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Old 03-06-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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I have been wanting to find a better way to organize my hand tools for a while now. We had a lot of snow in the Midwest yesterday so I took the opportunity to build this carrier. It does have a slight resemblance to a middle school shop project, but it accomplishes my goal of having each tool have its own slot. I want to be able to glance at it before I get started at a project and know that I have everything and the same as a wrap up.

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nice work but isnt it heavy from the added weight of the 1/2" plywood.. i carry my gera in a veto pro pac size L

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Why not just buy a lightweight bag? It does the same thing...
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nice work but isnt it heavy from the added weight of the 1/2" plywood.. i carry my gera in a veto pro pac size L
It is a little heavy, but no worse than other tool boxes I bring onto the job sight on a daily basis. I might add a handle on each side to make it easier to carry if I have to go very far. Itís about the same weight as other bags I have carried once they start filling up with the things that accumulate in bags (at least in mine). The good news on this one is that it will never be any heavier than it is right now because I intentionally only made room for the tools you saw on the table. With the exception of a speed square, it was missing in that picture.
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Why not just buy a lightweight bag? It does the same thing...
It might for you but it does not for me. I trash my bags. They end up missing every thing that should be in them and filled with everything that shouldn't be in them. I needed the inventory at a glance feature that that I could only get buy building a box for the tools I use. I would love to see a pic of what you use. I am open to ideas.
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It might for you but it does not for me. I trash my bags. They end up missing every thing that should be in them and filled with everything that shouldn't be in them. I needed the inventory at a glance feature that that I could only get buy building a box for the tools I use. I would love to see a pic of what you use. I am open to ideas.
I don't have a bag or a box similar to that. I rarely leave the comfort of my office if I can help it

I do sometimes work on site, if I do I just take out of the truck what I know I need and get to work.
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Looks good, I like it.
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I don't have a bag or a box similar to that. I rarely leave the comfort of my office if I can help it

I do sometimes work on site, if I do I just take out of the truck what I know I need and get to work.

Its never the tools I knew I needed that cause me to walk back to the truck. It is the tools I didn't know I needed.
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That's smart.

Occidental has the Dr. Tool bag, similar but leather and $600-$800!!!

A coat of poly would have that looking incredible.
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Very nice! I just made one very similar, however I may copy your idea with the plexiglass holders
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Very nice . I Trade you case of beer or soda which ever you like for one . To lazy to build one .
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Wow looks sweet! I may have to make something similar for myself!


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Very nice! I just made one very similar, however I may copy your idea with the plexiglass holders

We will see how that works out. I am afraid it will brake. I got the scrap plexiglass out to make a window for the business card. Once it was out I started putting it everywhere. I thought it looked good with the screws on the front.

Another high point that I thought was in the picture ans wasn't, is a magnet that holds the top of the hammer in place. I didn't want to put a hammer loop on there.

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The only thing I might have considered doing differently would be using 1/8th hard board for dividers instead of the ply. This would help with weight and reduce the overall size. I do like the idea behind it as a dedicated tool storage system for sight recognition storage.
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Its a neat tool box-bag that you've made there. kudos!
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I would love to see what you came up with if you have a picture. I might find an idea for mine.
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I would love to see what you came up with if you have a picture. I might find an idea for mine.
Here is the pig. It's heavy but it's my own fault, should have made it smaller. However, the things I need the most often are in there. It is holding stuff that was in a bucketboss and husky soft tote, and is way easier to see where something is when I grab for it. I left the center open for jigs, glue, drill....etc. I am not digging my tape holder though, I will change that soon. Funny I made it during the last snowstorm!
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I canít believe how similar it is. They both have the same designs with many of the tools being stored outside the area with the handle. All the wood boxes I saw while thinking of doing this had the handle running the full length. I am glad you posted the pictures. I really like the removable section. It gave me all kinds of ideas. It would be kind of sweat to have six or eight side boxes with tools and parts for specific tasks ready to go. The side boxes could have little handles and be used on there own or as a part of the larger box

I am definitely keeping my eye out for a good material to build my next one out of to make it a bit lighter. Aluminum might be the answer. That will be for next yearís snow storm.

How did you organize your pictures like that rather than all in a row like mine?
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They are scary similar! I was trying to copy the design of the Occidental tote (http://www.occidental-leather.com/tote/5588.html), but I think it is much smaller. The removable idea I was not planning on, but once I realized all the small bits and things I use, I needed a compartment for them.

One of my biggest peeves is when tools are buried and can't be seen without digging, so with the open ends it is easy to see the tools.

Not sure about the pictures though, I just uploaded them with the "manage attachments" button.

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