Title:
Tool carrying case for cordless power saws and drills
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A storage and carrying case includes spaced end panels and a bottom panel all joined together by means of a fabric over layer and a fabric under layer which are stitched together by a binding which also connects to side panels to form an enclosure for tools or the like. A single binding may thus be utilized to join all of the flexible fabric materials which retain the semi-rigid or rigid panels forming the enclosure. The case further includes panels constructed to facilitate storage and carrying of cordless power tools.



Inventors:
Redzisz, Andrezj (Wheeling, IL, US)
Godshaw, Donald E. (Evanston, IL, US)
Application Number:
11/371540
Publication Date:
10/05/2006
Filing Date:
03/09/2006
Assignee:
Travel Caddy, Inc., d/b/a Travelon (Elk Grove Village, IL, US)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
206/349
International Classes:
B65D85/28; A45C11/26
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Primary Examiner:
FERNSTROM, KURT
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BANNER & WITCOFF, LTD. (CHICAGO, IL, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A case for carrying a cordless rotary saw or cordless drill comprising, in combination: A planar, fabric covered first end panel including a generally straight topside, a generally straight bottom side, which is generally parallel to the top side, a first lateral side connecting the top side to the bottom side, and a second lateral side spaced from the first lateral side and connecting the top side and the bottom side; a fabric covered second end panel spaced from and generally parallel to the first end panel, said second end panel including a topside with a notch intermediate the opposite ends of the top side, a bottom side spaced from the notched top side, a first lateral side connecting the bottom side and top side and a second lateral side spaced from the first lateral side and connecting the top side and the bottom side; a generally flexible first side fabric panel connecting the first sides of the first end panel and second end panel, said first side panel including at least one reinforcing member between the first and second end panels and a bottom side; a generally flexible second fabric side panel connecting the second sides of the first end panel and second end panel, said second side panel including at least one reinforcing member between the first end panel and second end panel and a bottom side; a fabric covered bottom side panel joined to the first end panel, second end panel, first side panel and second side panel to form an enclosure with an open topside; and a binding for the fabric of said panels forming a generally continuous closed loop along the first end panel topside and first lateral side, the first side panel bottom side, the second end panel first lateral side, top side and second lateral side, the second flexible panel bottom side and the first end panel second side.

2. The case of claim 1 further including at least one storage pocket on the outside of at least one of said sides.

3. The case of claim 1 further including a first storage packet with an open top side affixed to the outside of the second end panel and aligned to one side of the notch.

4. The case of claim 3 including a retention strap having a first end attached to the second end panel and a second end attachable to the pocket to retain material in said pocket.

5. The case of claim 3 including a second pocket with an open top side affixed to the outside of the second end panel and aligned on the opposite side of the notch from the first pocket.

6. The case of claim 1 including a storage pocket on the outside of one of said side panels, said storage pocket including a bottom side with a notch opening.

7. The case of claim 1 wherein each lateral side panel includes a top side inclined upwardly from the second end panel to the first end panel.

8. The case of claim 1 further including a flexible flap attached to the inside of the first end panel adjacent to the inside of the first end panel adjacent the top side thereof and foldable downwardly over the first end panel.

9. The case of claim 1 further including: A generally rigid tool support ring affixed to the inside of one of said side panels.

10. The case of claim 1 further including a carry strap connecting the first and second sidewalls.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This is a continuation in part application of continuation application Ser. No. 11/340,261, filed Jan. 26, 2006, which is a continuation application of Ser. No. 10/982,319, filed Nov. 11, 2004, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,991,104, and Ser. No. 10/393,125, filed Mar. 20, 2003, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,823,992, which is based on provisional application Ser. No. 60/365,966 filed Mar. 20, 2002, all of which are entitled “Tool Carrying and Storage Case” and for all of which priority is claimed and all of which are incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

In a principal aspect, the present invention relates to a storage case for carrying tools and other items.

Gardeners, tradesmen, workmen and the like often carry and transport their tools and/or equipment in an open top carrying case. An open top carrying case enables quick access to the contents of the case. Such a case also facilitates carrying of multiple tools and items necessary for performance of work. Desirable features of a carrying case are that it be rugged, flexible, yet have a certain degree of structural integrity so that the tools or items carried in the case will be protected and will not deform the case due to their weight. Additionally, a carrying case for tools should be capable of including special storage pockets and other features for separating and transporting tools. Also, handles or carrying straps are desirable features for a carrying case or tool tote.

Gardeners, carpenters, tradesmen and other workmen often desire to carry cordless tools at a work site. A cordless rotary power saw or a cordless drill or other cordless tools or implements are typical. Carrying such tools along with extra batteries, saw blades and other accessories is often a challenge and may be a cumbersome exercise. Thus, there are numerous situations where a tote or carrying case for such tools is highly desirable.

With these objectives in mind, the embodiments of the present invention provide extremely cost effective, yet especially rugged and aesthetically pleasing designs for a tool carrying case.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Briefly, embodiments of the present invention comprise a storage case which includes generally congruently shaped, relatively rigid or semi-rigid, spaced and opposed end panels connected by a relatively rigid bottom panel. Flexible fabric, spaced opposite side panels extend between the opposite side edges of the end panels. The rigid or semi-rigid end and bottom panels are typically covered on both sides with a fabric or flexible material, and in one embodiment a single continuous binding is stitched to join substantially all of the fabric material covering the end and bottom panels thereby enhancing the assembly procedure for the storage case and providing a desirable visual impression. The end panels may each have a generally rectangular shape with one end panel notched to facilitate storage and carriage of a cordless power saw. The flexible or partially reinforced side panels optionally include a rigid stiffening bar or rod member sewn or captured in a passage extending between the end panels to thereby provide additional rigidity or structural integrity to the carrying case. The side panels may be trapezoidally configured. A protective flap may be included on the inside of the tote or case to retain and protect rotary saw blades, for example. A metal or plastic loop may be incorporated or attached to the inside of a sidewall for receipt of a cordless drill.

The end panels may be comprised of a rigid or semi-rigid material covered by fabric.

Thus, it is an object of the invention to provide a storage case for carrying tools and other items, particularly cordless power tools.

It is a further object of the invention to provide an open top storage case having a carry strap extending between two generally congruent, shaped side panels.

A further object of the invention is to provide a storage case which has an aesthetically pleasing appearance to thereby enhance the marketability of the carrying case.

Yet another object of the invention is to provide a carrying case for tools and the like which is economical, easy to manufacture, constructed of rugged materials and which is highly utilitarian.

Another object of the invention is to provide a storage and carrying case which includes generally rigid, spaced, end panels and generally flexible, but reinforced, front and back panels sewn together by a use of a single, continuous binding strip which forms a continuous loop about the periphery of the storage case.

These and other objects, advantages and features of the invention will be set forth in the detailed description which follows.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

In the detailed description which follows, reference will be made to the drawing comprised of the following figures depicting numerous embodiments. The particular embodiment included and encompassed by the claims are depicted in FIGS. 12-14 and the remaining figures depict alternative embodiments addressed principally by claims in related applications referenced herein. However, because many of the features of the embodiments are common, a description of the various preferred embodiments is maintained.

FIG. 1 is an isometric view of a first embodiment of the storage and carrying case of the invention;

FIG. 2 is an isometric view of an alternative embodiment of the storage and carrying case of the invention;

FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view of a portion of the front panel of FIG. 1 taken along the line 33 illustrating the means for stiffening a portion of the front panel which connects opposite end panels;

FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view of the binding construction of the carrying case taken along the line 44 in FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is an isometric view of a third embodiment of the invention especially useful for carrying and storage of garden tools;

FIG. 6 is an isometric view of a fourth alternate embodiment wherein the upper ends of the end panels are foldable;

FIG. 7 is an isometric view of the embodiment of FIG. 6 wherein the end panels are folded and fastened together to at least partially enclose the case;

FIG. 8 is an exploded, cut away isometric view of the component parts of the case of FIG. 6;

FIG. 9 is an exploded isometric view similar to FIG. 8 depicting the construction of the embodiment of FIG. 6;

FIG. 10 is an isometric view of a fifth alternative embodiment;

FIG. 11 is an exploded isometric view of the rigid panel members incorporated in the embodiment of FIG. 10;

FIG. 12 an isometric view of an alternative embodiment of the invention especially useful for the purpose of carrying cordless tools, such as a cordless power saw and/or a cordless drill;

FIG. 13 is an isometric view similar to FIG. 12 depicting the placement of a cordless power saw within the carrying case of FIG. 12; and

FIG. 14 is an isometric view of the carrying case of FIG. 12, wherein a cordless drill is positioned in the carrying case.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The tool storage and carrying case of the invention is depicted in first and second embodiments in FIGS. 1 and 2, respectively, and a third embodiment in FIG. 5. The first embodiment of FIG. 1 is physically smaller than the second embodiment of FIG. 2. The methodology of assembly of the cases of FIGS. 1, 2 and 5 is substantially the same and the configuration of the various carrying cases is substantially the same. Another embodiment is depicted in FIG. 5. Additional embodiments are depicted in FIGS. 6-14.

Referring therefore to FIG. 1, as well as FIGS. 3 and 5, the carrying case of the invention includes a first end panel 10 and a second, spaced end panel 12. The panels 10 and 12 are congruent or, in other words, substantially identical in size, shape and configuration. The first and second panels 10 and 12 include a lower generally rectangular section 14 and an upper triangular or trapezoidal section 16. The triangular section 16 has a generally isosceles triangular or truncated triangular shape. The first panel 10 is comprised of an interior generally semi-rigid or rigid member, for example, a polyethylene board or sheet. The first panel 10 further includes an inner and outer fabric or material covering 20 and 22. The second end panel 12 has a similar construction.

The case further includes a generally rigid bottom panel 24 which is also comprised of a rigid board or semi-rigid board or panel member 24 covered by outer layers of fabric 20, 22 in a manner substantially the same as the construction and coverage of end panels 10 and 12. In the preferred embodiment, the fabric 22 covering the outer surface of the end panels 10 and 12 is a continuous sheet of fabric of material which fits over the end panel 10, the bottom panel 24 and the second end panel 12. The interior sheet of fabric 20 likewise is a continuous sheet fitted over the end panel 10, the bottom panel 24 and the second end panel 12.

The carrying case further includes a front side fabric panel 28 and a back side fabric panel or side 30. The front panel 28 and the back panel 30 are each comprised of flexible material such as canvas, plastic or the like. The fabric utilized to make the case is thus typically a canvas material, a fabric material or flexible plastic material and is substantially the same fabric material for all panels 28, 30 and material covering 20, 22. However, it is possible to mix the types of fabric used to make the carrying case panels and covering.

The front panel 28 optionally includes a passageway such as passageway 32, extending between the end panels 10 and 12. The passageway 32 is formed by sewing over a top flap of the fabric forming the front panel 28 along a seam 34 as depicted in cross section in FIG. 3. A reinforcing element or rod 36 may then be fitted into the channel or passageway 32 that extends between the end panels 10 and 12 thereby providing an enhanced stiffening and form retention function for the carrying case. The reinforcing rod 36 thus extends the entire length of the channel 32 between the end panels 10 and 12 in the preferred embodiment.

An important aspect of the invention is the utilization of a single closed loop binding 40 in FIG. 4 which serves to join all of the flexible fabric component panels or parts 20, 22, 28 of the carrying case. Thus, referring to FIG. 4, by way of example, a binding 40 is folded over and stretched to provide a means to join the front panel 28, the first inside fabric layer 22 and the second outside fabric layer 20 which are fitted over the rigid bottom panel 24 at the bottom of the case. A single stitch 44 then joins the binding 40 and fabric layers 28, 22 and 20. In other words, the binding 40 folds over the edges of the layers of fabric 28, 22, and 20 and connects them one to the other by means of a single seam 41. This provides an enhanced visual appearance and further provides a means for joining multiple layers together to thereby simplify the construction of the carrying case.

As depicted in the Figures and starting, by way of example at seam 31, the single binding 40 extends around the periphery of the triangular section of the first end panel 10 joining fabric covers 20, 22; then joins the side edge of back panel 30 and covering 20, 22 of end panel 10; then along the bottom edge connecting the back panel 30 and the covering 20, 22 of bottom panel 24; then along the junction of the back panel 30 with the covering 20, 22 of the second end panel 12. The binding 40 continues to connect coverings 20, 22 over the isosceles section 16 of the panel 12 and then continues to join the covering 20, 22 of second end panel 12 to the front panel 28. The binding 40 then continues along the bottom edge connecting coverings 20, 22 of the bottom panel 24 and end panel 28. Finally, binding 40 connects coverings 20, 22 and edge of panel 28 up to seam 31. In the manner described, a single binding 40 is useful for connecting all of the component parts forming the carrying case. The fabric which forms the front panel 28 and back panel 30 and which also forms the through passage or channel 32 may be captured by the binding 40 to thereby fix or retain the stiffening member 36 in position to give the carrying case appropriate form and shape.

As shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 5, the carrying case further includes a carrying strap 60. The strap 60 has its opposite ends attached, for example, by a rivet 62 to the second end panel 12. A similar connection is provided for the strap 60 to the first end panel 10.

Numerous optional elements may be incorporated into the carrying case. For example, an internal intermediate wall 66 may be sewn between the front panel 28 and the back panel 30. Loops 68 may be sewn to the fabric covering for the second end panel 12. The front panel 28 may include a series of loops or pockets such as pocket 70 and tool carrying loop 72. Similarly, pockets 76 may be incorporated in the end panel 10. Special tool holders such as tool holder 78 may be fastened to the first end panel 10 or to the second end panel 12. Pockets such as pocket 80 may be incorporated on the outside of the end panel, such as end panel 12. The described construction thus enables a design of great flexibility. For example, as shown in FIG. 2, a zippered pocket 82 may be incorporated in a front panel 28 of a large carrying case.

Another aspect of the invention that may be varied relates to the shape of end panels, for example, end panel 10. The embodiments depicted as described heretofore have included a generally rectangular lower section and a generally triangular upper section. Preferably, the triangular upper section has been in the form of an isosceles triangle or a truncated isosceles triangle. The configuration can also be generally trapezoidal. Thus, various configurations of the upper section of an end panel may be adopted or utilized and considered to be within the scope of the invention. Consequently, when using the language, “triangular”, to describe the upper end portion of an end panel, for example, end panel 10, the use generally encompasses functionally and by definition triangular shaped, truncated triangular shapes, trapezoidal shapes and other such shapes that are generally of narrowing upper dimension relative to the lower section of the end panel.

Referring next to FIGS. 6-9, there is illustrated a further embodiment of the invention wherein the end panels are fabricated and configured from a material which enables those end panels to be folded one over the other and fastened together to thereby facilitate retention of tools or other items within the bag case or container. Thus, in general, the embodiment of FIGS. 6-9 includes a first end panel 100 and a generally congruent or similarly shaped second end panel 102 spaced from the first end panel 100. The end panel 100 is joined to the end panel 102 by means of a back side panel 104 and a front side panel 106. An auxiliary pouch or pocket 108 is formed on the outside of the front side panel 106. Auxiliary pouches 110, 112 and 114 are provided on the outside of the first end panel 100. A carry handle 116 connects upper ends 118 and 120 of first end panel 100 and second end panel 102. A carry strap or shoulder strap 122 connects between upper end 118 of first panel 100 and upper end 120 of second panel 102.

A closure assembly, comprised of an elastic cord 126 attached to a tab 128 with an opening 130, is provided for engagement with a projecting stud 132 on the outside of the pouch 108. The elastic cord 126 is attached to the upper end or upper margin 134 of the front side panel 106. The notch 130 is a keyhole opening or notch so that the notch 130 may easily fit over the headed stud 132 and provide a retention feature to maintain the locking assembly or closure assembly described engaged so as to retain an item within the pouch 108.

It will be noted that a binding 140 connects fabric layers as described hereinafter which encapsulate or enclose rigid and semi-rigid panels in the first end panel 100 and second end panel 102 as well as the bottom panel. That is, the binding 140 is attached to the assembly of the component parts of the embodiment of FIGS. 6-9 in the same manner as the binding utilized with respect to the embodiments heretofore described. In this manner, a single binding 140 serves to provide an aesthetically pleasing, yet highly functional, means for attaching and assembling the component parts of the bag or case.

The bag or case of FIGS. 6-9 has a feature, perhaps illustrated more clearly in FIG. 7, wherein the upper end 118 of end panel 100 may be folded over and joined with the upper end 120 of panel 102 which is also folded over. The upper ends 118 and 120 of the panels 100 and 102 thus may be attached together by a fastener 140 to enclose the contents of the bag or case. Note that FIG. 7 illustrates the opposite end in isometric view of the case of FIG. 6. Thus, as illustrated, additional pouches, such as pouch 142 with a zipper fastener or closure 144, may be provided on a backside panel 104. End panel 102 may include pouches 146 and 148 each with its own flap 150 and 152, respectively. Thus, the versatility of the construction of bags of the nature named and described is clearly apparent.

To achieve the functional characteristics of the case, reference is made to FIGS. 8 and 9. As depicted, for example, in FIG. 8, the first end panel 100 includes a semi-rigid or rigid polyethylene board 101 encapsulated between layers of fabric. Similarly, a reinforcing element, for example, a rigid or semi-rigid polyethylene slat 103 is sewn into the back panel 104 at or adjacent the upper margin 105 thereof. In a similar fashion, a rigid or semi-rigid slat 107 is sewn in the front panel 106 again adjacent the upper margin 134 thereof. The slats or reinforcing elements 103 and 107 extend generally totally between the first side panel 100 and second side panel 102 to enhance the structural integrity of the case or carrier.

The pouch 108 may also include a reinforcing element formed from a rigid or semi-rigid member 109 sewn into the front panel 111 along top margin 113 of pouch 108. The reinforcing element 109 extends across the front panel 111 of pouch 108, but does not extend into a side panel 115 of the pouch 108.

This arrangement is depicted in greater detail in FIG. 9. Note that with the embodiment of FIGS. 8 and 9 the upper ends or sections 118, 120 of the panels 100 and 102 may or may not include a reinforcing member. If the upper ends 118 and 120 include a reinforcing member, the reinforcing member is a more flexible polyethylene board, for example, so as to enable the folding of the upper ends 118 and 120 in the manner previously described. It has been found that the elimination of a reinforcing board in the upper ends 118 and 120 is possible assuming that the fabric material forming the covering of the boards or reinforcing elements 101 and its companion element 101A in FIG. 9 are adequately heavy, for example, a heavy canvas or plastic fabric material. Further, the handle 116 tends to space or separate the outer top or upper ends 118 and 120 inasmuch as the handle 116 is comprised of a molded rubber material which is flexible yet tends to elastically maintain the shape depicted in the figures thereby spreading the upper ends 118 and 120 unless those upper ends are manually flexed and joined together by the fastening mechanism 140 depicted in FIG. 7.

FIGS. 10 and 11 illustrate another embodiment which is especially useful for carrying tools and which includes reinforcing elements maintained between layers of fabric so as to replicate the configuration of a carpenter's tool box. Referring to the figures, the tool box, bag or case of FIGS. 10 and 11 includes a first end panel 200 and a congruently shaped, spaced, second end panel 202. The end panels 200 and 202 are joined by a front side panel 204 and a back side panel 206. A rigid tubular metal bar handle 208 connects between the lateral or first end panel 200 and the lateral or the second end panel 202. All of the described panels are fabric covered, preferably by two layers of fabric which are sewn together and retained along their edges by a binding 210. Within the layers or between the layers of fabric forming each of the panels, are reinforcing elements, typically polyethylene board reinforcing elements having a desired configuration or shape. FIG. 11 illustrates the combination of reinforcing elements utilized in the bag construction of FIG. 10. Thus, there is included a bottom generally rigid reinforcing board 220, a first lateral side panel reinforcing board 222, a second opposite end lateral side reinforcing board 224, and a front side reinforcing bar or slat 226 as well as a back side reinforcing bar or slat 228. There is also included bridging elements, and more particularly a first bridging element 230 which fits over the truncated or generally triangular end portion 232 of the first end panel 222. A second bridging element 234 is provided to fit over the truncated or generally triangular shaped end 236 of the second end panel 224. All of the reinforcing elements depicted in FIG. 11 are sewn into or encapsulated between layers of fabric which are sewn together so as to form the tool bag depicted in FIG. 10 having various pouches, straps and the like which enable or facilitate carrying of the bag. The location of the elements or reinforcing elements or members is as previously described. For example, the slats 226 and 228 which extend substantially between the end panels 222 and 224 are located at upper margins 227 and 229 of the front panel 204 and back panel 206, respectively. Thus, it can be seen that the binding techniques, as well as the assembly techniques associated with the tool bag of FIGS. 10 and 11, is substantially similar to or the same as previously described with respect to the other embodiments of the invention.

Other features of the embodiment of FIGS. 10 and 11 include an elastomeric or rubber handle member 209 which fits over the tubular metal handle 208 that is fastened at its opposite ends, for example, by rivets 211 to panel 222. A strap 250 is attached to the end panel 200 and fits along the top edge of the end panel 200. A similar strap 252 is attached to the opposite end panel 202. The straps 250 and 252 are affixed to the upper ends of the panels 200 and 202 by means of a hook and eye fastener construction (Velcro-type fasteners). Each strap 250 and 252 is sewn at one end 251 and 253 to the bag, and more particularly to the front panel juncture of the bag with the side panels. Thus, the strap may be utilized to retain a carpenter's level, for example, by attaching the strap over the level and against the top edge of the side panels 200 and 202.

The embodiment of FIGS. 12-14 is especially useful for the carrying of cordless power tools, such as a cordless power saw or a cordless drill. Referring to those figures, the case, or tote, incorporates a first end panel 300 which includes generally straight line top edge 302, a downwardly depending first generally vertical side edge 304 and an opposite spaced lateral side edge 306. A lower side edge 308 completes the outline of the first end panel 300. In one preferred embodiment, the end panel 300 is generally rectangular. It is comprised of a reinforcing board, as previously described, with a fabric layer on the outer side thereof and a fabric layer on the inner side thereof stitched or joined together in the manner described previously with respect to the other embodiments disclosed.

A second end panel 310 is spaced from and generally parallel to the first end panel 300. The second end panel 310 includes a top edge or top side 312, with a notch 314, intermediate the opposite sides 316 and 318 of the top edge 312. The second end panel 310 is further defined by a first depending lateral side edge 320 and a generally parallel, spaced, second side edge 322, joined along a bottom edge 324 to form the outline of the second end panel 310. The second end panel 310 is constructed in a manner similar to the construction of the first end panel 300. That is, a semi-rigid or rigid board member such as a polyethylene board, is sandwiched between fabric layers, again as depicted in the prior embodiments disclosed. It is to be noted that the lateral side edges 304 and 306 of the first end panel are elongated relative to the lateral side edges 320 and 322 of the second end panel 310. Thus, first end panel 300 is larger than second end panel 310.

A first side panel 326 has a generally flexible side panel construction and connects the first side edges 304, 320 of the first and second end panels 300 and 310. Thus, the first side panel 326 extends between a first side edge 304 and a second side edge 320.

A second side panel 328 joins the second sides or side edges 322 and 306 of the second end panel 310 and first end panel 300. The first side panel 326 and second side panel 328 are preferably generally congruent and preferably generally comprised of a flexible fabric material with a reinforcing rod member, such as reinforcing member 330 sewn into the fabric forming the panel 328 and extending between the second lateral side edges 322 and 306. This provides some rigidity to the carrying case and provides form for the carrying case, similar to the prior embodiments described.

The lateral side edges 304 and 306 being longer than the lateral side edges 320 and 322 result in an inclined side or top edge 332 and 334 of the second side panel 328 and first side panel 326 respectively as the side edges 332 and 334 extend from the second end panel 310 upwardly to the first end panel 300. The side panels 326 and 328 are thus somewhat truncated or trapezoidal and when joined with the end panels 300 and 310, provide an open top construction which is designed to more inclusively hold cordless power tools. The construction provides ease of accessibility while at the same time retains the tools snuggly in a stored position, as will be seen by reference to FIGS. 13 and 14.

In a preferred embodiment, the first end panel 300 includes a fold down interior flap 340 which is generally affixed to the inside of the first end panel 300 along the top edge 302 thereof and which folds downwardly into the inside or interior of the case enclosure. The flap 340 may include Velcro fasteners (hook and loop type fasteners) or other types of fasteners to retain the flap in a closed position. The flap 340 is designed to fold over tool components, such as saw blades which are fitted or placed under the flap 340 adjacent the first end panel 300. The increased size of the first end panel 300 relative to the second end panel 310 further results in the inclined construction previously described with respect to the sidewalls 326 and 328 and is sized to encompass the saw blades.

A support strap 346 connects the first side wall 326 to the second side wall 328. The support strap 346 is preferably centrally located between the end panels 300 and 310 to provide for balance when carrying tools.

The second end panel 310, in the embodiment disclosed, includes a first open topped pocket 350 which is positioned adjacent the notch 314 but not underneath the notch 314. A second open top pocket 352 is also provided on the opposite side of the notch 314 from the pocket 350. A retention strap 354 is affixed to the end panel 310 and includes a hook and loop fastener connection attachable to the outside of the pocket 350. A similar strand or strap 356 is provided for the pocket 352. The pockets 350 and 352 are especially useful for the storage of extra batteries that can be used with cordless power tools that are carried by the case having the design of FIGS. 12-14.

The lateral side wall 328, and in particular, the second lateral side wall 328, includes a generally rectangular pocket 360 affixed to the outside thereof. The rectangular pocket 360 includes a notch 362 formed along the bottom edge thereof. The notch 362 will enable a user of the carrying case to manually manipulate items upwardly within the pocket 360 to facilitate their removal. For example, a plastic storage box may be retained within the pocket 360 and manually moved from that pocket 360 by being accessed through the notch 362.

As a further feature of the embodiment of FIGS. 12-14, a metal loop 370 is attached or riveted to the inside of the first lateral side wall 326. The loop 370 may be affixed to the fabric forming the first lateral side wall 326. Alternatively, reinforcing strips which are rigid, semi-rigid or flexible, such as strip 372 may be incorporated inside wall 326 to facilitate maintaining the orientation and the attachment of the tool support ring 370.

FIG. 13 illustrates the manner in which a power saw, namely a cordless power saw 380 is maintained within the carrying case. That is, the saw 380 typically includes a handle which includes a manual knob 382 to facilitate maneuverability of the saw. That handle will typically fit through the notch 314 and help balance the saw 380 within the enclosure defined by the carrying case. Of course the flap 340 will be positioned to store extra blades associated with the saw.

FIG. 14 depicts the manner in which a cordless drill 386 is maintained by the carrying case of the embodiment described. Specifically a drill 386 including a battery pack 388 for the drill 386, may be positioned over the side wall, such as the lateral side wall 326. The head of the drill 386, namely the head 390, will fit through the metal retention loop 370 to hold the drill 386 tightly within the carrying case. It is possible to include both of the tools depicted in FIGS. 13 and 14 within the carrying case by manipulation of the tools and adjustment thereof in their respective positions. Of course, other tools may be stored within the various side panels or walls of the carrying case.

The use of a closed loop binding is also exemplified of the embodiment of FIGS. 12-14. Thus, fabric covered first end panel 300, which is spaced from the second end panel 310 in combination with the other panels 326, 328 includes a binding 400 which forms a generally continuous closed loop along the top edge 302 of the end panel 300 and downwardly along one side edge 304. Next, the binding extends along a side edge of the bottom panel 307 and first side panel 326 and then joins and connects to a side edge 320 of the second end panel 310, extends upwardly along the side edge 320 thereof over the top edge 312, including notch 314 of the second end panel 310, downwardly along the second side edge 322 thereof and along the bottom panel 307 and second side panel 328 and upwardly along the lateral side edge 306 of the first end panel 300 where it is joined to the binding along the top edge 302 of the first end panel 300. This closed loop arrangement provides an aesthetic and appealing construction. It may be combined with other binding associated with the end panels 300 and 310 and bottom and side panels 307, 326, 328. Alternatively, a continuous binding can be incorporated with the side panels 326, 328 along the top and side edges thereof, as well as along the bottom edge of the first and second end panels 300 and 310, respectively.

Numerous modifications may be made to the construction without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. However, the use of binding 40 in a closed loop configuration as described enables such variations. Thus, the invention is to be limited only by the following claims and equivalents thereof.