Close
0%
0%

The OCD Tool Organization Project

Being an up & coming aviation mechanic, I wanted to prepare my toolbox for my transition into industry and shadowed every drawer.

Similar projects worth following
I am going into the aviation field where tool inventory is paramount and where many shops, if not most, requiring toolboxes to be shadowed to allow for quick inventory of toolboxes and to insure that tools do not go missing.

I used Kaizen foam to shadow all of my drawers. It was a very easy product to work with and I shadowed the entire box in less than a day.

I am going into the aviation field where tool inventory is paramount and where many shops, if not most, requiring toolboxes to be shadowed to allow for quick inventory of toolboxes and to insure that tools do not go missing.

I used Kaizen foam to shadow all of my drawers. It was a very easy product to work with and I shadowed the entire box in less than a day.

Socket drawer.

I still have to get a few sockets here and there to fill in the gaps before I start working in the field, but I am pretty happy with how it looks so far.

Ratchets, breaker bars, torque wrenches and nut drivers.

Wrench drawer.

Again, I still have to fill in my metric organizer but its still a work in progress.

Screwdriver drawer.

Plier drawer.

Layout & measuring tool drawer.

File drawer.

Allen key drawer.

Wrench drawer.

I am waiting for scholarship funds to come through and then I am hoping to add a set of Knipex pliers to this drawer.

Bit driver drawer.

Drill bit drawer.

Hammer drawer.

'Junk' drawer. This is my catch all drawer but I wanted to make sure that everything had its place and had extra foam so I decided to shadow this drawer.

Pick, punch and scraper drawer.

Labeler, toner, test probe and extra labels.

I know electrical tape is not approved for use in aviation, however, I like having a few rolls in my drawer for patching up battle scars and the red tape I use for labeling larger parts when I take them off.

Dremel, Mac snap ring plier set, Greenlee hydraulic hole punch set and Mac tap & die set.

Power tool drawer.

Milwaukee 28v sawzall, 1/2" impact and flashlight, 12v borescope, micrometer set and Weller variable temperature soldering iron.

Homemade powerbank with all of my power tools.


Overall, the foam was very easy to work with. I started by cutting all of the foam down to size on a table saw so that each piece could precisely fit each of my drawers. Once I cut it down, I set the foam on top of the toolbox and began taking all of the tools and setting them in the locations I want them in, then trace them out using a long nose sharpie and then cut the outlines out to the desired depth with a thin utility knife.

Once the outline was cut out, I just used my fingers to pry under one side of the layered foam and then work them along to pry up the section I wanted to remove.

After removing the foam in the shadow of the tool, I took a hot knife with a flat round end and used it to melt the bottoms of the cutout for a clean surface and then used them to melt in the finger grips.

I used a cotton towel to wipe off the melted plastic from the tip, mostly to keep the black plastic out of the white plastic of the foam.

I bought the Kaizen foam, long nose sharpie, kaizen utility knife and hot knife kit directly from Fastcap. I bought all of the materials I needed to do the project for a little over $200, which was definitely the cheapest and easiest to work with solution I was able to find.

I found FastCap's youtube channel to have a lot of great tips and tricks on how to go about working with Kaizen.

  • Getting back to getting the box organized

    BreeStephany02/09/2019 at 06:05 0 comments

    I wanted to give a bit of an update on the OCD tool organization project and update everyone on what I have done to my toolbox since first shadowing it. 

    As an airframe & powerplant mechanic by education, hobby auto mechanic and as an electrician by education and trade, I have come to learn the importance of keeping an well organized work environment, both for work efficiency and for safety and for taking care of my investment in tools. I shadowed my toolbox to allow for quick inventory of the toolbox and to insure that tools do not go missing. 

    Since first beginning the project and since moving out of education and into industry, I have transferred out a lot of my electrical focused tooling to use on my everyday job and have tailored my toolbox more toward the purely mechanical field. 

    Socket drawer 

    I still have to get a few sockets here and there to fill in the gaps before I start working in the field, but I am pretty happy with how it looks so far.

    Ratchets, breaker bars, speed wrenches, micro-wrenches and torque wrenches

    Wrench drawer 

    I picked up an 18mm ratcheting wrench right after taking this picture so I finally have a complete set of both SAE and metric wrenches. 

    Screwdriver drawer

    Pliers drawer

    Soldering iron, micrometers and prybars

    The prybars pictured are cheap harbor freight and after only using them a couple of times on smaller jobs I have determined that they definitely need to go and be upgraded with a nicer quality set that WONT BEND when you actually use them for their intended purpose. 

    My ultimate plan is to get a Sunex 8011 Screwdriver & Prybar Holder to add onto the side of the tool cart and get allow the bottom drawer to be used for storage of a digital torque wrench set, compression tester and vacuum tester when I eventually get them. 

    Junk drawer

    This is my catch all drawer but I wanted to make sure that everything had its place and had extra foam so I decided to shadow this drawer.

    Pick, punch and scraper drawer

    Magneto timing tools, test probe and a cheap OBDII reader

    Mac tap & die set, Mac snap ring pliers set, oil filter cutter & axle nut socket set

    Layout and measuring tools drawer

    File drawer

    Allen key drawer

    This drawer is pretty barren, especially since taking the majority of my t-handles and allen sockets out to use on electrical projects. I do plan on eventually filling this in with a set of SAE t-handles. 

    Wrench drawer

    Hammer & striking tool drawer 

    Future drill bit drawer 

    Bit driver drawer

    PPE drawer

    My homemade powerbank drawer for my power tools, chargers and batteries 

    Check out the complete project overview on Imgur, GarageJournal or here on Hackaday


    If you have any suggestions of tooling I should add or how to better organize the box, I would love to hear from you. 

View project log

Enjoy this project?

Share

Discussions

Øystein wrote 09/24/2019 at 08:44 point

What a beautifully done tool organization! Super neat charging station as well.

  Are you sure? yes | no

Similar Projects

Does this project spark your interest?

Become a member to follow this project and never miss any updates