Storage of power tools

I have some well used power tools - drills, sanders, jigsaws etc whose original boxes have long since rotted, so I just keep them on my bench. My new years resolution is to keep my workshop tidy (tidier ?), so I'm after suggestions for their storage. What do other people do....... make containers for them, put them on brackets on the wall? All suggestions gratefully received. Peter
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On Tue, 30 Dec 2003 08:23:06 +0000 (UTC), Peter Bull

Large pull out drawers on slides under the wall benches. I make slot together inserts out of ply for them, each taking a tool. .andy
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Andy Hall wrote:

I bpuld some racking from rapid racking, and since my attic now boasts a ladder and lighting, up went teh racks, and so did the power tools.
They are not in daily use. I tend to grab the ones I need for a specific job, and then do the big clearup of mess and tools.
I don't have a workshop as such except for toy planes...

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If you are prepared to spend a small amount of money, wait some months and have an Aldi near you. Then when they have their next offer of wooden chests containing 6 drawers (at about 18? each), buy 3 or 4. The small drawers are about 12"w x 14"d x 3"h and are all wood construction. By not installing the drawer bases and adding some corner posts, a variety of depths can be achieved. These units are castored and are IME just the right height to go under a workbench, or can be arranged in a workshop in a variety of manners. They are strong enough to stack if this is required. Be prepared to join the queue early on the morning that they are offered, because in my local shop, they sell out in about 5-30 minutes!! BTW Keep the units away from your wife's sight, or you will likely lose them for one of her requirements!! (Voice of experience!) Regards Capitol
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Peter Bull wrote:

I got plastic storage boxes(with handles and extra storage) from a local shed. I use one each per tool, buy them (or something similar) when I buy the tool so do not notice (so much) the expense. Obviously you don't have to purchase the box and the tool from the same "place".
Or you could try this :-
http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro.jsp?ts 526&id905
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They have some rather nice Stanley ones in Homebase at the moment for £2.99
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Peter
Hopefully this is something like you are after. I have made a double shelved version of this and it works really well. (I have no link to the company - I just did a Google search after I couldn't remember where I had originally seen the idea, plus the plans on the site are free (if not overly detailed)).
http://emporiumindonesia.com/index.html?Woodworking-Project-Plans/Power-Tools-Storage.htm~mainFrame
Below is the text from the site: A portable power tools storage shelves plan from Emporium Indonesia Furniture. Store your power tools with this simple do it yourself shelves plan. As well as allowing for storage for the tools, this simple shelves system will keep the power cords of your tools from getting tangled up. The compartments of the shelves are formed by a number of dividers that fit between the top shelf and back panel of the power tools shelves. Each power cord fits in a separate compartment directly below the tools. The location of the dividers is determined by the amount of space your tools require.
1. Cut a scrap panel of MDF or timber for the top, a sheet of ply for the back and short pieces of timber for dividers. The length of the shelf and number of dividers will depend on how many power tools you wish to store.
2. Nail the shelf and divider assembly together. Glue can be used for added strength if desired. Nail on the ply back panel.
3. For any of the power tools with trimming blades, etc., cut out a slot for each in the top of the shelf to allow for this. The power tools will then rest flat on top of the shelf.
4. A jigsaw blade, for example, will sit in the hole made by using a spade bit. Circular saws will rest with the blade guard in the closed position. Form a slot to accommodate this by drilling out two spade bit holes, marked out at either end of the intended slot and completing cutting out using a jigsaw.
5. Your power tools can now be placed on top of the shelf, while the cords to each of the tools can be coiled up and left underneath. In this example, the shelf unit accommodates 6 power tools.
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On Tue, 30 Dec 2003 08:23:06 +0000 (UTC), Peter Bull

Metal boxes. Ammo boxes if they're the right size, or Screwfix's red metal ones.
I also have lots of my power tools in the "wrong" maker's box. Particularly for things like angle grinders with lots of spare disks to carry, I find myself moving them all along by one to get a box that's of usable size. -- Klein bottle for rent. Apply within.
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I keep my workshop spotless by storing all my power tools under the kitchen table whilst I have a job in house in progress...so for the last 4 years :-) Ant.
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In no particular order:
cardboard boxes, stacked. - free, can be wallpapered plastic boxes, stacked - dont last well dexion shelving - looks industrial hooks on walls - very space inefficient cheap used chipboard drawer units under the bed lying about the house van or car - not really recommended, popular option though nice wardrobe fited out with hooks and trays wooden diy shelving units - fit any space, cheap and easy outdoor tool store or shed - too much stuff gets damaged by damp loft - inconvenient
etc
Regards, NT
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On Tue, 30 Dec 2003 08:23:06 +0000 (UTC), Peter Bull

I mostly use the plastic cases the things came in, when the plastic "hinges" and "catches" snap off I pop rivet proper replacements on. Such cases are often discarded by others and can be used when repaired for kit which came in a cardboard box. Another method is to take the original cardboard box and cover it in Gaffa tape.
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My dad has made a nice angled shelf with recesses/holes cut out to suit specific tools, and a slot for plug and cord storage. It is designed to receive the tool naturally as you would hold it when reaching to pick it up or put it back. It works a treat but is just too organised for me. He can also see when anyone has 'borrowed' one of them
For me, corded tools have their own cases, cordless get thrown into one of those big Stanley wheeled toolboxes. This is because I manly use them away from the workbench. If I was workbench based, then they would be to hung on the wall or something. I also have a empty wheeled case to throw all the tools I need for a specific job into for easy transportation
I have my 'Thunderbird 2' concept where all tools for any particular job are stored in large green boxes, and these carousel at the touch of a button. I don't know if it will ever work though!
dg

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Some of mine live in an old 2 drawer filing cabinet, the rest live in cases on shelves above
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I store mine in large plastic tool boxes that the sheds sell. They are kept as a collective function. i.e.
'Drill and fill' contains all that I need to drill any hole and fill it with any screw. Including a range of screws.
'Cutting', has both a circular saw and jig saw, as well as replacement blades. Along side of this, are my selection of chisels. I must remember to put a sharpening stone in this one though.
'Smoothing' has all my requirements to finish the surface of what I am working on. e.g. sander, planes, sandpaper etc.
Works quite well for me, as I can pick up the box for drill and fill, knowing I have all I need to hang something on the wall.
HTH
Dave
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davenpat wrote:

"That the sheds sell" ????????
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davenpat wrote:

Me too.

Now that is a very good idea. Currently I just put stuff in one toolbox, and when it fills up, buy another one and so on...
I have just stolen your idea :o)
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lost the thread as to who said this ...

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I do something similar but the "measuring and marking" is a pain - it's probably one of the biggest boxes [1] and a pain to cart around if I only really needed one square and tape measure and a scribe ...
Still - everthing in its place ...
[1] and there's not even room left for the 20 quid rotating laser level and tripod. Barley Twist (Please put out the cats to reply direct)
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It was me, Dave :-)

Can you expand on that please? I can't imagine how you could fill a tool box with that equipment, or have I missed something?

Yer's, but keep it in it's original case. You know it makes sense ;-)
Dave
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wrote:

Must be the theodolite that does it! :-)
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