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  • Useless Jigs, Storage etc You Have Made

    I use my cordless Impact Driver 2 to 1 over my Cordless Drill, but I use those two together way more than all of my other tools. I have several tote-able tool boxes - one for electrical with electrical stuff and tools specific to electrical; I have a totable tool box for general mechanical (wrenches & etc). Since I use the Impact Driver and Cordless Drill the most, I decided to make a tool box to hold them to keep them from moving around, and a tad bit of space for drill bits, rule and hex shaft small impact sockets plus varies driver bits.

    Well, it went together well, but it is too large and heavy. Most of my tool boxes are heavy canvas or strong plastic of some kind.

    The box below weighs twice my other tool box totes, plus I made it too long and not wide enough. Should be 3 to 4 inches shorter and 3 inches wider to be effective for the way I use things. This one "could" work if it wasn't so heavy with everything in it. Half inch bottom, ends; 3/4 center span; 5/16 sides.

    I used it on 3 projects and then started using my older Husky Tool Tote again. (I really need one size larger the tool tote.)

    CARE TO tell or show us some of your failed or inconvenient jigs, storages etc?

    Useless for the way I use it:

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    Hank Lee

    Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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    I don't have a photo of it, but my biggest failure was my first plywood rack that once loaded collapsed the the casters it was on and eventually had to be dsassembled.

    I wouldn't necessarily call the toolbox below a failure as it was used as a tool chest by my grandpa for about 50 years before it was retired. The bottom of one of the inside tray says "Made at Haddorf Piano Co March 4 1922 by Gust Lager and G Hallberg" Grandpa was George Hallberg.

    Grandpa's Oak Toolbox
    Sometime in the 70's my mom hit it with the car when it was at the front of the garage.

    Toolbox Signature
    Chr's
    __________
    An ethical man knows the right thing to do.
    A moral man does it.

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    • #3
      Hmm, my boxes and jigs are usually built after going way too long without them, so they are pretty much always right. The failing is in dealing with the problem for too long before solving it. The bright side is by then I know exactly what I want. I've also migrated through various iterations of solutions, but usually it was just "this is good, let's make a great version." Like my small rolling tool, part, and in-progress cart. I started with one of the cheap metal carts with three shelves and hangers on the side. That was extremely useful. Then I built my "ultimate perfect" solution based on actualy usage.

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      • #4
        Back in the late '90s, when NiCad batteries were the thing, I had a bunch of them because I was always running out of charge on a work site. My usual jig, or fixture is made from stuff lying around the shop that most folks would consider throwaways. Anyway, I came up with a battery tote that held six packs and had two chargers with a bit/blade/fuse drawer. It started out as plastic tote that was just too small for any sort of task. Initially, it was quite usefull. Then LiOn batteries came along with their dual chemistry chargers. Yep, none of the new stuff fit in the tote, so it now sits in the shop with the other stuff that most folks would throw out
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        Jim Frye
        The Nut in the Cellar.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jim Frye View Post
          Back in the late '90s, when NiCad batteries were the thing, I had a bunch of them because I was always running out of charge on a work site. My usual jig, or fixture is made from stuff lying around the shop that most folks would consider throwaways. Anyway, I came up with a battery tote that held six packs and had two chargers with a bit/blade/fuse drawer. It started out as plastic tote that was just too small for any sort of task. Initially, it was quite usefull. Then LiOn batteries came along with their dual chemistry chargers. Yep, none of the new stuff fit in the tote, so it now sits in the shop with the other stuff that most folks would throw out.
          Things like that remind me of oil can spouts!
          Hank Lee

          Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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          • #6
            I found the ideal tool tote for me: Husky 15 in tool tote. I can find it on HD's web site but they don't have any. I found it on eBay an ordered one.
            https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-15...AN18/307751251

            Just right for my cordless impact driver and cordless drill. I need to add a couple of jigs inside to keep them in position. Has room for another battery, small drill bit pack, a pack of insert driver bits, nut driver. Just right for those things. As I mentioned, I use my cordless impact driver and cordless drill more than all other tools put together.

            The weight is about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs lighter than my wood one above and 3 inches shorter.
            Hank Lee

            Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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