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Forum topic by Quadrophenia posted 01-21-2020 09:20 PM 1104 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Quadrophenia

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01-21-2020 09:20 PM

It seems like most every power tool comes with its own batch of bits and pieces. I have always struggled a bit with how to keep them together per tool. Mostly I have just lived with it and tried to do a little bagging of them here and there. But I am lucky enough to have received a pretty good assortment from my father who passed away and sorting these accessories is quite a challenge.

I’m old enough that it won’t be all that long before my shop goes to the next generation and I’d like to have these kinds of things a little better organized to pass along than I received. Don’t take that the wrong way. I am grateful for the tools and every minute with my father. He always had the knack of just knowing where everything was and what it went to. :)

Thank you for any ideas.


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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-21-2020 09:30 PM

I keep all like tools and their parts in the standard metal filing cabinets.

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SMP

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#2 posted 01-21-2020 09:32 PM

Thats easy! I just throw them in random drawers in my toolbox. Later when I need them And can’t find them, I buy more from Amazon/ebay, then find them a week later in the toolbox.

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sansoo22

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#3 posted 01-21-2020 09:40 PM



Thats easy! I just throw them in random drawers in my toolbox. Later when I need them And can’t find them, I buy more from Amazon/ebay, then find them a week later in the toolbox.

- SMP

Thought I was the only one that operated this way. Ive got round over bits for both the trim router and the table tho. And forstner bits for the drill press and a small case for hand held drills. So eventually when you get around to organizing you find you have a lot more useful items than you thought.

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Madmark2

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#4 posted 01-22-2020 01:23 AM

Like things go with like. Drill bits store near – you guessed it – the drill press. Most of my power tools have shop built stands with a lower shelf for accessory storage. Other stuff is sorted by subject – I have a ‘special wrenches’ drawer for the router wrenches, the saw blade wrench, the band clamp wrench, etc.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Quadrophenia

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 02:14 PM

Thank you for the responses. SMP, I’ve always done too much of that! :)

Mark, that is exactly what I have done with all my stuff along the way. I did get some ideas that incorporate what John does. I guess my struggle of trying to match boxes of bits and pieces with their appropriate tools made me wonder if there was a way better system that I just didn’t know. Once I get the that job done, it won’t be a big deal.

Thanks again!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 01-22-2020 02:28 PM

First I decide where it will be stored. Then custom build a box to hold the pieces so they are somewhat organized. Then I paint the box to match the tool. Color aids memory. And finally a piece of tape across the lid to tell me what is inside. Time consuming, Yes, overkill, perhaps. But consider having my setup at the ready verses somewhere in a drawer you don’t remember. Priceless.

Side note: Cigar boxes are perfect for many such tools. Can be had for cheap if not free many times. They hold up fairly decent and can be painted with a spray can. It doesn’t need to be pretty, just work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Madmark2

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#7 posted 01-22-2020 02:41 PM

Store in clear containers. No need to label when you can see what’s in them.

Or be a slob like me!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Quadrophenia

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#8 posted 01-22-2020 02:45 PM

Woodbutcher, that is actually exactly what I was wondering about doing for myself, so wanted to see if anyone did it or whether it was a silly idea. :) Seemed like a good way to pass these things down. Thank you for the extra detail om how you go about it. 2 questions, is every box a different size, or do you try to have a few standard sizes where possible? And 2 Are you basically just lining the boxes up on shelves when they are completed, or what is your “storing plan” after the boxes are completed?

Thank you!

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Knockonit

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#9 posted 01-22-2020 02:51 PM

LOL, this my story and sticking to it, this is where the shop gremlin comes to work, spare parts and pieces for tools, while i label them in a baggy or tub, i just can’t find where the gremlin hid them, and i have a ’’go to’’ storage area, but for some reason the gremlin seems to re locate them,
my story and as noted sticking to it
rj in az

-- Living the dream

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YesHaveSome

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#10 posted 01-22-2020 03:13 PM

I put anything that comes with a tool into a baggy, label it, and put the baggy into a specific drawer.

-- But where does the meat go?

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them700project

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#11 posted 01-22-2020 03:19 PM

Depending on how many things Magnets help.
Sawstop has hook for wrenches and magnet holder for other tool I forget what it is
Put a neodymium magnet in a piece of wood mounted to wall near a bunch of my others
But many dont need special tools. just surface finishing stuff

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 01-22-2020 05:24 PM

There is a place in town, where everything really is a DOLLAR. They sell up to 12” x 14” clear plastic tubs with lids that are around 5” deep. I find almost all of my small accessories,, and parts from any one machine will pretty much fit inside of one, and a lot the smaller accessory packs I have from different companies will too.

I have all of the M Power routing accessories. These I seem to be getting out a LOT more often than stuff in the XYZ boxes from the cheapy place. For frequent use, or heavier duty I buy the much stronger, and flexible Rubbermaid stuff in a size needed to hold the parts. So heavily accessed, or when the weight will tear up the cheaper boxes I splurge for a 6 dollar box. Some of those I have near 100 pounds in, and never a torn box.

Currently I am re-doing the entire shop, so a lot of accumulating, and figuring out if I want this box in a general “stuff” location, or if it’s used often enough to deserve a place of it’s own. Much easier said, then done.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Renegade1LI

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#13 posted 01-23-2020 04:01 AM

I set my shop up with a few mechanics tool chests, lots of drawer space to organize with.

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PBWilson1970

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#14 posted 01-23-2020 05:26 PM

I’ve used Talenti gelato jars for small parts for a while. They’re strong, clear and have a secure screw top. For stuff that’s larger, I use the plastic containers that held almonds I get from the grocery store. Small Rubbermaid tubs come in handy and can stack. I also slap a decent-sized magnet to different tools to secure a wrench, Allen key or small tool that I use in conjunction. For my lathe, I pulled a large speaker magnet from a guitar amplifier to hold in to chuck keys, push bars and calipers.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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Brawler

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#15 posted 01-23-2020 05:41 PM



Thats easy! I just throw them in random drawers in my toolbox. Later when I need them And can’t find them, I buy more from Amazon/ebay, then find them a week later in the toolbox.

- SMP

I have three drywall saws for the same reason.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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