Tool Chest Topper

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 10-07-2013 02:06 AM 2206 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch


The Battle continues! As Jim Jakosh says – “Use That Air Space.”

I have a cheapo rolling tool chest that is serving me well. There are only so many things I can stack on top of it. It looked like air space to me.

I used two new 2X4’s, Some reclaimed 2X4 offcuts, A reclaimed bit of flooring, and some reclaimed screws. I kept looking at the space and wondering how I could maximize storage. I wanted a good spot for my arsenal and I was really thinking of building a bunch of slots. Then it came to me – Save an entire shelf and hang the implements of destruction. I actually gained back 4 inches on the top side, at least one 2X4 of wood and a hunk of plywood. I bought about $10.00 worth of hooks and I know I could have bought them a bit more cheaply but, I didn’t want to wait for Harbor Freight to open tomorrow. All the hooks are anchored to a split 2X4. When I placed the first hook, I tested to see If my largest gun would fit.

So far, I have gained a few feet of space which is nice. What’s really cool is my space utilization in that area is organized and maintainable. I’m happy for now. Inch by inch – The war will be won (now that all my guns are accessible.)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 10-07-2013 02:15 AM

Great way to store the nailers. Thanks for the tip!

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#2 posted 10-07-2013 03:48 AM


I think you’re Hooked! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 10-07-2013 03:48 AM

Good tip from Jim, excellent execution

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-07-2013 12:06 PM

Way to go mark. It makes it easier to start the next job when you know just where that tool will be.
One other nice thing is that if you every have to move, you can take the whole rack or cabinet with you and the tools will still be in there pre-determined spaces!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-07-2013 01:00 PM

Thanks for the kind comments!


Ya couldn’t resist, could ya? Thanks for the laugh my friend.


I noticed something important. I didn’t have to break my back to get that part done. Most of the stuff was already out of the way. I suppose that’s a victory already.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 10-08-2013 02:49 AM

Another step and before you know it you will be so organized that you can find stuff blindfolded .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 10-08-2013 12:12 PM

Another great project Mark… we shall tame that beast one organization project at a time…lol My problem is, I seem to add junk faster than I can organize it. I picked up three old planes, a large draw knife, six bar clamps and some other items at an estate sale for less than 50 bucks yesterday…where I plan to put them is another You keep pumping out those good ideas and I will keep borrowing them buddy. Fine job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 10-09-2013 02:05 AM

Howdy Buster! Awesome score my friend! I’m envious. Accumulation is starting to slow down. Upgrading is getting a little pricey.

I’m going to be using the same types of projects to store more “stuff”. Since it’s just a bunch of rewinds, I don’t expect any remotely innovative ideas whether stolen or already used. It’s your turn to solve some of my problems. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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