Things that just happen, break. #2: Where do you store your 'dowels'?

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Blog entry by Kirk posted 07-24-2009 02:13 AM 1321 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been storing my dowels in a 6”x24” paper tube stored in a garbage can. The garbage can collect everything from electrical box plugs, batteries, scrap brass or copper, waterheater burner, bent nails.

The problem came to light when I knew I had a length of dowel but I couldn’t reach it. For a long time, I have thought about storing my dowels in a piece of gutter. So I built one, 5’ with ends. I haven’t put on a lid just yet, but that will come in time.

What has come to mind, where to place it? I would like to put on the wall, but you need to get close to see what is laying in the bottom corner. With benches around almost all walls there isn’t much room to look over the bench. I am think about some pull down method, where it sits flush with wall and when I need grab hold of it and pull down and close to me. A couple of linkages should make it work.

So how do you keep your dowel? I know about the people who store there in the ceiling joist of there basement workshop. I have though about a PVC tube with an opening near the bottom. Just looking of ideas. If your is good find some magazine to tell and you might win something. Just a thought.

W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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#1 posted 07-24-2009 04:18 AM

I have open floor joist above my shop, and I use 2’ lengths of 4” pvc screwed to them to keep my dowels in. When they get too short to be in the pipe, they usually just wind up on the back of the work bench.

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#2 posted 07-24-2009 04:21 AM

how about a pencil drawer type of under counter thing ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-24-2009 05:44 AM

I keep mine laying flat in a cardboard box up by the ceiling on top of my project wood storage. They seem to stay nice and straight, my shop is heated and has AC so humidity is not much of a problem..

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 02:26 PM

I had a tube from a carpet that was about 12’ long. I cut it up to different lengths, and screwed a bottom to them to store dowels, and smaller ripped pieces. You could bungee cord them together if you wanted, or just leave them free-standing.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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