Allen Wrench Caddy

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Project by Bricofleur posted 02-23-2011 06:00 PM 9113 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Small project? Yes, but great perspectives!

To end searching for particular sizes of Allen key, which were stored free in a small plastic drawer, I made this caddy by drilling a freshly square-jointed 8”-long 2 X 6 block of wood. I drilled 5/32’’, 3/16’’, 1/4’’, 5/16’’, 3/8’’, and 7/16’’ diameter holes 3/4” apart so Allen wrenches would be free and easy to pull out and feed in. One side holds the metric sizes and the other the imperial sizes (obvious).

After thought, I took the trouble to counterbore for adding a cup and a rare-earth magnet so any Allen screw or wrench could temporarily be “stored” securely on any job site.

The base is a 6” X 8” piece of 1/4”-thick MDF, which is screwed from under the wrench holder.

It is great! I should have think about that years ago. All that time spent to locate the needed Allen wrench!

I wonder how many of you lived with this… frustration!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 06:17 PM

Now that is about the best use of scrap wood I have seen in a quite some time. Will we be seeing the production model on Ebay soon? Ha!

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 07:27 PM

I really like the magnet idea



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#3 posted 02-23-2011 07:31 PM

Hello serge

Your brain is brillant.

You make a project per day. Your shop will be to small to store them !!!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 07:36 PM

Luckily, mine came in a plastic version.

AMAZINGLY, they’re still in there.

But—from bike wrenching—I have a tub of loose ones, too !

Great idea. It’s deceiving, how simple this looks. That’s a LOT of bit changes to do it right :-)

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 07:50 PM

Nice one Serge!
I have a similar idea for my ever growing collection of allen wrenches waiting to be built, but you got me thinking about a small improvement:

Embed a magnetic strip in the middle, strong enough to keep the wrenches in place, just in case you drop the case by accident :), now… where to get one of those?

Thanks for sharing!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 07:54 PM

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 08:17 PM

I see our friend north of the border is at it agian. I’ll send you my address for mine. LOL Looks good.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 10:47 PM

Very nice. I can’t see, did you label each size?

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 01:43 AM

This is how you put scrab wood imto good use. Magnet was a nice idea.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 06:17 AM

Great idea. I foresee one of these on my project list.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#11 posted 02-24-2011 06:21 PM

simple, handy, and ingenious as always Serge thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 03-04-2011 10:58 PM

Great idea! I only wish that I knew where my allen wrenches were so I could make one of these for my shop:-) I did make something similar to this and your router bit organizer for my drill bits. It has been hard to find the time and patience to post projects, shop updates, jigs and and newly discovered tips lately, but I will try to do so in the near future.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#13 posted 06-25-2011 10:02 PM

@Gnagen: Sorry to be that late to answer your question. I didn’t label the size, but I must admit it is a good idea. Okay, on my todo list!



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