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rockrat
08-18-2005, 06:46 PM
I bought one of these the other day.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/photos/36900-36999/36979.gif

It is a drawer insert to organize wrenches. $10.00 at HF.

Man I love it. I know when I have left a wrench in the engine compartment or on the mower deck. And it was cool because I could easily fill the organizer.

But....
It does not have an area for a set of crows foot wrenches. I was thinking about using a square chunk of aluminum and notch it on each side so that the wrenches would straddle the block and stay in order. Seems like a bit of work, but thats the plan.

Now, before I start, I thought that someone might have an easier idea. Does any one have a organizer idea for crows foot wrenches? I'm not real big on the socket strip concept, you know, the strip of metal with little spring steel clips that hold sockets.
Thanks rock-

[This message has been edited by rockrat (edited 08-18-2005).]

Smokedaddy
08-18-2005, 06:57 PM
Just a thought, you can use UHMW too.

-SD:

pgmrdan
08-18-2005, 07:02 PM
When I bought my Kobalt tool tower I got one of those from Northern Tool. I also got one for sockets, ratchets, breaker bars, and extensions.

It's great to be organized!

CCWKen
08-18-2005, 07:16 PM
Gosh! I don't even own a set of Crow's Foot wrenches. What do you use them for? The organizers are great until you start building up your tool sets. Then, they take up too much room.

It's all those special and one-time tools that are hard to store. I've got a couple of drawers full of just those. Then there's those ratchet wrenches that don't fit the organizers. The list goes on and on. In a couple of years, you'll have that in a garage sale for 25 cents.

It should work just dandy for now. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

IOWOLF
08-18-2005, 07:36 PM
A coat hanger bent in a loop with a hook in the end,and a loop eye in the other. Slip the C/F on the wire.

snowman
08-18-2005, 07:44 PM
crows foot are one of those wrenches that get used once or twice a year, but when you need them, you need them. Can't get a socket over it, could get a wrench around it, but even short span wont fit with room to turn it...so you use crows foot...with an extension or something.

dont miss mechanic work

-Jacob

CCWKen
08-18-2005, 10:17 PM
Jacob, That was a tongue in cheek question. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif
I've been doing automotive work for the past 40+ years (either as a professional or as a hobby) and never found the need to own crow's feet wrenches.

I've got one heck of a collection of torch-bent wrenches though. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

snowman
08-18-2005, 10:27 PM
yah, rereading it i see that.

not sleeping does not = good brain power

planning a wedding sucks

rockrat
08-19-2005, 11:19 AM
As for the use of the Crowsfoot wrenches, I have twice needed to torque a bolt that I just could not get a socket on. Also, it seems that the gents whom design hydraulics always get fittings that can be assembled when there is nothing around them, but if you have to work on the thing assembled, tough luck without the CF.

Organizers, well I like them for the fact that I know if I'm missing a tool that I have different sizes of. Sockets and wrenches are all I want to keep track of. As for the other stuff, I'm not to worried. I can normally tell that something is missing.

I have a chunk of aluminum for the CF wrenches, just need to do the work. Might ues the Van Norman for this. Might be a nice first real project for the machine.

rock-

C9
08-19-2005, 02:05 PM
Tuna cans make nice organizers.
I keep my 3/8 drive Crows Foot wrenches in them. (Up to 1" and the usual smaller ones all fit.)

I use tuna cans as well for 3/8 drive allen sockets, regular 3/8 drive sockets, 1/4" drive sockets.

Got a whole rollaway style shallow drawer full of tuna cans.

Nice part is, you can take the whole can full of sockets to the job.

If you have a couple extra sockets, 13/16, two each of 1/2 and 9/16 as well as the usual others from 3/8 & up, the tuna can will be full and it's easy to see if you're missing a socket.

rockrat
08-19-2005, 04:23 PM
Did this today. Just some spare aluminum sitting around. Now I'm happy.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/temp/cfwrenchsm.jpg

I have been told that I have been suggested for an award from the anal-retentive association.

chief
08-19-2005, 07:36 PM
I put mine on a socket rail. I like tool organizers, I can quick see if I need to tell
friends to empty their pockets when they visit.

rockrat
08-19-2005, 09:36 PM
Nice friends. Sounds like the kind that would kick ya while you were down.

3 Phase Lightbulb
08-19-2005, 09:49 PM
I place one wrench size in each drawer http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif Actually I have metric and standard in seperate drawers but I do find I waste a lot of time searching for the right size wrench. I should get some wrench organizers too.

http://www.bbssystem.com/buggy/chests.jpg