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Forum topic by Tim Dahn posted 12-06-2009 01:44 PM 1352 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tim Dahn

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12-06-2009 01:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: design jig question

Ok so after reading Jim Bertelson’s blog Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics…....... #9: Yankee Push Drill, http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/12253#comment-513505/

Jim posted some pictures of his workshop tote, the idea of something to hold my chisels has been floating around in my head for some time and this has my creative wheels turning.

My first design question is not really a design question but info to help design.

What hand tools seem to find there way to and then get left on your workbench when doing a wood project? If I can make a list of hand tools that get used often then I can design a better workshop tote.

I will start this: chisels, screw drivers

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.


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#1 posted 12-06-2009 02:03 PM

tape
square
compass
straight edge
pencils

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 02:09 PM

Good ones patron, pencils…...several!

small block plane

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 02:20 PM

razor knife
paternmakers rasp
tramel points
close quarter offset screw driver ( ratchet type )
52”wide belt sander
needle nose pliers
small vice grips

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 02:30 PM

52” Belt sander, that is going to add a little to the design, must be a heck of a bench you have.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 12-06-2009 02:51 PM

thats the new wish list item ,
people have been asking me for years what i want for christmas ,
it was always a unisaw ,
but i bought one for myself 10 years ago ,
so now it’s the sander ,
just waiting for the portable /battery model ,
as i don’t have 3 phase !
my daughter still sends me stuff from second hand stores ,
usually by july .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 12-06-2009 04:19 PM

dial calipers
tack hammer
needle files
punches
scrapers
...
great posting … if you make one … I will tool

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 12-06-2009 04:23 PM

Drill,
drill bits
spade bits

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 12-06-2009 06:20 PM

Ok Timbo. What I will do is a blog on my tote. It is designed to carry tools out of the workshop, but I actually have it right next to where I am working on any project because it has so many things I use all the time. Anytime I do anything electrial in the house, it goes with me, and I guess for all plumbing stuff etc. I also have two tool boxes, one my son built over 20 years ago as shop project in high school, the other I built to carry much bigger stuff. Works well for working on fences, motor homes, etc. Most commonly, when going outside to do something, I take the tote, and one of the tool boxes with appropriate cordless tools, hammer, etc. I’ll copy this post and make it part of my blog. I will clean up the tote a little to make it more visible.

And here I was just going to sit, drink my coffee, and finish Debbie’s emag (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 12-06-2009 06:21 PM

Usually anything that I don’t have a spot for on the pegboard – usually stored somewhere else. Pegboard items normally get hung up immediately after use.

I will be designing a tool tray into my big workbench for this reason. I’m always moving these tools on my current bench:

- digital calipers
- smaller clamps
- random drill bits and fasteners
- block plane
- marking tools
- tape measures and rulers

I haven’t built a drawer yet to store my measuring tools, which is why they are always on my bench.

Incidently, I hate my 25 ft. tape measure – too big – it pulls my pants down when I hang it off my belt and it i’d awkward in my hand when measuring typical shop stock. Even so, it’s always on my benchtop because it’s a good quality tool. A good 12 or 16 in. tape might be a great stocking stuffer for me…I hope Santa is reading this!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#10 posted 12-06-2009 07:16 PM

Thanks everyone, good list going. Run with it Jim, should we expect it by noon your time?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 09:36 PM

Yup….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 12-06-2009 11:13 PM

The tool tote blog entery is posted, here: Tool Tote blog

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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