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Project by builtinbkyn posted 06-03-2017 10:33 PM 859 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This took longer to figure out what tools I wanted to have at my fingertips and laying them out on a small footprint, than it did to make – maybe 2hrs overall. Getting a snug fit for each tool was a key element so they stay in place while working on the bench. The only tools giving me a problem are the small story sticks. I’ll pick up some magnets and glue them inside the mortises to hold them down. There’s a screw on the bottom of each that should hold them fast to the magnets.

Material is bubinga and right now it’s unfinished. The bottom has some faux suede to keep it from sliding around. The darn thing is actually pretty heavy and should stay put where ever it’s placed.

Hope it inspires some ideas.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)





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#1 posted 06-03-2017 11:32 PM

Pretty slick Bill! Not bad for a yankee ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 06-03-2017 11:38 PM

Really great!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#3 posted 06-03-2017 11:40 PM

Hey I make biscuits and grits too :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#4 posted 06-03-2017 11:46 PM



Really great!

- Jerry


Thanks Jerry. Say I searched the net for Invisio-hinge and came up empty :( Is that your top secret, secret? Looks interesting.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#5 posted 06-04-2017 12:35 AM

That’s a really neat take on the tool caddy! Some of the tools are easy to tell, but others are not—what all do you have loaded in there?

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#6 posted 06-04-2017 01:04 AM



That s a really neat take on the tool caddy! Some of the tools are easy to tell, but others are not—what all do you have loaded in there?

- Dan Wolfgang


Thanks Dan. Two brass mallets, three engineer’s squares and a partridge in a pear tree ;)

Just kidding about the partridge. :) It actually fit quite a bit of kit on I think was something like a 3 1/2”x10” piece of bubinga.

2 mallets, 3 engineer’s squares, sliding bevel, 2 marking knives, magic marker, mechanical pencil, 2 story sticks (back row), 2 marking gauges, double/dovetail square, 2 Japanese awls and a 6” rule. There’s a little more space that can be utilized too. :) I have an old Stanley sliding rule I forgot to include.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#7 posted 06-04-2017 01:11 AM

Dan I actually favorited your tool caddy when you posted it. I liked it very much. Was actually thinking of making something like it, but today I was kind of goofing off. I saw the piece of bubinga sitting there and thought I’d see what would come of it.

I think the tools are stable – well except the taller story stick. That needs a magnet or something to keep it from wanking over. Pretty much everything else is tight and should stay put when I’m wailing on the bench a bit.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#8 posted 06-04-2017 04:43 AM

WoW I see some very nice things on this caddy Bill and a beautiful work bench beneath it !!!!
Gr8 work buddy !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#9 posted 06-04-2017 02:10 PM

This is nice and handy and very practical. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#10 posted 06-04-2017 03:29 PM

Thanks, Bill. In the case of both of ur caddies, what I most like about them is that they have a spot for each tool and that they are clearly unique designs that solve problems with the “standard” caddy design!

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#11 posted 06-04-2017 06:15 PM

Man I’m kind of embarrassed by the DT3. There are so many worthy projects here on LJs that deserve recognition beyond a single piece of wood with some cuts and holes, that get overlooked. Maybe my suggestion for site improvements would be to have at least two projects sections, one for real work and one for simple DIY projects.

I just finished up the tool swap items, so this was just something to help me keep track of things I’m usually groping for when I need them, and to pass some time while I contemplated a new project. Well thanks again and hope folks take a closer look at some projects in the “Silent Projects” section. Often there is some really beautiful work that goes without notice.

Here is a better pic of just what it took to make. Not more than a few cuts on the table saw, a few small mortises and a handful of drilled holes. I added two more tools that I reach for, but can never seem to locate when needed. The substance on the two holes for the marking knives is kneaded eraser. Helps keep them in their place. This does work as intended, if that matters :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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