06213296 is referenced by 41 patents and cites 110 patents.

A tool container (

20, 520, 620

) has a pair of clamshell housing members (

22, 24, 422, 424

) hingedly coupled to be moved between opened and closed positions. At least one of the members (

22, 24, 422, 424

) defines a cavity defined by a base (

42, 44, 442, 444

) and a wall (

58, 60, 62, 64, 458, 460, 462, 464

) extending from the base (

42, 44, 442, 444

), and a two-retaining insert (

32, 34, 36, 37, 431, 433

) is provided in the cavity. The insert (

32, 34, 36, 37, 431, 433

) and wall (

58, 60, 62, 64, 458, 460, 462, 464

) include alternating complementary dovetail tenons (

74, 132, 474, 532

) and recesses (

76, 134, 476, 534

) secure a tool-retaining insert in the cavity of the housing member (

22, 24, 422, 424

). The tool-retaining insert (

32, 34, 36, 37, 431, 433

) includes a number of tool-receiving recesses (

120, 520, 620

) therein with tool-receiving cradles (

152, 552, 652

) and various alternate retaining finger arrangements (

124, 524, 525, 624

) being provided for releasably retaining elongated tools (

170, 570, 670

) therein and for facilitating the ease of their removal. Such alternate arrangements including opposed pairs of tool-retaining fingers (

124, 524, 525, 624

) and split finger (

624

) configurations. A latch mechanism (

28, 428

) is included to releasably lock the pair of housing members (

22, 24, 422, 424

) in their closed position.

Title
Tool container
Application Number
9/372743
Publication Number
6213296 (B1)
Application Date
August 11, 1999
Publication Date
April 10, 2001
Inventor
Matthew J Holland
Baltimore
MD, US
James Pangerc
Baltimore
MD, US
Gregory S Snider
Bel Air
MD, US
David Namey Jr
Pittsburgh
PA, US
Patrick S Keenan
Pittsburgh
PA, US
Daniel G Findle
White Hall
MD, US
John P Streich
Appleton
WI, US
Agent
Harness Dickey & Pierce
US
Assignee
Black & Decker
DE, US
IPC
B65D 85/28
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