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Old 06-29-2022, 02:30 PM
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All my Aircaft specific tools are in here - itís been absolutely invaluable and takes up a 1/4 a metre of floor space. I pretty well have it next to me and at the conclusion of each small task the tool(s) Iím using get put back. Especially important with squeezer dies and drill bits - only ever have one of those out of the cart at a time.

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Old 06-29-2022, 02:55 PM
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I have quite a bit of room in our hangar, but like you my workspace at home is very limited, so I've gotten pretty creative. I think the rolling tool chests can provide very dense storage, and good organization. Plus they are easy to move to where you are working.

The key for me is making a specific place for each tool. It's a lot of work, but once you start down this path I don't think you'll want to work any other way. Here are some pictures of the drawers I've completed so far. It's a work in progress. Some organizers I bought, and some I made myself (3d printer).

The last pictures are actually from work stations in our shop, but keeps with the dedicated location for everything theme. It helps a lot.
I love that kind of thing, but I do wonder... OK, I've got my drawers all super organized, requiring that I discard about half my tools. Everything is perfectly organized, and the tool chest is full. Then I buy a new pair of pliers (see third pic). Now what? It's not going to fit in there.

I had everything pretty well organized before I started building... then had to buy a bunch more "stuff" and ended up right back where I started. I'm not being negative or critical, I'm genuinely curious how you handle new tools when the drawers are FULL.
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Old 06-29-2022, 03:20 PM
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I love that kind of thing, but I do wonder... OK, I've got my drawers all super organized, requiring that I discard about half my tools. Everything is perfectly organized, and the tool chest is full. Then I buy a new pair of pliers (see third pic). Now what? It's not going to fit in there.

I had everything pretty well organized before I started building... then had to buy a bunch more "stuff" and ended up right back where I started. I'm not being negative or critical, I'm genuinely curious how you handle new tools when the drawers are FULL.
Interesting question, and I could talk your ear off about it, but I'll try to keep it brief.

Everyone is different, and this is just me. When I was in the USMC reserve, as a mechanic, we had a standard issue basic toolbox with very limited tool selection (you had to be able to pack the thing around). Whoever selected the tools must have been a genius because there was nothing in there that wasn't needed, and you could do everything you needed to do with those tools.

This philosophy went into my tool box design. I bought new tools to fit the design, and gave away tools that didn't fit. There are some tools that would be nice to have that I decided not to have because I thought I could live without them. This might not work for lot's of people, but I am very happy so far.

The biggest benefit is the time I save not looking for a missing tool. I used to spend 15 or 20 minutes sometimes just looking for a tool that I swore I had just had. With this setup I tend to put things right back in their place when I'm done. Or at least when I'm done working for the day I scan the drawers to see if I left anything laying around, and retrieve back to the box.

Probably sounds like I'm preaching, so I'll wrap it up.

Oh, one last thing I should mention. I do have plastic tubs that hold tools that I use less frequently. I put my everyday commonly used tools in the tool chest which I consider "prime real estate".


Also, if anyone would like to try printing the die holder, here is an STL:
https://classic.aero/web/downloads/die%20holder%204.STL
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Old 06-29-2022, 03:53 PM
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I wanted to add a slight, ever so slight detour on this thread. I once I had break-in into my garage where a lot of my tools were stolen. All of the tools that were in my rolling toolbox were taken. Now, I also had tons of tools spread around in my perhaps "normal" way of working on various folding tables and bench tops. All of the tools that were on those tables were left untouched. My assumption being that they didn't have time to pick them all up. One of those tools BTW was a $300 Sioux air drill. So the moral of the story is if you are very organized you may not have any tools left after a robbery. From that point on I've had a really good excuse to leave my tools spread around.
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Old 06-29-2022, 04:39 PM
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I wanted to add a slight, ever so slight detour on this thread. I once I had break-in into my garage where a lot of my tools were stolen. All of the tools that were in my rolling toolbox were taken. Now, I also had tons of tools spread around in my perhaps "normal" way of working on various folding tables and bench tops. All of the tools that were on those tables were left untouched. My assumption being that they didn't have time to pick them all up. One of those tools BTW was a $300 Sioux air drill. So the moral of the story is if you are very organized you may not have any tools left after a robbery. From that point on I've had a really good excuse to leave my tools spread around.
Sorry you had a robbery but I used to be like that and I found out I spent more time looking for tools than working even if I just had the darn tool in my hand 3 seconds ago. I use what Iím working with and leave them in my work bench. After work they almost always find their home (almost) and Iím far more efficient the next session
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Old 06-29-2022, 05:36 PM
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Everyone works differently. I would need a really big tool cabinet if every tool had a nice little foam space. That works for some but I just have lots. I like to have what I need. Deep, shallow, SAE, Metric, Box end, Open end, blah, blah. I will loan if it is returned exactly where it belongs. If it doesn't get returned, no more borrow and I buy a new one. Probably why I have so many tools.
I'm organized for how I work and I know where every tool is located regardless of it's home in the cabinet or on the bench. Every change in the build, I reset the shop and put everything back where it belongs.
Point is, everyone has a method. Figure out what works and go with it.
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Old 06-30-2022, 08:39 AM
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That thing looks great. If you have the design file, why don't you post it so others can use the parts list and measurements to make up something similar? We all like building stuff.
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Old 06-30-2022, 08:49 AM
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Everyone works differently. I would need a really big tool cabinet if every tool had a nice little foam space. That works for some but I just have lots. I like to have what I need. Deep, shallow, SAE, Metric, Box end, Open end, blah, blah. I will loan if it is returned exactly where it belongs. If it doesn't get returned, no more borrow and I buy a new one. Probably why I have so many tools.
I'm organized for how I work and I know where every tool is located regardless of it's home in the cabinet or on the bench. Every change in the build, I reset the shop and put everything back where it belongs.
Point is, everyone has a method. Figure out what works and go with it.
Well said.

I'm a tool guy...consequently, I have many tools that are probably not "needed" but do a much better job at what they were specifically designed for than making that pair of channel locks "work" for something they were not designed for.

Unfortunately, the tool guy thing carried over to hardware...Why buy 4 AN bolts from ACS when you can get 10 with 20% off? I have, therefore, ended up with a veritable hardware store in my workshop...

Parts for next build?...maybe...
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Old 06-30-2022, 09:24 AM
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For those that want to shadow their tools in their tool boxes, I'm super happy with the foam from www.foamfittools.com. They sell precut foam for specific tool sets, but you can cut your own pretty easily. They have some videos on what is needed to cut your own on their website.

I used their fused foam blanks where you use a small handheld router, but now they have some adhesive backed foam where it looks like you can use an x-acto knife.
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Old 06-30-2022, 10:05 AM
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Everyone works differently. I would need a really big tool cabinet if every tool had a nice little foam space. That works for some but I just have lots. I like to have what I need. Deep, shallow, SAE, Metric, Box end, Open end, blah, blah. I will loan if it is returned exactly where it belongs. If it doesn't get returned, no more borrow and I buy a new one. Probably why I have so many tools.
I'm organized for how I work and I know where every tool is located regardless of it's home in the cabinet or on the bench. Every change in the build, I reset the shop and put everything back where it belongs.
Point is, everyone has a method. Figure out what works and go with it.
I solved this with a chalk board.... date, name, tool.
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