Once upon a time, companies like Stanley sold tool sets in the form of “tool cabinets” containing everything needed for the woodworking shop. Then they stopped. It is hard to understand exactly why. The rise of powertools?
Here is a toolkit offered by German company Ulmia in the 1930s.
Ironically, Ulmia still offers a series of tool cabinets, with a similar assortment of tools. The saws have been replaced by a single Japanese Dozuki saw, and there no longer seems to be a drill brace, but other than that, they are very similar. Emmerich also offers a cabinet:
But no such sets exist in North America – why? Cost? Lack of interest? Or do we tend to buy more of our tools piece-by-piece? Maybe the lack of bespoke toolmakers in Europe makes tool sets more popular?