|Project by tyvekboy||posted 02-16-2016 02:12 AM||1485 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
Feb 15, 2016
In an effort to organize and make using 2 sets of tools easier, I made these indexed boxes
NUMBERED DRILL INDEX
I had a numbered drill set that an uncle gave to me more than 50 years ago. The drill set was in a cardboard box. The bigger drills were in a stiff paper envelope. The tiny drills were in a paper holder as sewing pins are sold. I’m too old to see the numbers on the drill shanks without getting out a magnifier.
I finally decided it was time to make an index for the drill set.
The base is 1/2 inch balltic birch plywood. The drill holders are made from 1/2 inch thick plastic.
Each plastic arm pivots on a screw that is attached to the base.
This allows me to separate each arm to make grabbing a drill bit easy.
Numbers for the drills are printed on a self stick paper and attached to the top and front edge of each arm.
A wooden cover with it’s name burned on the front competes the Numbered Drill Index. It was finished with danish oil.
It’s a simple solution to a frustrating situation.
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STEEL STAMPING SET INDEX
A while back I got a steel stamp set from HF. It came in a plastic box with no dividers. You take one out and the rest fall over. You also had to look at the business end of the stamp to see what letter or number it would mark.
When I was building the Porch Swing each slat was drilled and attached with screws to the swing frame and then removed to be painted. I used the steel stamps to mark where each slat was to be placed after I painted all the pieces. I wanted to replace each slat in the exact same place and orientation so that the screw holes would match up.
Trying to keep track of the steel stamps was a nightmare so I decided to make this index.
Each row that holds the steel stamps tilts forward for easy access to each steel stamp and to know where to place each steel stamp. Each hole was marked with a wood burning tool to identify where each stamp goes.
Each row pivots on a pin made from a finishing nail that is permanently installed.
One side of the lower box is screwed on so that each holder could be place in the box.
The lid is hinged with a screw.
A piece of foam was placed in the front of the box to act as a spring to keep the holders upright.
When the lid is closed, the name of what’s in the box is burned into the front.
Using an engraver each steel stamp was identified to help orient the steel stamp when used.
TIP: The steel stamps were used to mark the names on the outside of the boxes. They were also used to mark the home for each steel stamp. Then the wood burner was used to burn inside each impression the steel stamps left on the wood. Keeps everything neat and even. The hard part is making sure the impressions are straight and spaced correctly. I used a piece of wood clamped to the wood being marked to serve as a guide to keep the letters straight.
Thanks for looking.
Comments and favorites appreciated. Questions welcomed.
-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized