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Well, seems like this is probably the best place to put this, becouse it is not power tools, so here we go..........


After years of working out of three, four tool boxes, and in many diferent places, I am finly able to move all my stuff into one place. Now after all these years, I have just tools everywere, and I just can't get them neatly in my tool box. Anyone figure out a good system for keeping there hand tools organised? I have checked out all the tech's boxes at work, but when you work on just one, or two car lines, you don;t need as much tools as when you are working on everything. As far as the tool box? Not that big. Just an older Chraftsman top, and bottom box, and a REAL old Snapon mid box, and they are FULL. I know the best way would be to add more room, but short of getting a side box, I just can't swing for a new box. [BTW one guy at work JUST got a new Matco box. SWEET!!!! but cost more then I have ever payed for a car.] So any ideas to give this slob?

BTW.You can see my box in this picture of my work bench
 

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I have an idea paul.. PM Me, ill give you my mailing address...

Ill even pay the shipping... you can send them to me...

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Originally posted by simple_john
I have an idea paul.. PM Me, ill give you my mailing address...

Ill even pay the shipping... you can send them to me...

;)

You going to fix all my stuff also???:D :D :D
 

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Originally posted by simple_john
sorry bud.. im mechanically challenged...


Im a good cook though... i can whip up some lasagna :homereat:
Ohhhhhhhhhhh lasagnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh:homereat: :homereat:
 

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Just as an example, here is my inch size socket drawer....

Quick! grab a 1/2" socket! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

I have tryed those socket strips, and just can't stand them. The sockets never want to come off them when your hand is dirty. There HAS to be a better way.
 

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Think I may start with picking up a side box. Kinda like this............

side box


At least that will give me a little more room. More room can't hurt.
 

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well I will try tom post tis a 3rd time-- ingersoll -- the side mounted tool box yoiu showed is made for mounting on a 40-48" roller box- it is probably too large for the 24-26" residential use roller box you showed in the pix- if you load it down heavily it may bend the frame and drawer glides of the roller box- get another 24" roller box or a 40-48" if you can afford it-- i just got another 5 drawer 24" roller box just for my sockets - the older one and the 5 drawer top box i will keep my pliers etc, in -- I wanted a 3 drawer intermediate box from sears , but the cretins showed the one I wanted and told me it was no longer available even though it is still fro salew online-- they do have the identical box for 4 times the price still for sale however-- since they are all made in waterloo by one company _ i refuse to over pay for residential strength boxes-- good luck in your hunt
 

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Originally posted by Ingersoll444
Just as an example, here is my inch size socket drawer....

Quick! grab a 1/2" socket! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

I have tryed those socket strips, and just can't stand them. The sockets never want to come off them when your hand is dirty. There HAS to be a better way.
Paul...have you ever tried those tapered trays that hold the sockets? That's what I use and I can always find any size socket I need.
 

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I got a great idea....We'll get together and organize your tool box....we'll stop for lunch and eat some of SJ's famous lasagna...then we'll go out and work on your projects while SJ is whipping up a cake with his new mixer....sounds like a plan to me....:lmao:
 

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I got a couple of these for my air sockets (northern tool)... dont ask me why, ive never used them yet...

But i like having them...


<img src=http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/110121_lg.jpg>
 

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Originally posted by Argee
I got a great idea....We'll get together and organize your tool box....we'll stop for lunch and eat some of SJ's famous lasagna...then we'll go out and work on your projects while SJ is whipping up a cake with his new mixer....sounds like a plan to me....:lmao:
Sounds good. I will suplly the beer, soda, coffee, what ever you all perfer.:D :D
 

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Re: tool box

Originally posted by bigl22
well I will try tom post tis a 3rd time-- ingersoll -- the side mounted tool box yoiu showed is made for mounting on a 40-48" roller box- it is probably too large for the 24-26" residential use roller box you showed in the pix- if you load it down heavily it may bend the frame and drawer glides of the roller box- get another 24" roller box or a 40-48" if you can afford it-- i just got another 5 drawer 24" roller box just for my sockets - the older one and the 5 drawer top box i will keep my pliers etc, in -- I wanted a 3 drawer intermediate box from sears , but the cretins showed the one I wanted and told me it was no longer available even though it is still fro salew online-- they do have the identical box for 4 times the price still for sale however-- since they are all made in waterloo by one company _ i refuse to over pay for residential strength boxes-- good luck in your hunt
That was not the one I was talking about, just an example of what I am talking about. Thanks for the tips though. Any side box would also be used for light stuff. Just that odd ball special that takes up room in the box, but you don;t use much. REALY would like a new box, but just can't swing the cost at this time.

Anyone ever use one of the under shelf tool box drawrs that bolt on under a work bench? Any good? Thats something that could help also.
 

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Originally posted by Argee
Paul...have you ever tried those tapered trays that hold the sockets? That's what I use and I can always find any size socket I need.
never heard of them. What do they look like?
 

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Originally posted by bear
i have pegboard behind my bench works good for those special tools would also real good for wrenches
I am putting up what they call slat wall behind the bench.
 

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Well, still have not done anything with this.:eek: :mad: Every time I try to get some thing out it make me :mad: :mad:

I do have a ton of those little scoket strips with the little "U" shaped clips, but I hate them. Probably put some of my hardly ever used scokets on them though. At least clean up SOME of the mess.

Think one of my problems is just having to much stuff. I have always worked out of two, three tool boxes, and this is the first time I put them all in one place. So I have a lot of duplcats. Think I will go in and cull the herd a bit. Lose all the "40 peice socket set, for $10" stuff, and box up some of the "what am I doing with 40 7/16 sockets?" stuff. That will probably make the bigest diferance. Gusee I pretty much just have to get off my butt huh?:D
 

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I like those strips. After you take the socket off a few times, they free up a bit. They are a bit of a nuisance at first. I put a liner in the drawer, and drilled holes through the bottom, then riveted them in place. If I ever need to take them out, its just three holes with a drill bit. Being secured helps alot with the sockets coming off.

Another thing I thought of doing was just putting all of my sockets, ratchets, extensions, etc., on a rolling cart. It would free up a drawer in the tool box, and would make it easy to work on something in the driveway- instead of running all the way in the garage every time I need a socket.

Greg
 

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those magnetic strips i showed a pic of really work pretty well. they hold the sockets - even the big ones in place and you can pick up the whole tray without them falling out...
 
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