Any Creative Ways to Store Measuring Instruments?

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Project by Brad posted 09-15-2008 08:18 AM 3616 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been trying to think of a creative way to store all my measuring instruments in one place in my workshop. So far this is what I’ve come up with. Nothing worse than having to break your groove to hunt for your straight edge.

-- Brad --

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Douglas Krueger

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#1 posted 09-15-2008 10:45 AM

Love the concept but I am tooooooooo lazy to put the tool back when finished. I consider the time spent looking for misplaced tools as the R&R portion of the project. It also reminds me to slow down and enjoy the hobby side of things.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 09-15-2008 01:44 PM

Hi Brad;

Since I use the tools you have pictured at different phases of the project, they are not stored together.

I keep them where they are close by as dictated by the use . Some hung on the wall, some in drawers, some mounted to the end of an assembly bench.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 09-15-2008 02:12 PM


I’m no machinist, so I may be underestimating the strength of it, but I would be wary of storing my starrett square on its blade, with the weight of the square itself leaning constantly in one direction. Seems like it might have the potential to bend slightly, or loosen the square’s binding pin. I have always been a fan of “holster-style” storage for these types of tools, which translates to have a bunch of slits that you simply drop the blades into.


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#4 posted 09-15-2008 03:10 PM

I have one drawer under my workbench dedicated to measuring and marking tools

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 09-15-2008 11:29 PM

Neat idea Brad.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 09-15-2008 11:31 PM

in my little basement workshop, I have a long bar magnet that I hang from the ceiling from two strings just above the height of my head. when i am in the middle of a project, I just reach up and stick the measuring tool, screw, hinge etc that I am using at the time and let it dangle so I don’t have to rumage around the work bench. If course if I were to clean off my bench top I wouldn’t need this, but it is a cool way to have things when you need them and temporarily out of the way.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#7 posted 09-16-2008 02:16 AM

Mine lay around on my benches, where I can grab them easily to use when I need them. They’re lazy. My tape measure and pencil, though, get together and run to the far end of the shop and hide. Anyone know what I mean? What do you do about those guys? bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#8 posted 09-16-2008 02:48 AM

I also have a dedicated drawer for ‘most” of my measuring devices…however , they can’t always find their way home ! LOL…I also have some measuring devices left at certain machines for immediate use …have a great day : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 09-16-2008 05:49 AM

used to just keep them wherever I used them last. I try to hang the carpenter square, and return the tape to the same place, but I recently (nearly) finished a long overdue shop cabinet, and i have dedicated custom holders (kinda like holsters actually, now that you mention it Ben) for them on one of the doors. Literally made out of a small piece of scrap wood (screwed right to the door) with a well placed kerf for the blade of the combination square (for example) to hang down from. easy, convenient and works great – and I know where it is!

as for your pencils running off bbqKing… All I can suggest is scattering pencils all over the shop (they’re territorial when large numbers are present, and try to keep their distance from each other.) If you have enough of them, then there’ll always be one within reach.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 09-16-2008 12:23 PM

Cool concept!

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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