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Forum topic by Johnny Boy posted 09-05-2013 03:22 PM 1665 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Johnny Boy

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09-05-2013 03:22 PM

Hi gang,
I have a bunch of Hex keys in a storage box and I’m looking for a better way to get them sorted.
Usual 25c plastic storage or springs attached to a key ring does not work for me.

How do you store yours ?.
Thanks for sharing your tips.

-- Johnny Boy

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 04:14 PM

I think one could still buy empty drill index/cases?

Most of mine have a plastic holder.

Use a non-tanin type of wood (no to oak and the like) drill the right sizes for each key/wrench. Tannin wood will turn black ad oxidize the iron. Drill a block to hold the long arms of the allens. step things up or down to make taking the wrenches out easier. Could even angle the bottom of a square block of maple, about like a knife set holder. Make a second one in a different colour of wood to keep the SAE ones seperate from the Metric ones..(Walnut…..Maybe??)

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 06:27 PM

I put them in the storage bin, however, after i use the key and I know the size, I wrap a piece of painters tape around the shaft and write the size on it. You can use color coded tape to separate S.A.E from metric.

-- Paul, Central Illinois

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Johnny Boy

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 06:29 PM

Thanks, clever ideas !.

-- Johnny Boy

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 05:31 AM

I used a silver sharpie to mark my metric wrenches. I would like a better storage solution.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 10:10 AM

Go to a sign shop and get a piece of magnetic rubber used for “stick on” door signs on trucks etc.
Cut it to size, drill a hole and hang it, nail or screw it to something or glue 2 pieces back to back and put it on the door of your shop fridge( where you keep the beer).

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 11:36 AM

I use a magnet at each tool and stick the needed wrench for that particular machine right where I can get it at a moment’s notice. No need to ID it. If it’s there it’s the right one.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.

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#7 posted 09-06-2013 01:49 PM

I threw away all of my loose hex keys and bought these.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 02:00 PM

Drill some corresponding sized holes in a thin piece of wood to hold them and then either fasten the wood to the wall or make a standing holder.

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 02:11 PM

I toss them in box and forget about them.

Many years ago, I bought a set of Eklind fold-up hex key sets …

This set includes 9 English wrenches in a red holder, and 7 Metric wrenches in a blue holder.

These wrenches are heat-treated, alloy steel and have never failed me. They live in a drawer in a built-in workbench in the shop along with other commonly used tools (utility knife, scissors, diamond sharpeners, etc.).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 09-06-2013 02:28 PM

Buy new sets that come with plastic storage cases.

Before rushing off to Harbor Freight, USA made Bondus brand hex tools are very affordable…

Bondhus Hex Keys


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#11 posted 09-06-2013 02:58 PM

The ones I use at my “dayjob” are a set from Stanley. About$15 for the set of both, I think. Might be each, been a long time. Black plastic holder and a yellow one. Sizes up to 10mm/3/8”, with a ball end. Sits in the drawer of my rollaround toolbox until needed to work on injection molding machine stuff…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#12 posted 09-06-2013 04:00 PM

Before rushing off to Harbor Freight, USA made Bondus brand hex tools are very affordableā€¦

Do not, repeat NOT, buy hex keys from HF!

The last set I bought because I didn’t have any metric sizes. The first use I twisted up the key like the ornamental wrought iron banisters you see. They had not been hardened at all! I threw the entire set away.

Bondhus are incredible quality and come with a plastic holder that keeps mine hex keys organized (doesn’t anybody call these allen wrenches anymore?).

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#13 posted 09-06-2013 05:34 PM

I guess MMV (My Mileage Varied), because I get excellent service from my HF hex sets. I have both the metric and SAE set and have not had a problem with either. I do have Bondus fold up hex sets in my armoring toolbox which has seen a lot of heavy use. They are great.

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#14 posted 09-07-2013 02:54 AM

Years back I made an aluminum block about 1/2” wide with holes drilled through to hold the hex wrench. Easy enough to make one from wood, I’d use oak. I hope this helps.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#15 posted 09-07-2013 03:08 AM

Something like this.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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