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Old 04-28-2009, 08:20 PM   #1
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What's the best way to organize your tool box drawers?

I have accumulated too many tools over time.

I have so many tools I'm having trouble keeping everything organized. For example: I've got a drawer with dozens of combination wrenches ranging in size from 1/4" to 1 & 3/4". It can take several minutes to find a particular wrench.

What's the best way to organize tool box drawers so that the commonly used tools are accessible while also storing the seldom used tools?
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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Peg board the most used ones , box the others . Or , just spread the stuff out all over the floor where ya need it
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:42 PM   #3
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:45 PM   #4
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I was in a similar position and had so many hand tools it was ridiculous. I didn't have 2 or everything it was more like 4 of everything both metric and standard US. Add in a large assortment of novelty wrenchs, pliers, combo screwdrivers nut drivers etc and it was an embarrassing case of conspicuous consumption/tool hording. What I did a few years ago was find a deserving local kid who was new to riding, not a dope, did his own wrenching to whatever extent he was able and gave him a big pile of hand tools. I did the peg board thing on the wall in the shop that now holds just about every tool I could possible use. I also put together a well equiped tool box that I can just pick up and go with for away from the shop emergencies as well as a smaller one in a flexible tool bag that I throw in the bike for just in case reasons. If I could get back all the tools I lent out that never returned I'd probably be in the same position again. Its a curse!!
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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Here's one way to organize a box-

Top drawer has screwdrivers
Next drawer has pliers and pinchy-type tools
Next drawer has wrenches, both SAE and metric, up to size 22mm & 13/16
Keep them sorted from small to large and metric on one side and SAE on the other.

Wrench holders work pretty good, but I found them slow to use when being busy:


Anything bigger goes in a drawer on the bottom box, and anything smaller than 1/4" / 5mm goes in a jumble in a small top drawer.

For sockets, 3/8 sockets all go on rails. 1/2 can be on rails or in plastic bins. 1/4" are usually on rails too.

I like using carpet to line the drawers with, as the tools will not slide around when the drawers are opened and closed. It also quiets it down when you toss tools in the drawers too.

Hope this helps!
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:52 PM   #6
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You know what they say about a picture...

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When I did avionics in the Navy we had tool rolls and a locker with foam lined shelves cut for each tool. It was easy to do an inventory to make sure all of your tools were back in the shop instead of left on the aircraft.

I like the molded tray you have pictured, but I doubt it would be useful when not bought as part of a set.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:16 PM   #7
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When I did avionics in the Navy we had tool rolls and a locker with foam lined shelves cut for each tool. It was easy to do an inventory to make sure all of your tools were back in the shop instead of left on the aircraft.

I like the molded tray you have pictured, but I doubt it would be useful when not bought as part of a set.
Very true! Instead, it would be better to get some foam and make your own! I did this in the Air Force in the 80's for me and the other techs.

I always wanted to do it for my current tool set, but have too many projects to get it done.

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Very nice Dave!

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Old 04-28-2009, 09:19 PM   #9
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I'd have to buy a couple more roll-aways if I was ever going to go that route. I think it's time for me to get rid of anything more than a double.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:03 PM   #10
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Put it on the wall, even with this my tool chest draws are full of tools as well.


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I'll give you an example of how NOT to do it...

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I'll give you an example of how NOT to do it...

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Old 04-29-2009, 03:59 PM   #15
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My basic all encompassing rule is: Like Items Together.

After that, it takes care of itself as long as you don't do dumb stuff like keeping twelve 15mm sockets in with the main socket selection. Stick the extras somewhere else or sell 'em - space is valuable.

When I bought my tool box, I went for lots of drawers, so I can keep flat blade screwdrivers separate from philips, etc.

The biggest pain is drills, grinders, etc. with cords. I'm very space limited right now and I'm sick of coiling them up and setting them on top of each other. I need a shelf up high where I can let the cords dangle.
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