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Project by SawdustTX posted 282 days ago 3063 views 11 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a pile of frequently used tools that reside pretty much permanently on my assembly bench. And I’m constantly having to move the “pile” around to make room for various assembly projects. So I looked around the shop for something to keep them all in, and found a little tote that one of my kids made at a kid’s project clinic at the big box store (about 15 years ago).

I cut a block of pine to fit, and drilled holes for my bits. Couldn’t leave well enough alone, and pretty soon I had holes, cutouts, and recesses for each tool in the tote. When I came back to it the next day, I decided to take it one step further and added a little pine pocket on the side for my folding rule.

Simple little solution, and a good memory thinking of my kids every time I reach for it.

Edit – after some comments about other tools, I’ve added a picture of my shop apron, and all the tools I keep in th apron. This tote is specifically the tools I keep on the assembly bench, to complement what’s in my apron.

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#1 posted 282 days ago

Ok, I won’t laugh….
Don’t see anything that justifies a laugh!!!
A quick upgrade to make shop time more efficient and enjoyable…
What’s funny about that??? ;^)

Enjoy the memories!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 282 days ago

I agree with Randy…that looks as handy as a pocket on a shirt….Nice Build

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 282 days ago

Laugh? How about steal?

Great little tote! Making plans on putting one of these together in the very near future.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#4 posted 282 days ago

Handy dandy… Nuttin funny bout that. Pretty smart, really. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 281 days ago

This is no laughing matter. I am going to pout because my kid never made me one of these. Guess I will go start one now. Thanks for showing.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#6 posted 281 days ago

You fool! you will never again know the joy of sliding a pile of tools back and forth the assembly table as you jockey position for your project.

Seriously though, this is a great idea. I cant tell you how many times my drill bits and pencils have rolled off the table because they don’t have a home.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#7 posted 281 days ago

I know the feeling of constantly moving the tools off the bench to work… Nice project.. Now you have a pile of tools and a box to move now… Just kidding, looks like a great solution.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 281 days ago

Whose laughing? I plan on building something similar for my wife and fill it full of the small tool set that she needs around the house. Nice work.

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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#9 posted 281 days ago

I’m laughing…all the way to the shop to build me one! Looks really handy.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#10 posted 281 days ago

One can NEVER be too organized. Great idea!


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#11 posted 281 days ago

Always nice to have those go-to items close and handy.
I agree with BENTWOOD….........................

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 281 days ago

We all think that is such a great idea. The only laughing I’m doing is at myself for not thinking of it before you. Those are all of the things that I’m digging around for under all the crap that collects on my bench. Also makes it easier to clean the bench when you can move all those things at once.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#13 posted 281 days ago

This project is no laughing matter—it is a great solution to several problems I’m having. Thanks for your outstanding solution! Oh, and by the way, hope you don’t mind if I copy this one.

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

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#14 posted 281 days ago

No Laughing Here!!!

Great little tool box!!!

Thanks for sharing!!


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#15 posted 281 days ago

Great idea and a great use for that little tote.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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