I have several files, about 15 of various types from small specialty
files to large ones about 14 inches.
Really don't like to put files where they rub against each other in
a random stack and where it is hard to find the file I need.
Has anyone found a good way to store files?
Appreciate any tips. Thanks, Bob-tx
That works great for small files, but the big ones tend to tip the whole
thing over unless you screw it down somewhere. For those, a couple
lengths of 2x2 with 45-degree kerfs cut in them, screwed to the wall,
work well. Like a giant version of a kitchen knife rack. And this lets
you leave the handles on the ones you use most, and pick the right one
at a glance.
The old shop has a couple of fill-in tubafor's between the wall studs
over the bench w/ holes in the top edge for file tangs.
There was another (well it's still there, but Dad let somebody get away
w/ the old wall mount handwheel cranked drill press and bits so there's
nothing in it :( ) w/ sized holes and a front peep hole for the bit
collection and yet another for miscellaneous such as the pencil, marking
chalk, awl, etc., etc., ...
I am not there to see your work area. But someone suggested a two by four
with holes, slip the tangs into the holes. How about think that a bit
larger. Take two or three two by four, and put them together, making a 6 x
4. Use your drill press to drill through two layers. Use speed bores of
whatever size works. Put the files in, business end down (handles up).
Got to be some way to store those. Of course, you could wrap them
individually in grease rags (mechanic shop rag) but that takes time.
What would be nice, is a big long magnet, you could put the magnet up high,
and stick all the files to the magnet. Just pull one down as you need to
One clever solution I've seen is to get a couple of large-ish springs,
stretch them out a little, and put the springs crossways in the drawer
or box where you store the files. The files fit into the loops of the
springs, which keep them from hitting each other.
Washing one\'s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the
powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
All my files have a pointy handle on the end. I took two 1' pieces of
2x8 left over from a project, sandwiched them together and drilled
1/4" holes in it. I put the pointy end of the files into the holes so
they stand vertically.
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