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Old 09-03-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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Tool Cart --> get organized

I totally stole this idea from someone in ADVRider, but I cannot locate the original post. In any case, thanks!

I wanted to have easy access to my most frequently used tools and also a convenient place to store them. A big rolling toolbox is expensive and never really appealed to me. Whats pictured below is a $30 (on sale) Harbor Freight tool cart that I have customized a bit.

I bought a piece of aluminum angle stock, cut it in two, clamped the pieces together and then drilled appropriately sized holes for the shafts of my screw drivers and T-handle hex wrenches. I bolted the aluminum pieces one on top of the other along one of the long sides of the cart. Below these I added a smaller aluminum angle bracket with hooks to hang the ratcheting combination wrenches regular and shorty lengths.

I added a power strip, extension cord and a couple of hooks to store the extension cord on, all at the bottom of the cart.

I bolted socket holders the carts corner posts and populated these with my most commonly used sockets, hex bits, etc.

I bent a coat hanger to hold a roll of towels and added it to one end of the cart.

Im toying with the idea of adding a magnetic tool strip along the other long edge to hold pliers. I have it clamped in place at the moment to see how it works..

The cart has two shelves. The top one holds smaller tools that dont otherwise have a home, chemicals, notepad and manuals and just general odds and ends.. The smaller stuff I keep in cans for organizational purposes one for small pliers, one for small tubes of chemicals, etc.

The bottom shelf holds larger tools such as torque wrenches, a box of nitrile gloves, a set of oversized sockets, breaker bar, long socket extensions, etc. It also has a lamp with a magnetic base that I can stick to the cart or on the bike. Magnetic parts bowls are stuck here and there on the cart.

The cart has a handle at one end that I use to hang a Maglite and my 3/8-inch socket T-handle.

I keep the cart stashed in a corner of the garage, covered by an old bed sheet. Its a cinch to roll it to the bike, unwrap the extension cord and plug it in. Then I have immediate access to common tools, chemicals, paper towels, gloves, etc and plugs for lights, power tools, etc.

Not only can I readily lay hands on a desired tool, the tools all have a home that I can easily return them to when Im done with them. It really does work well for me and the total investment (minus tools, obviously) was around $60 for the cart, aluminum stock, power strip, extension cord, lamp and various fasteners.

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Old 09-03-2008, 07:38 PM   #2
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Thumb Love it....

Love it, love it, love it, man. I've got a cart with drawers but I am a very visual guy... I like to see everything out in the open, but still remain somewhat organized. You just made my day. Did I tell ya I love it? Off to HF this weekend.
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Old 09-03-2008, 09:29 PM   #3
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That is a fantastic idea. I need one!
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:03 AM   #4
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You don't have little kids do you?
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:13 AM   #5
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Wow, that would solve my "where the fuck is my..." syndrom, from my inability to replace a tool in the toolbox after use.
I'm very creative to lay tool is strange places, I can go around the place like a dog chasing tail, cursing my bad habits only to find my tool stashed in my rear pocket
Having it close and easy to see.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:48 AM   #6
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Nice Job! That gives me a few ideas!

Of course by the time I get it done I will have lost this post and not know who to give credit to!

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Old 09-04-2008, 05:58 AM   #7
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Very Very Nice!!!!!!

Mind if I steal some ideas?
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:34 AM   #8
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Hey, a lot of very cool tool organization ideas going there. Awesome! I'll pay forward any thanks for ideas I "borrow" from you...been wanting to do something to organize my T-handle hex & torx drivers a bit better...and hammers...and prybars...and spray cans...

My tool cart is on the right - just a scrap cart from work that I put an intermediate 4 drawer box on to keep my "nice" tools used most frequently. 1" plywood worktop, but your cart will help in making some nice additons...Thanks!

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Old 09-04-2008, 07:51 AM   #9
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That is excellent! I've got 2 rollaways already which are pretty much full.. this sounds like just the thing!
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:35 AM   #10
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You don't have little kids do you?

My first thought when I saw this.

That, and the realization that the tool I needed would always be on the other side of the cart. Isn't there a law of nature that applies here?
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:08 AM   #11
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I thought about doing something like this, before I bought my roll around box. I got a left over anniversary Craftsman, top middle, and bottom, with roller bearing drawers for less than 400 total, so I couldn't pass it up. I used a trick the military, and put liners with, tool, cut outs in each drawer. The off the shelf stuff was about 80 bucks a drawer, so I had to find another soulution. I bought the regular brown/ black drawer liners, then found some 3/4 thick foam exercise mats at Walmart for about 3 bucks each. I then marked these and cut out for each tool. Works pretty well considering a total investment of less than 3 bucks. I will try and post some pictures later.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:31 AM   #12
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I thought about doing something like this, before I bought my roll around box. I got a left over anniversary Craftsman, top middle, and bottom, with roller bearing drawers for less than 400 total, so I couldn't pass it up. I used a trick the military, and put liners with, tool, cut outs in each drawer. The off the shelf stuff was about 80 bucks a drawer, so I had to find another soulution. I bought the regular brown/ black drawer liners, then found some 3/4 thick foam exercise mats at Walmart for about 3 bucks each. I then marked these and cut out for each tool. Works pretty well considering a total investment of less than 3 bucks. I will try and post some pictures later.

Yes we need the pictures.
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:25 PM   #13
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:27 PM   #14
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:56 PM   #15
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Here are my pictures
Those setups will end up running you as much as a tool box. I just couldn't justify that expense. Here are some pictures of my home made solution. I did the hole box, for less than teh price of doig one drawer using the professional kits. Here ar some pictures showing my setup, and a gratutious picture of the bikes.








You can easily see missing tools


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