Shop Upgrades #25: Kaisen Foam: Door and Latch Kit

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Blog entry by bkseitz posted 02-16-2017 03:26 PM 1496 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m a big fan of the Rigid Modular Tool box series. I use these tool boxes mainly to organize my Ryobi ONE+ tools into grab and go kits for projects around the town. I’ve a few other Battery tools hung for easier access, such as drills. But most of my woodshop are either hand tools or power tools, so portability for out of shop work trumped in-shop convenience.

The a couple of weeks ago I had gotten some kaizen foam to organize my shop(s) better. First off was my measuring tools drawer. I’d gotten tried of rummaging through a mess to find a marking knife or a try square. This worked out great. So I figured next would be my router cabinet and my mechanics tool chest/cabinet.

However…. Over the past several months I’ve been installing a lot of doors and locks from my wife’s projects. While I have a handyman tote I created for many of the maintenance jobs being asked of me, it never seemed to be efficient enough for this common task. As such I was always getting a bucket and filling it with additional tools and jigs. So building out a dedicated Door Installation kit seemed a logical next step.

This kit is made from the small Rigid Tool Box and 1 inch Kaizen Foam. I removed the insert of the lid to use as a pattern for the box well, but figure I’ll likely also place foam in the lid for future storage expansion. Inside the kit are a ONE+ Router; Ryobi Hinge, Door Lock, and Strike Plate templates; and Kwickset SmartKey tools. Aside from a Drill/Driver which I keep in my handyman tote all the tools I need for this recurring task are in a grab-and-go kit neatly organized to find and ensure I haven’t left anything behind when I’m done with a door.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 02:06 AM

Great way to keep organized.looks like nice cases.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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