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Old 11-23-2010, 10:14:19 PM
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how about starting up something here about everyone's thoughts on tool storage and (pics will be great too).
for ideas, i was thinking milling cutters, turning and drill bits and also measuring tools. mics and whatever. thought this might make an interesting thread. i'm still in the process of setting up my shop but i'll pitch in when i can.
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I use a regular upright tool box for my machining tools. Its 4ft wide and 5ft tall with several different sizes of drawers. My lathe tooling and my mill tooling fits in it pretty good.
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bad idea, i guess? my bad!
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Not a bad idea. I have the same problem. Taps OMG. Sharp and dull all mixed together, dull ones beating the edge off the sharp ones. I don't know why I save old taps, but sometimes they come in handy. A couple of drawers full of different kinds of pliers, loosely arranged by types and sizes, but still in a heap. Socket sets in their orignal holders, but with three drawers of my tool box dedicated to them, it's still hard to find some things and I've hardly scraped the surface on the subject. Yeah I'd like to see some solutions, and not pegboard types. I don't have room for pegboard, I have barely enough room for tools and machinery. Another tall toolbox might help, but I would hafta keep it outside and it would brobably be stolen.
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I keep all of my English size tools (sockets, ratchets, extensions of all sizes and combination wrenches, etc) plus my English crescent wrenches all in one drawer.

Pliers, vise grips, channel locks (both Metric and English) are in another drawer.

Files, center punches, etc. are in another drawer.

Micrometers and small precision tools in another.

Metric tools including the Metric crescent wrenches and wire pliers are in a separate box that gets kicked around on the floor.

Everything else is sorta scattered around all over the place.

Since tools move from where I put them in their regular storage places and hide underneath things, I might as well not have any system at all. I spend about half the time in my shop looking for something I had in my hand about a minute before.

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Default Re: Share your thoughts on tool storage...

I'm messy. I look at it like this, the whole building is a big giant tool box. If it's in the building, it's in the tool box. I do have several real tool boxes and taps/dies are in a general box/drawer and several mics are in various drawers but if I'm using them they are also on the shelf near my machines or the front counter. I do spend time looking for tools occasionally but I figure time spent putting them all up in their perfect places vs wasted looking for them about equal out to a wash.

When you have three different guys using the same tools it's near impossible to keep them anywhere other than where they get laid down last too.
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I have lent most of my tools out to other people who have never returned them. Now if I need a tool I just borrow it from them, thus doing away with the storage problem.
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Stanley vidmar cabinets are the way to go and you can get dividers for the drawers. You can get them used on eBay. They are pretty expensive new, but take a beating in machine shops. They come in different sizes and their storage capacity is unreal. I have seen several cabinets and shelf fit into one large vidmar cabinet.

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These are drawer sets from desks, that were in the cubicle set ups. Removed them from the desk tops. They can be had cheaper that the name brand tool storage.


These are also metal desks drawers that where removed from the metal Teacher desks 3 side drawers and one lap drawer, some school systems are now having garage sales or flea markets rather than throw the stuff out same with any of the city or county auctions a lot of items will go for .25˘ each


As the photo tells it all , The sewing machine desks each had 4 drawers. the machines were all junk and the desks were 60's blond Formica modern style and beat up. But for .50˘ each desk
.12.5˘ each drawer. The library around here sell surplus office furniture and small items at each used book sale they have.
They wanted $5.00 for the card catalog I gave em $10.00.


Again two wall storage units both were, broken none working safety glass sterilizer units. Had for little more than pocket change. Nobody thought about removing the shelves and light fixtures from inside and just using for storage.
Most heard comment at the auction, H*ll I don't even use one pair of em why would I need to sterilize, 50 pair!
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These drawers were removed from work tables, I put a set of casters on the bottom and then weld each one on top and when at a height I liked mounted a section of plywood or Chip board on top

Also use assorted roll around tool boxes, Also have smaller 20 " or so tool boxes for job specific work, away from the shop plumbing, etc.

Your next question will be storage of materials, Since i have been involved in making magic, and other items for the show world in addition to toys that cage birds(parrots eat through) I use a lot storage for small parts etc.





Even kitty litter buckets can be repurposed for keeping rope clean and neat.
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Cardboard carpet tube cut down and on a couple of 2x4's under a bench to hold brazing/gas rod, dowels and plastic rigid tubing.


storage of the sawall, SDS drill, and other job specfic tool boxes.


Sheet goods and more small stock gas/TIG welding rod storage


The new overhead wooden dowel storage, PVC tube sections from a dumpster at a construction, stopped and asked a plumber that was having problems carrying the 10 footers in the building and short sections out. I did help him carry the new in and the short out.
I hang them with 1/8" aircraft cable from the drop ceiling grid screw eyes.
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They work well


eyes and crimps 7x7 strand


Storage between the joists



Short stock sections storage, With some of the cut off sections of PVC drain pipe.

Well you get the idea
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Some great ideas popping up here. I just picked up a used 41" husky roller cab. I'm going to use for all my machine shop tooling. I'm inlaying my indicators and measuring tools in a 2" thick piece of styrofoam cut to size in a couple drawers. Pics when i can
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here's my work in progress. got a long way to go yet. with no constant heat out there, i hope rust stays away.
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