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Forum topic by todd4390 posted 11-15-2014 10:36 PM 1077 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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todd4390

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11-15-2014 10:36 PM

So you go out and buy a new orbital sander and it comes with a bunch of accessories and tools or you buy a micro jig splitter and it comes with all these extra parts. Or you buy a clamp and it comes with additional hardware to use for different scenarios. All this miscellaneous stuff that belongs to a particular tool, jig or something else and I’m wondering how to store it and keep it organized where I can easily find it on that rare occasion that I need it and it’s not just thrown in a corner somewhere to add to the clutter. What do you all do with this stuff?


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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 11-15-2014 11:48 PM

I just usually lose those items!!!

Actually, a ziploc bag & a sharpie can be very useful.

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

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ElChe

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#2 posted 11-16-2014 12:59 AM

If small pieces I put them in those plastic bin storage boxes with some anal retentive labels. For small tools with small accessories I make storage boxes with cigar boxes. Like my dowel cutter and all its bushings and my akeda router jig fingers etc.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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BorkBob

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#3 posted 11-16-2014 02:30 AM

I use empty peanut butter jars for a lot of this stuff. The bigger stuff goes into the corner. You talk like there’s something wrong with that.

-- Please Pray for Our Troops / Semper Fi / Bob Ross / www.theborkstore.com

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#4 posted 11-16-2014 02:50 AM

I use a large storage bin marked accessories. If it came with a box then they stay in the box. If it is some chintzy part I will never use it goes in the garbage.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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muleskinner

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#5 posted 11-16-2014 03:57 AM

I have a wooden box I built many years ago. About 20 X 10 and 10 deep. It’s pretty crude construction and standard pine from HomeDepot. Not really good for much. I keep it on a shelf under my assembly table. Any extra gee gaws that come with portable tools like you describe go in there and are forgotten.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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mudflap4869

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#6 posted 11-16-2014 04:55 AM

A drawer in a file cabinet marked Misc. It is full and I can’t ever find a damned thing in it that I can recognize. But Hey, that pretty well goes for all four 5’ tall file cabinets.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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todd4390

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#7 posted 11-16-2014 01:45 PM

Looks like everyone does pretty much the same thing I do so guess I don’t feel so bad. Still hoping someone has a good neat, organized and out of the way method that they can share. I was thinking of some type of small plastic containers inside a cabinet drawer where I can find the items immediately when I need them similar to Tom’s method.

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#8 posted 11-16-2014 02:20 PM

I use dollar store shoe box containers for specific items like the handle, guards, and wrench for an angle Grinder. They’re clear so labeling is optional and stack so you can fit a lot on a shelf. If it’s something small like bolts, nuts, screws, Allen keys,... I’ll fold that into my hardware collection. If it’s something bigger I’ll throw it into a box with other “accessories” or on the shelf.

Don’t forget the trusty old trash can as well.

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lndfilwiz

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#9 posted 11-16-2014 04:38 PM

I usually buy a cheap latching tool box I affix to the machine and keep all the parts and pieces in. I have a tool box on my portable table saw the when closed, I can move the saw with out losing parts. I have a small tool box under my drill press that i keep the key and bolts for the vice in so I can find it readily. I have done the same for my planer and joiner. The expense for the box more than compensates me for the time I would be spent looking of the items.

-- Smile, it makes people wander what you are up to.

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fuigb

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#10 posted 11-16-2014 05:19 PM

Small plastic bottles andjars saved from the medicine cabinet, the kitchen, and anywhere else. Bottles that held heartburn tablets or jars that stored bullion cubes work fine. For somewhat larger items a plastic jar or shaker does the trick. Label everything conspicuously. Boxes that cell phones work great too because they stack.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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timbertailor

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#11 posted 11-16-2014 11:52 PM

I bought several of these portable storage cases. All size compartments and you can remove others to make room for longer parts.

Router parts, jigs, fixtures, table saw splitters, 1/4”-20 T bolts, etc.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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hoosier0311

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#12 posted 11-16-2014 11:58 PM

The tool comes out, goes into useage then to the shelf where these things go. The extra stuff goes in the box and gets shoved up in the attic area of the shop. I have no idea what all is up there.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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hoosier0311

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#13 posted 11-16-2014 11:58 PM

The tool comes out, goes into useage then to the shelf where these things go. The extra stuff goes in the box and gets shoved up in the attic area of the shop. I have no idea what all is up there.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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todd4390

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#14 posted 11-16-2014 11:58 PM

Those are exactly what I was thinking of using Brad. I have a few of them now that I use for screws and other hardware. They may be the winner for me.

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timbertailor

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#15 posted 11-17-2014 12:07 AM



Those are exactly what I was thinking of using Brad. I have a few of them now that I use for screws and other hardware. They may be the winner for me.

- todd4390

Check out the shelves I made to hold them at eye level.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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