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08-19-2006, 05:45 PM
I have filled my toolboxes with my measuring instuments. Most, if the cases are not to bulky, are stored in their original cases. I believe I can save a lot of space if I take some of them from their cases. This will give me room for more stuff. H ow do you store your mike's, indicators, calipers, gages ...?

08-19-2006, 06:33 PM
This is my solution. I don't have to make the mic's mobile so this works pretty well. Others here may have seen me preaching these surplus Stanley Vidmar cabinets in the past. I purchased 2 of these from an air force base that closed for $500 & $700 apiece. They are $3200 new and each drawer will hold 350 pounds!!! They are also lockable. They are one of the BEST investments I have. I have a very small workspace, 400 feet square and run my whole business from it. These are 2 of 4 drawers I have for metrology equipment. I store the original cases in a box in the rafters so I can get to them if I have to take a job on the road.

08-19-2006, 08:25 PM
Yankee, that's just too damn neat and organized. Is that a Lista cabinet? Been scanning around for 3 yrs.,,but the shipping was around $500.00 for the ones I want. Have to do without! Sorry, just reread Stanley Vidmar. All the shops had those, built like a tank.

08-19-2006, 11:04 PM
I like to keep (what's left) of my measuring tools in wooden boxes, "french fitted". If they have a "nice" original case, I tend to use that as is. While I am "working" I leave the box open in drawers, but close them at the end of the day. I use the "open" lid as a "temporary landing pad" for the miscellaneous tools of the day. The idea is to know where everything is while I am "working" and returning it to where it "actually" belongs, so I can find it next week. Those "modern" blowmolded plastic cases get stored on the highest shelves in the shop (about 9 ft up, 10" down from the ceiling), when I "need" one I climb up and find it. I have a few duplicate tools, because my mill and my lathe are in different rooms on different floors, I don't like stopping to open doors and climb stairs. Far from the ideal shop we all dream about, one day the kids will be grown, the house paid, SWMBO la...

08-19-2006, 11:52 PM
Sears sells the foam sheets that you can cut out pockets for your tools. They are sized for Craftsman boxes but can be pieced together for bigger drawers. At one time I had the top drawer of my Kennedy rollaway with most of my precisions tools french fitted in foam. It was a nice set-up but I got a wild hair and changed it all and threw the foam away. It's worth a try to see if you like that type of set-up.