of paying $7 more for shipping, and the joy of receiving a big package trumps the idea of driving an hour round trip for it. (I am lazy when it comes to that!) :p


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Re: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby cynthialee » Saturday January 24th, 2015 12:59pm

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whitebeard wrote:Wow, that was fast! Where did you end up ordering it from?


I followed your information, and ordered online from Harbor Freight, with the 20% off coupon. There was even a video online of their sales guy demoing the chest and its features. Very helpful. There is actually a store here locally, but the idea of paying $7 more for shipping, and the joy of receiving a big package trumps the idea of driving an hour round trip for it. (I am lazy when it comes to that!) :p

you would spend that $7 in gas anyways
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Re: Machinist's Tool Chest - HeroQuest Box

Postby whitebeard » Saturday January 24th, 2015 1:54pm

GimmeYerGold wrote:I followed your information, and ordered online from Harbor Freight, with the 20% off coupon.

That is awesome that you were able to find and use the coupon! I got mine a little while back during all of the Christmas sales, so I wasn't sure if it could be found without waiting for some holiday.

cynthialee wrote:you would spend that $7 in gas anyways

Ah, but he would have it already!


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