Minimizing, De-Cluttering, and Simplifying The Workshop #2: The Oft-Used-Tool Holder

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 02-06-2018 02:21 PM 1666 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before heading to the wood storage area to do some cleanup and organization, I made a quick stop at the workbench.
What are the tools that I always reach for first and most often when working on any given project?
The list includes those which I like to have ready at hand without wasting valuable shop time searching or rummaging for them:

Try square
Marking knife
Scratch awl
12” steel rule
Phillips screwdriver
Flat blade screwdriver
Shorty Phillips screwdriver
Shorty flat blade screwdriver

To hold this small assortment of tools, I turned to an old maple box that I’ve had banging around the shop since time began. I’ve never found a good use for this until now. It’s just the perfect size for the project at hand.
The wood scrap box yielded up a piece of half-inch thick pine that was part of a drawer in its previous life. It will serve fine as the base for the tool holder, complete with a ready-made groove to hold the ruler.
Some glue and a few screws later, I had a nifty little bench-top storage unit. For now, the tools are stuck into a piece of hard foam which was carved to fit inside the box.

This, of, course, does not conform to the official handsawgeek ‘Rules of the HTOZ ‘,
(see the post on the subject: ),
so I will be soon fabricating a wood top for the holder that features proper holes laid out to custom fit the small tool collection.
I might even slap on a finish of some sort to the whole affair, just to make it purty.
For now it does the job in its present form….

-- Ed

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 06:12 PM

Ed – good post. I have also found it helpful to review which tools are most often used and make them easy to access. Another consideration is have a place for everything and every thing in its place. That why adding a top to the box is useful IMHO. Both are a big help as we mature and seem to forget why we walked upstairs :) My shop has lots of storage and it really helps with labels on the drawers with the general name of what is in them.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 06:23 PM

Thing is, my planes ae the things I reach for first and often. It would take a really big box for them!

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 07:13 PM

socrbent – Thanks. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has gotten up for a given errand or mission, got to the next room, and immediately forgot what I got up for. Do it at wotk lots. Sigh….

BustedClock (would be interested to know the story behind that handle) – sounds like a good plane till is in order.

-- Ed

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#4 posted 02-08-2018 06:34 AM

Keep it up, Ed!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 02-08-2018 02:05 PM

Indeed… I’m committed to this project now. In too deep to turn back. I do have a couple of real honest to goodness wood projects on the docket, too.

-- Ed

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