Measuring tool valet

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Project by Rentvent posted 05-01-2016 12:43 AM 2032 views 18 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picture #3 shows what part of my workbench looks like on every project Ive done. All of my measuring tools and pencils usually wind up in a pile taking up precious space. This pile usually grows and gets covered with sawdust too. Storing all these items on a pegboard is a waste of time because all of these tools eventually wind up back in the pile. The same for storing them in a drawer.

I couldn’t really find what I wanted to use as a pencil holder so I used a piece of bathroom sink drain PVC. I plugged the bottom end with the scrap of wood that from cutting the round hole on the top for the tube. I didn’t want to drill a bunch of holes for each pencil or pen. The six slots on top for squares and calipers are all the same size so no need for special arrangement. It has a french cleat and can be hung (Pic #5). I put the thin pegboard backing so nothing would get knocked off when hanging.

The top is pine, sides and bottom are plywood, and the back is mdf pegboard. I was aching to see what black dye would look like so I used some.

This is made out of scraps and is not my best work. It is version 1.0. I looked around here and couldn’t find anything like this, but I’m sure everyone has some sort of system for keeping these things close and handy. If anyone has suggestions for improvements or has anything like this, please post.

Next project is holders for those cordless drivers. I want something that will hold them with the bits still loaded.

Thanks !!

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#1 posted 05-01-2016 01:22 AM

Some good ideas there.


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#2 posted 05-01-2016 03:43 AM

Those are all great and we’ll worth copying!
Thank for sharing your work.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 05-01-2016 11:47 AM

What a great idea! Making one today!

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#4 posted 05-01-2016 11:55 AM

Very nice idea and work, might use the concept thanks

-- Pete in NC

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#5 posted 05-01-2016 02:17 PM

That’ll work, nice job. I made the NCIS tool holder that spins that help organize. Enjoy.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-01-2016 02:18 PM

This is a great organizer for the shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 05-01-2016 04:29 PM

Cool idea, rentvent. I could use something similar.

Many folks make a rack for the cordless drivers to slip into, that has “arms” that extend out, around the handle. If you want to keep bits in the driver when hanging, just turn it around so the bit points out – right?

Ken, can you help me figure out what the NCIS spinning tool holder is, please? My googling doesn’t seem able to figure it out. Thanks.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#8 posted 05-03-2016 04:15 PM

We’re all stealing this! Thank you for sharing your design, love it.

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