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Forum topic by DrSteve posted 02-14-2011 12:31 AM 1257 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2011 12:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: templates storage plans

How do you store your templates. When I have finished a project I am at a loss as to the most efficient way to store the template and the plans from the project so that I can repeat the project in the future should I wish. What does everyone do? I am tired of wondering where I put these things. Thanks for the suggestions.

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 12:48 AM

For the plans i use an old 3 ring binder .. punch the holes, slap a tab on em, and store away. As for the templates … they kick around the shop until they break or i lose them.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 12:57 AM

I put them in a box and the ones I neglect to label I’m wondering what on earth was I using that for.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 02:58 AM

Hang them from the ceiling joist

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 03:38 AM

Most of my templates go in the fireplace becuase the likely hood of finding the one I need is even less than the likelyhood of actually needing it again. The only ones I ever keep are the ones that would be particularly difficult to remake.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 04:30 PM

Patterns go into a filing cabinet and templates get a hole drilled and hung from a peg board.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 03:58 PM

Don- i like your frame of mind ”the likely hood of finding the one I need is even less than the likelyhood of actually needing it again”

so true :-)

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 04:18 PM

I usually hang them on the wall or put them in a drawer. The ones that have multiple pieces get tied together with a piece cord. Patterns are in a binder or drawer and then i did for a hour trying to find it.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 04:21 PM

Thanks. Guess I need to go find some loose leaf binders. I think that if I use a sharpie to label the templates it might make it that much easier for me to match things up too.

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