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Old 04-30-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Question How Do You Tame Agitated Tools?

I have a nice Craftsman toot set in a tool box that has slide out drawers. The sockets and other tools are in the drawers. The drawers have a thin molded plastic liner with impressions for the tools to sit in.

Whenever the tool box is transported, the tools (sockets especially) become extremely active and wander all around the drawer. They switch places and just generally raise heck.

I have thought about placing a layer of very thing foam plastic sheeting on top of the tools in each drawer. However, I can foresee the sheets getting bunched up and making the drawers very difficult to open.

Before I embark on the project, please share your ideas and thoughts. I would especially like to hear of any working solutions you have found.

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Old 04-30-2011, 02:08 PM   #2
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I use Craftsman Socket Racks in the appropriate sizes (, ⅜, or inch drive). They are kind of long, though. I install all the sockets of each size on their own rack and then cut the rack to the length needed to hold all the sockets. I use the leftover lengths to create racks for specialty tools or extensions.

I have one toolbox where I pop-riveted pieces of these racks into the lid to hold sockets there.

These racks cut to length take up a lot less room in toolbox drawers than the molded plastic liners, too. Leaves more room for more tools.
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I've gone to thrift store aluminum bread pans, covered brownie & cake pans and candy-cookie lidded tins etc. for tool storage organized 'in kits' if I bother to keep them segregated at all.

I've tried the 'trees' and the everything-in-its-place pockets and they wear out or break or don't fit the drawer/cabinet w/o wasting space as new tools come in or priorities change...

I'll take a drawer tray randomly full of all wrenches or all sockets any day above trying to keep regular tools overly organized.

A mental photograph 'snap-shot' of a tool drawer 'first stir' keeps in mind every piece quicker & easier than the ritualized hourly polishings some mechanics perform on their 'twelve-piece sterling place settings' in my book...

The very best box drawer tray liner I've found is exercise treadmill fabric - spot a $10 thrift store treadmill and tear it down for the fabric, motor and wiring and toss the rest
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You need new axles and your running gear is totally out of balance.

Seriously, throw out the plastic and buy a few of the socket rail or socket racks. I have a least a dozen. You can set them up for drive size, metric, long sockets, six points, adapters, and its easy to pick up the set you need and take it with you.

And you can mix sizes and cut the racks to length.

Everything else, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, goes in a drawer loose.
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You need new axles and your running gear is totally out of balance.

Seriously, throw out the plastic and buy a few of the socket rail or socket racks. I have a least a dozen. You can set them up for drive size, metric, long sockets, six points, adapters, and its easy to pick up the set you need and take it with you.

And you can mix sizes and cut the racks to length.

Everything else, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, goes in a drawer loose.

That may be true, but I have weight distribution and sway control.

Everything does look so cool in its proper place, but I guess using the socket rails and everything else loose, will probably lessen my organizational anxiety.

Thanks for all the ideas.

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