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  • Wrench organizer, but not for crows foot wrenches

    I bought one of these the other day.

    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.

    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).]
    Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.

  • #2
    Just a thought, you can use UHMW too.



    • #3
      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!


      • #4
        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.


        • #5
          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.


          • #6
            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 you use crows foot...with an extension or something.

            dont miss mechanic work



            • #7
              Jacob, That was a tongue in cheek question.
              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.


              • #8
                yah, rereading it i see that.

                not sleeping does not = good brain power

                planning a wedding sucks


                • #9
                  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.

                  Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


                  • #10
                    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.


                    • #11
                      Did this today. Just some spare aluminum sitting around. Now I'm happy.

                      I have been told that I have been suggested for an award from the anal-retentive association.
                      Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


                      • #12
                        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.
                        Non, je ne regrette rien.


                        • #13
                          Nice friends. Sounds like the kind that would kick ya while you were down.
                          Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


                          • #14
                            I place one wrench size in each drawer 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.