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Old 01-06-2009, 11:44 PM   #1
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Tool box organization for the obsessive compulsive

My girlfriend got me a new hand box for Christmas, a Mastercraft 3 drawer pictured here: http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/pr...08474396672972

Ended up being mis-priced, and only cost 17 bucks! Anyways, it's going in the back of the truck. I've been toying with an idea for a little while on how I could cheaply and easily organize my tools, and this was the end result:

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I bought a foam sleeping mat from Camper's Village (1/2"x27"x72") for $24, and cut put pieces to fit in the drawers. Tools were then laid out, and traced onto the mat. Then, holes were cut with a knife. The end result is that all my tools are held in securely and neatly where they can't bounce around while I'm driving. It's not 100% complete yet, space has been left in the top for a new ratchet and socket set that I plan on getting. I'm thinking of doubling up the layers around the multimeter, and screw drivers to better hold them. Overall, I am VERY impressed with how well it turned out. I think I'm going to do my big boxes at home next.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:47 PM   #2
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hmm, Work with what ya got

Nice job !

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Old 01-07-2009, 03:04 AM   #3
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i'm probabally a little OC myself. thats a nice job. i've done that to a couple of drawers in my shop 15 drawer roll around box. you can open the drawer and get a quick count of what's missing (especially if you kids have access to the box). but not always the most space effecient.
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no cup holder??

nice find for $17 but don't count on it staying that nice in back of the truck..first bump effect
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That is pretty sweet!!!! Thinking about my home boxes
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It seems pretty difficult to balance organization with maximum space usage. I simply carry too much crap with me to have it in single layers in cut out spaces like that.

cool for you if it works out for your needs.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:34 PM   #7
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Kindred Spirit

My wife calls it OCD. I call it "I know where crap is and I know when something's missing"

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Looks good mano that kind of organization is key to doing a good safe job. In the aviation maintenance shops all the tool boxes are laid out like that more or less. At the end of each job all drawers are opened and checked and if a tool is missing the plane does not get released until it is found. This prevents accidents from happening.
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That is CLEAN. I have a tool box just like that, only red, and the tools rattle around like crazy. I lined it with shop rags, but nothing as nice as that. Seems like a fun project to do.
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Yup that's the way my toolbox was when I was a blackhawk helicopter mechanic.
It keeps you always checking to make sure you didn't leave anything up there after you were done working on it.
Tool accountability is key.
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Flek23: What material did you us? How are the tools held in place on those black squares? BTW looks good to me--that ain't OCD, that's "find-a-tool-fast"!
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Well, after a month, all of the tools are still in place. The box fits perfectly on the back shelf of my Xcab. Plans are to completely redo the back of the cab with a custom MDF/fiberglass setup to hold my ammo boxes, tool box, and a small subwoofer enclosure. At that point, it will be strapped in.
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No cut-outs around the multimeter leads, electrical tape, or gloves? What kind of shoddy workmanship is that?

And you call yourself obsessive.



I have pretty much the exact same tools, except mine are crammed into one of Canadian Tire's zipper bags. It would make your OCD-driven mind do cartwheels!
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Hey, a lot of my tools started out in those zipper bags too

I see you're a member of the "Buy it from Canadian Tire when it's on sale, because everything is always on sale there atleast a few times every year" club.

As for the multimeter leads, I'm actually going to add a 2nd layer of foam around the multimeter, and stick the leads underneath

Edit: Oh, and the best part about the tool box, I bring it to the junkyard, and fill up the little fuse containers every time I go
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nice idea i'm gonna have to do that
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that's got to be the nicest box I've ever seen
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My roll around in my garage is the same way, it took me three days straight. And about 5 years later my little brother moved in with me for a year - game over.
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i thought you said you got a hand box for christmas
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I see you're a member of the "Buy it from Canadian Tire when it's on sale, because everything is always on sale there atleast a few times every year" club.

As for the multimeter leads, I'm actually going to add a 2nd layer of foam around the multimeter, and stick the leads underneath

Edit: Oh, and the best part about the tool box, I bring it to the junkyard, and fill up the little fuse containers every time I go
I think most Canucks are members of that club I know I am, lol...
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canadian tire is your best friend and your worst enemy... sometimes those 20 dollar ct trips every day when working on your yota really take there toll on ya!

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