Special Tool Organizer

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Project by Louie posted 02-09-2015 04:26 PM 2726 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I own an Automotive repair shop. We have a lot of special tools in small boxes. Ultimately the box we need is at the bottom of the pile. We were spending a lot of time looking and shuffling so I decided to organize the mess. I used 1×12 lumber. The original thought was melamine but I saved around $50 using regular boards from HD. This is my first posted project. Thanks for looking!

-- What I lack in skill, I make up for in putty.

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 04:48 PM

That’s a great thing to have in your shop. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 04:49 PM

Man, I love organization. That’s a beautiful sight!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 06:19 PM

That’s sweet organization. If it’s a large shop, you might require that when somebody takes a tool, they put a token from their own toolbox in the cubby so you’ll know where to look when something comes up missing.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#4 posted 02-09-2015 08:26 PM

Great idea and great build. Have you thought of getting one of those label tape machines and attaching the name of the tool to the edge of the shelf…that way you will know what’s in that box and where to put it back.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 02-09-2015 09:08 PM

Well done. Nice way to get organized and provide easy access to tools.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 02-09-2015 11:02 PM

How will you find anything???

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#7 posted 02-10-2015 12:18 AM

That is really cool and would def be VERY handy in my shop. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 02-10-2015 03:16 AM

Great ideas! I have a labeler and will label each cubby. The chip idea is great because it would be nice to know who has the special tool. Thanks for all the support y’all!

-- What I lack in skill, I make up for in putty.

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#9 posted 02-10-2015 01:17 PM

Making life easier at work…....where you spend most of your life.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 02-10-2015 01:29 PM

Nice work…and useful too!
Keep up the good work.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#11 posted 02-10-2015 02:56 PM

That’s really awesome. all teh customized spacing on that is impressive – did you have to plan that out a lot, or did you just work as you go? That will go a long way towards simplifying your day.

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#12 posted 02-11-2015 03:20 AM

Rock-I got really really lucky on the spacing I could have thought all day about the layout. I measured the height of various boxes, the standard was 3”, 4”, and 6”. I took each height and added 1/4 and that’s what i used for the shelf spacing. The width was a guessing game. If I did it over, I would not put so many spacers in, leaving it more flexible to changes.

-- What I lack in skill, I make up for in putty.

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#13 posted 02-12-2015 09:38 PM

Organization in a Shop , Are you Nuts .

Looks good

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