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cbm
Does anyone have a good recommendation for some sort of tool caddy to hold hand tools on a workbench?

I'm currently using a plastic storage bin, but I'm always rooting around to find things. I've seen tool caddies that hold a bunch of tools in a vaguely organized manner, but I can't seem to find one on line.
wetterberg
wall-mount it all. Your local hardware store should have at least one or two solutions for that, and I find wall-mounting to be the best way to provide access.

Andreas (who ran out of wall ages ago, unfortunately)
cbm
If I didn't have a scope, DMM, etc. as well as parts drawers taking up the wall, that might work, at least for the tools that would hang well on a wall.
Randaleem
cbm wrote:
Does anyone have a good recommendation for some sort of tool caddy to hold hand tools on a workbench?

I've seen tool caddies that hold a bunch of tools in a vaguely organized manner, but I can't seem to find one on line.

Hi Chris,

http://www.crawfordtool.com/ctk40.html

I carted one of these around from 79-83... (It's actually still in the garage, most of its tools now live elsewhere.) But it did the job well. I've been thinking of re-populating it, as I've been working between my three shops 100 miles apart and the partsbins in bankers box thing just isn't getting it done!

FWIW, I just grabbed the first site from a search on copier technician toolkit. The panels for these things are available separately and from a number of sources. Pretty easy to DIY too. Briefcases at Goodwill are cheap...

Nowadays in the electronics shop my most used tools are hanging on the edge of a shelf (Or sitting on it!) over the electronics bench, or in 4x4x12 cardboard bins above it (all the specialised crimper pliers share a bin, for example. Oscope and rack mount test equip to right in old NASA huge rack.

Third type of holder/caddy I use is three boards screwed/glued letter "H" with holes and hooks. (Like the child's toy; hammer the peg. Flip. repeat.). The last type holder I use is simply a piece of 2x or 4x with holes drilled as needed for bits, drivers, etc.

When I was only at the one bench the combination of bin boxes, shelf edge and H and block did fine. Now I am again seriously thinking about revisiting my technician's briefcase...

You might also look at the textile workers kits. They're like the 5 gallon bucket cordura jobbies with pockets, but smaller. Veritas (LeeValley tools) might have something similar aimed at woodworkers. Woodenboat magazine's catalog has some items which might provide inspiration, if not answers?

I never really thought about it until now, but my smaller Kennedy machinist's toolbox and underdrawer would make a good electronics bench kit storage setup. Gerstner's make a nice wood version. FWIW, P/n on my small Kennedy box is 520 or 521?

<edit> This excelite page might have what you're looking for: Broken link removed. Try an excelite search?</edit>

Kind regards, Randal
wetterberg
cbm wrote:
If I didn't have a scope, DMM, etc. as well as parts drawers taking up the wall, that might work, at least for the tools that would hang well on a wall.
ah. then I can recommend about the same types of things that randal recommended:

http://uk.farnell.com/jsp/search/browse.jsp?N=8472+500006+1001165&No=2 5

- this one:
http://uk.farnell.com/gt-line/turtle-350-pel/tool-case/dp/7536470
- is the one that I eventually converted into my modular case :-D
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