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Tool Talk Discussion Forum

Re: Keeping track of your tools.

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Stephen Newell

07-27-2020 09:00:27




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I don't like tool boxes, there is always more stuff in them than you can find. Usually end up dumping the box on a table to make the search. My solution is to make drawers for my work bench. At least the tools are spread out enough to look for something.




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Brent Zappe

07-27-2020 20:01:48




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 Re: Keeping track of your tools. in reply to Stephen Newell, 07-27-2020 09:00:27  
Very cool and nice. one problem is that I like to keep a tote tray empty because I put tools in that I will use for that project I am working on. This allows me to stay focus and not get confused because I can get confuse quickly. A hand tote is what I use and it works for me. That is why i have hung tools on a wall because I grab what I can see in minutes. Not hours.



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Fawteen

07-27-2020 09:17:12




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 Re: Keeping track of your tools. in reply to Stephen Newell, 07-27-2020 09:00:27  

Tool boxes need to be organized just like anything else. If you just dump stuff into whatever drawer is open, of COURSE you'll never find what you're looking for.

Screw drivers - one drawer with slots. Phillips on one side, straight on the other

Pliers - one drawer

SAE Wrenches - one drawer with racks, wrenches arranged by size.

Metric Wrenches - See SAE wrenches

Sockets - one drawer for 3/8 and 1/2 drive with sockets slots arranged by size, separated by drive size, regular and deep and SAE and Metric

Second drawer for 1/4 drive arranged the same way

There's more, but you get the idea.

Also, put ALL the tools away after EVERY job. I can tell with a glance in a drawer if I've missed something.

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Stephen Newell

07-27-2020 11:14:15




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 Re: Keeping track of your tools. in reply to Fawteen, 07-27-2020 09:17:12  
While it would be nice to be that organized, I don't have time for it. I do have separate drawers for screw drivers, pliers, metric wrenches and sae wrenches but the tools just get dumped in the drawers wherever. I have so many sae sockets though I have a separate drawer for them. The metric sockets just get dumped with the metric wrenches.



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Fawteen

07-28-2020 02:58:57




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 Re: Keeping track of your tools. in reply to Stephen Newell, 07-27-2020 11:14:15  
I guess it comes down to which would you rather spend your time doing: Getting and staying organized, or pawing around in a pile looking for your 10mm socket?



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Ellis Kinney

07-27-2020 09:23:38




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 Re: Keeping track of your tools. in reply to Fawteen, 07-27-2020 09:17:12  
I really like your partitions, I have done something similar with my new tool box. Ellis



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