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Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? #5080898
04/20/19 03:41 PM
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I don't have a garage or work shop area. I have a small tool chest in my basement. My tools are thrown in the drawers but I still need to search to find what I need. It is not always a quick find.

Do you have things set up to easily find and return tools? Peg boards and such?

Would you know easily if a tool was missing?


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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080904
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The drawers are. I'm visual so I have lots of shelves. I don't like cabinets-- can't see the stuff.

It makes sense to me-- one drawer is "new stuff from Harbor Freight I haven't opened yet", but I find what I need just the same.

Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080913
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I got it just the way I like it. I know where every tool is.... within easy reach.

I too abhor garages that use old kitchen cabinets. Not for me. The doors slow me down. All shelves in my garage and basement work bench are open. Easy grab and go.

Small stuff goes in the tool chest.

Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080917
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I have a large box at home and a larger one at work. Both are set up as close to the same as possible. Sockets in the top. Metric wrenches in the next drawer,sae in the one below that etc.

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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080920
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Every tool is shadowed and etched. Every cabinet is label-out and organized, including oils, greases, sprays, and spare parts.


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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080923
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nope, far from it.

wish it were, tried to make it, but always goes back to normal (for me)

have given up, just learned to deal with it


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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080925
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Nope. Only my computer is well organized. Buy cheap tools cause I misplace 'em.


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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080930
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I have the frequently used tools on a pegboard or within easy reach, and the less-frequently used stuff in drawers, etc. Nothing worse than spending more time looking for tools than doing the work![Linked Image]


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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080955
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Usually it's organized, until I need to work on something all day, then it's all thrown on piles afterwards.

Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080979
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It's all pretty simple. Every time you are done with a tool, AWAYS put it back in the same place! I probably have a thousand tools, so sometimes I have to look a while, only to find out it was right where I put it.

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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5080982
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Yep I have a large toolbox that I have had for about 40 years. Everything has its place and stays there after every use. Tools tend to be all over the garage when I am working, but they get cleaned and put back when finished.


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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5081021
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Kinda. Sorta. Mostly works but I still end up looking for stuff sometimes.
He who dies wit the most tools wins.

I used my long Snap-On 17/19 mm box end to remove a CVT drain bolt.
What a nice tool!


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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5081023
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Oddly my tool chest is pretty well organized. I know where every type of tool should be. I try and put tools back but sometimes it takes awhile.


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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: RyanY] #5081100
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Originally Posted by RyanY
I have the frequently used tools on a pegboard or within easy reach, and the less-frequently used stuff in drawers, etc. Nothing worse than spending more time looking for tools than doing the work![Linked Image]


This is basically how my tools are set up, plus I have a 5-drawer tool box with drawers for allen wrenches, drill bits, pneumatic fittings, miscellaneous, basically things that won't fit cleanly on a peg board.

I'm super anal about putting things back (even if I might use them again soon) because I'm scatterbrained and will lose tools or forget where I put them if I don't. I drive my wife crazy because I'm always griping about her leaving tools out and I always get the "but I'm going to use it again tomorrow".. Everything has a place so I know just where to find it.


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Re: Is your tool chest/tool area well organized? [Re: ZZman] #5081113
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My tools and implements are in separate piles and other containers which I have all mapped out in my brain.

Disorganized, messy, haphazard? Sure, to anyone but me. But if you ask me where the 3/8" drill attachments for making holes in wood are, I can tell you they are in the plastic container without a lid on the floor in front the electrical stuff pile and under the Charger trunk interior liner.

So it's organized enough for me, I'll put it that way...


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