Tool storage and organization

Low&Slow

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#21
Kind of a slow last couple of weeks at work. The only aircraft work I did was replace a LH outboard windshield on a UH-60L, replace a LH upper window ("greenhouse window") on a UH-60M, and fabricate some shims so I could adjust a cargo door latch for a HH-60M.
So, I had some time to make a few things to improve my toolbox...

Small box for my microstop and an insert for the threaded piloted countersinks:
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I can take the threaded piloted countersinks out for convenience if I want to. The two cut-off threaded drill bits on the end are just plugging the extra holes. They will get removed if I get more piloted countersinks. I have a row of standard 1/2" and a row of sliim 3/8".
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Small box for the small diamond files:
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The pockets each have a small piece of foam to firmly hold the file handles:
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Unibit rack:
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The 10-32 screws are threaded into the top plate, and the screw heads serve as feet. I cut 3/8" tubing down to 0.5" pieces to use as spacers. There are holes in both pieces (top and bottom) for the Unibit shanks:
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Rack for my countersink bits:
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It's very similar to my Unibit rack design, but I had to add a bottom plate because some of the countersinks had longer shanks:
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Low&Slow

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#22
I also decided to store my drill bits vertically to minimize their footprint, so I found some tooling tubes, labeled them, and made a little rack:
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Plata

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#24
You’ve got some handy creations there. It’s great to have access to the right fabrication tools and the time and space to use them.

Do you ever get up to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson? There’s a guy near JBER who is similarly inclined: you’d enjoy seeing the ingenious tools he comes up with to solve specific aircraft fab/repair tasks.
 

Low&Slow

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#26
Thanks everybody. Glad you appreciate them. :)
I'm sure there will be more.
Here's a link to a JC thread I made a couple of years ago for Cleco storage:
Cleco storage ideas

@Plata I'm in Michigan and haven't been to JBER yet. I was planning on taking a stack of resumes and going on vacation to AK in 2020, but it's beginning to look like I might be "unavailable" that year, so I'm trying to figure out if I can afford to move my AK trip up to 2019, or if I should just wait until I get back in 2021.
 
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Plata

Well-Known Member
#27
Thanks everybody. Glad you appreciate them. :)
I'm sure there will be more.
Here's a link to a JC thread I made a couple of years ago for Cleco storage:
Cleco storage ideas

@Plata I'm in Michigan and haven't been to JBER yet. I was planning on taking a stack of resumes and going on vacation to AK in 2020, but it's beginning to look like I might be "unavailable" that year, so I'm trying to figure out if I can afford to move my AK trip up to 2019, or if I should just wait until I get back in 2021.
In AK good wrenches are in big demand, both in the bush and in ANC, FAI, and Southeast. Sheet metal guys, particularly really good ones, can always find work in the rebuild shops. You can get to AK for cheap in the shoulder seasons (April-May and Sept-Oct), but airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars get mighty spendy in the summer. Move your trip to 2019 so you can gage whether or not it’s for you. Then when you come back in 2021 you’ll have a clearer picture of what you want to do. Oh, by the way, AK is awesome.
 
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