Unique Spinning Storage Tower

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Project by Bricofleur posted 10-02-2010 04:45 AM 4062 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having saved pen caps for… a while, with the help of co-workers of course, I came up with this handy tower to store and keep some of my small tools close to my workbench. The centre tube stores dowels and story sticks to come.

As shown, it’s made out of a scrap piece of 4’’ PVC pipe, a sized wooden disk to fit in the PVC pipe, three 5’’ hose clamps, two MDF nicely shaped 10’’ disks, a lazy susan bearing hardware, 54 pen caps and few screws.

I must confess that I had so much fun filling it! And each time I walk by, I give it a turn, again just for fun.

I used pen caps, but anyone can use his/her imagination, right?



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 05:06 AM

Couldn’t sleep or what? It’s almost 11 pm your time.

This space-saving storage system is good for storing drill bits, too.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 05:16 AM

ChuckLJ’s too addictive !!!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#3 posted 10-02-2010 05:19 AM

Very cool! Now you will always know where your pencils are.

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 11:34 AM

You are the ultimate DIY man, I love your inventions.
I also love your remark ‘Having saved pen caps for… a while’, it would have taken me a life time, since I only use lead felt or ink pen. ;-)

You are a true Bricofleur!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 01:21 PM

Great idea. Organization in the workshop is always needed.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#6 posted 10-02-2010 11:40 PM


I enjoy your work, both the originality of the concept and your methods of work. I also enjoy the various things we “collect”!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 10-03-2010 01:56 AM

this is BRILLIANT.
My Mom just said that she had a drawer full of pens that she was going to empty.. I’ll have to stop her and have her give me all the caps.

again – brilliant!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 02:55 AM

Verrrrry cool.

I have a small bin that’s got a million different single hex wrenches in it. This would be an excellent way to serve them up !

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 11:01 PM

Always something unique coming from your shop Serge.
The wheels are always turning in your head!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#10 posted 10-04-2010 03:32 AM

Thank you all guys for your kind words. It is my pleasure for me to share my projects. I have so much fun & good feelings when I’m writing and thinking that my simple ideas could also please someone else out there.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#11 posted 12-05-2010 03:09 AM

Dude- no offense, but that is one huge waste of time and materials, isn’t it? Don’t you own any cups you could put your pens in? Anyway, i admire your desire to make something unique, so hope I didn’t offend you!

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#12 posted 12-05-2010 03:58 AM

so THAT’S where all my pen caps went…

Interesting use of materials here :P

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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