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Posted on How do you segregate and organize different TYPES of tools?

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#1 posted 12-31-2018 08:56 PM

I have several different tool boxes ATM.

1) 5 gal bucket using a Bucket Boss with common household repair tools:
This is only place wife and kids are ‘allowed’ to borrow tools from. Has everything needed for minor repairs to; doors, windows, plumbing, electrical, hang pictures, or attempt repairs on broken household gadgets/toys.
I keep 18V Dewalt hammer drill in the bucket, which is about only tool I share with wood working shop.

2) Craftsmen rolling tool cabinet:
Has all automotive repair tools, all metal working soldering/welding tools, and heavy duty house repair tools like massive pipe wrenches or large pliers/cutters for breaker panel work.

3) Wood working hand tool bench:
This is where I keep all my commonly used wood working tools that fit in drawers. Have separate drawer(s) for planes, chisels, saws/files, measuring/marking, drilling, and misc set up things.

4) All my router bits, wrenches, and table saw accessories are temporarily located in a HF roll around cart. This is being replaced with dedicated storage in a very slow construction project as part of cabinet saw upgrade. Will soon have dedicated router table cabinet, and separate cabinet/drawers for table saw stuff as part of my saw station.

The above only works as I am old man who has collected way too many tools over the last 40 years of working with my hands, and ALL have massive overlap. Things used everywhere like; tape measure, ruler, hammer, and basic screwdrivers; are located in every tool box. There is even a separate drill bit index in locations 1, 2, & 3. A lot of the duplicate tools are lessor quality tools. Some bought before I knew better quality was needed for a job, and some freebie HF tools acquired so I really don’t care if family misplaces something. (wink, wink)

I have been using the same general tool storage for about 15 years, moving between 4 different locations; which requires my tools to be fairly mobile.
The only major change planned on future projects list is to consolidate all my drilling stuff into a dedicated cabinet under my stand up drill press. Need this to free up room in other locations, as tool collection never stops growing ….......

Best Luck on solving your tool storage problem. :)

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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