March 29, 2013 at 1:45 am #18784
I meant to say meter.March 29, 2013 at 7:22 am #18812RobProBirmingham, Alabama
Pardon me, but what is a meter?March 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm #18860
A meter is an instrument to measure voltage
Amps. It measures resistance, temperature and performs
Other functions as well
Dmm for short
Digital multimeterMarch 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm #18934
It keeps fools like me alive when playing with electricity 🙂
John SMarch 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm #18938
I was just wondering about shop-built boxes while browsing the responses. I like Pete’s idea
> Anyhow: I started years ago building boxes out of 3/8 ply scrap for my tools. All the same size 12w x 16t x 24long.
I think I’d also make some half-height for smaller / flatter items.
I have a few boxes I’ve made. My sandpaper storage is like this with nailed and glued scrap ply. I made oval hand holes in the ends. I think if I toted out in the weather or needed to stack, I might make some slip-over lids (like a shoe box or copier paper box)March 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm #18940
… I meant to add, I’ve also built a couple of Japanese Carpenters (transport) boxes that I’ve used on mission trips and when I taught classes offsite. Very elegant stuff. The lid slides and locks in place without any waste or hardware.
There’s a good thread on them here: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/30264March 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm #18941
I think wooden boxes are great for shop storage. Has anyone designed a box system for smaller screws and nuts?March 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm #18944
I’ve thought about making some wooden boxes for some of my power tools that don’t have good cases. A shop-made L-boxx of sorts.
I use these for small parts storage Brian.
danpattison.comApril 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm #19151
I like those kind of storage system for smaller nuts and screws, but I like the idea of integrating the storage into my tool storage with l-boxxes, although the price difference is really large
John SApril 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm #21244
I had a low cost, low tech idea for transporting power tool cases in groups to achieve a similar outcome to an L-boxx system. I had a collapsing bin kicking around the house so I thought I would give it a try with some of my existing power tool cases. It lets me carry them in larger groups which cuts down on the number of trips back and forth to the truck and where the bin can be collapsed it doesn’t take up much space when it’s not needed either on site or in the shop. Bins that have a little more depth to them would also be stackable. Not quite as good as an L-boxx system but until the day I upgrade it might just do the trick.
Attachments:April 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm #21259
Dan that is a really great cheap alternative. The tricky thing is finding bins for fitting all of the wide variety of cases… Some of mine are huge and others like my Kreg Jig case are tiny
John SApril 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm #21263jkirkModeratorhalifax, nova scotia
those collapsable boxes are great dan, though they dont hold up to much abuse. i use to use one for my groceries instead of using bags
heres a tip, dont fart in a space suitApril 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm #21283DaveG.Pro
Most stuff is organized on the backpack (hand tools, crimpers, small parts in mini plano tray.
7? large Snapware totes, neatly stacked, easy to see contents (lifetime warranty) holding all consumables organized by different topic:
White faceplates and boxes
Ivory faceplates and boxes
Network patch cables (1ft, 3ft, 5ft, 7ft, 14ft, 25ft, 50ft)
Phone related (cords and termination blocks)
CCTV / Access control
HDMI Cables (3ft, 15ft, 25ft, 30ft)
8-10 Plano trays organized for all small parts (screws, tapcons, lag bolts, cable fittings, adapters, jacks, anchors, expansion bolts, etc..)
Small Bosch bag holds other misc 12v tools that aren’t in backpack.
Attachments:April 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm #21314
Brian asked: I think wooden boxes are great for shop storage. Has anyone designed a box system for smaller screws and nuts?
After several other tries, I finally picked up some Harbor Freight storage boxes (Stanley makes a similar one available at big box stores) If you buy several (8, 15, and 20 bin versions), you can swap the internal boxes around. I keep nuts, bolts, screws, and other hardware sorted in them. They stack well, carry well, and I banged up a box that they slip into to keep them from sliding all over the place in the van.April 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm #21323
Bob, I have a few of those, but was looking for something with larger bins. Those are great for nuts and bolts, but fall short on larger objects.April 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm #21325DaveG.Pro
What kind of “larger objects”?April 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm #21329
wire nuts, staples, conduit fittings, small drill bit casesApril 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm #21335
That HF box is really great for small parts… especially when you can grab it for super dirt cheap
John SApril 13, 2013 at 6:09 am #21347
Jeff, you’re right, those collapsable bins don’t hold up to much abuse. If I’m going to use them they would probably need to be replaced periodically since they are pretty light duty. I might just use the one for now to hold some of my smaller cases such as nailers just to save a few trips back and forth.
This is one of the cases that I use to carry screws and parts with me. Canadian Tire has them on sale right now for $3.99 each and I’ve been using this one for a couple years. Keeps all my most used screws and fasteners right at my fingertips. I have a couple more of them for parts that I don’t use as often too.
Attachments:April 13, 2013 at 7:15 am #21358jkirkModeratorhalifax, nova scotia
right on dan, i picked up some of the containes that have individual bins for each fastener.. i should pick up some of those labels though.. maybe today ill be downtown right next to staples
heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit
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