Workbench tool caddy

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Project by jasondain posted 01-01-2013 05:49 PM 6404 views 52 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like most of you, I spend a good bit of valuable shop time searching for stuff like pencils, tape measures and the like. I’ve tried the buying multiples route and all that has done is made me wonder how I can lose 5 tape measures in a 24×24 shop! I saw a picture online of a bench with one of these and thought i needed to make one.

I chose to use Walnut for the material as I had used it for the dog strip and gap stop and thought it would look nice. I used 1/2 inch stock to laminate together similar to how the gap stop is constructed. I had a piece of 8/4 that I resawed to make the stock to keep the grain consistent. The overall dimensions are 22” long by 4” wide by about 2 1/2 thick. The center gap section has a block at the bottom to allow short stuff not to fall through like rulers and pencils etc. I had the idea after the fact to mortise in some magnets along the strips to keep the chisels upright so I might still do that. It is attached to the bench with 4 1/4”x20 TPI stainless steel screws threaded into the benchtop. I used this technique lots during bench construction and really like it. It is finished with a few coats of a homemade oil and varnish blend I used for the bench.

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 06:01 PM

Great Caddy! I love the walnut it should last a good long time.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 06:37 PM

Great idea well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 07:19 PM

I love it!!
I’m gonna make one too!

-- Bas, Holland

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 07:22 PM

Great idea, I do the same thing losing pencils and tape measures all the time. This should help. Is the a square from Wade Garrett tools. I just bought a set of 4 from them I’m real happy with them.

What is the drum stick for? Got to know being an ex-drummer LOL
Happy New Yr…

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

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 08:29 PM

The drum stick is the back of a marking knife that a good friend of mine gave me from David Barron. It is a really great handmade tool and is useful for scribing lines etc.

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 11:48 PM

Great idea, nicely executed.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 01-02-2013 12:08 AM

Great idea.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#8 posted 01-02-2013 12:22 AM

I will have to built one.

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#9 posted 01-02-2013 01:10 AM

Practical and beautiful. Well done.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#10 posted 01-02-2013 03:21 AM

Sweet! This caddy puts mine to shame, I’m going to have to upgrade.

-- Chris, Long Island

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#11 posted 01-02-2013 03:39 AM

slick. nice job.

-- @mikehues on twitter

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#12 posted 01-02-2013 05:09 AM

Awesome man! I want one.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 01-02-2013 08:32 AM

Good design and solid construction. Pencils are the thing that I most often misplace. Finally got a gross of them and stationed them, in soup cans, at several strategic locations.


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#14 posted 01-02-2013 08:46 AM

I like it!!
The bench too.

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#15 posted 01-02-2013 03:30 PM

Very nice – you have inspired me to make one as well. the comment above about the drumstick – is that the handle for a knife or what? Also, I think I will consider to change the orientation of the square holder to be parallel to the bench, and not stick out 90 deg from the bench. I run into enough things in my shop already!

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