Tool Organizer

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Project by EEngineer posted 09-28-2012 10:16 AM 5123 views 21 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been reorganizing my shop this summer. One of the goals was to organize my corded tools. All of them used to reside behind a door in the bottom of a cabinet. Disentangling cords to actually remove a tool and use it was painful.

I designed this cabinet to make all the tools easily accessible and organize the cords so they didn’t get tangled. You’ll notice 6 corded hand drills. Most of them I inherited over the years. I am particularly happy with the way they work in the organizer. Grab the handle, pull out the drill and then pull the cord from its cubby-hole.

Construction was simple: 3/4” plywood for the sides and shelves, dadoed, glued and nailed. The cord cubby-holes are all separated by 1/4” plywood, dadoed into the shelves and glued. I added a 1/2” plywood back in rabbets and screwed it directly to the open studs in my garage.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#1 posted 09-28-2012 01:19 PM

Great design, especially the cord storage. Hopefully my shop will have something similar in the next few weeks, Thanks.

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#2 posted 09-28-2012 02:45 PM

Great, that’s the kind of organizer I like! Soon I’ll come back with my own! Thanks for posting. By the way, is the left drill on the lower an old B&D? I’d say yes.



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#3 posted 09-28-2012 04:20 PM

like the cubbyholes design


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#4 posted 09-28-2012 06:46 PM

I’m going to have to do something like this for my garage. Nice and neat, and looks professional too.

-- "(...) The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull's-eye which confronts him(...)"

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#5 posted 09-28-2012 07:33 PM

Now, the shop is clean! Good one!

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#6 posted 09-28-2012 08:02 PM

Bricofleur -

Yep! That’s the one, noted particularly for the silly 1 foot cord it came with. I’ve been cleaning up the cabling on them all (note the 3rd drill from the left, an old Porter Cable, that cord is dangerous!) and the old B&D is going to get a good 6 or 8 foot cord!

steamfab -

Now, the shop is clean! Well, now, I wouldn’t go that far… but it is closer!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 08:21 PM

Nice organizer!

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