As a craftsman, you must have a place where you can easily store and access your tools. You can have one permanent at your workplace, or other mobile ones, called job executions, which you can always carry to your workplace. Essentially, there are certain unique ways to organize your toolbox as a pro. Let’s discuss some of them.
1. Sort out similar tools of different types
Most times for craftsmen, there are lots of tools that are similar but come in different types. For example, a tool can appear similar to some others even when they are of different types like type A, type B, type C, or type D. Sometimes, they can be in sizes such as size 8, size 10, size 12 similar tools.
This is why it is important as a craftsman to have tool carts. One can be permanent at your workplace, while the other one would be portable, such that you can easily carry them around for off-site jobs.
It is then left to a craftsman to sort out these tools that are similar but with different types in separate parts of the tool cart to avoid confusing tools together and bringing instead foster a more organized workplace.
2. Get tool foam sheets
As a craftsman, tool foam sheets are useful in organizing a tool kit. All that needs to be done is to ensure that each tool is cut out in its shape on the tool foam.
When the tools are cut out in their shapes on the tool foam, it makes it difficult for any tool to get missing without your knowledge.
It is important to note that when cutting out the shape of the tools on the tool foam, the tools that are frequently used should be cut out on the same row on the tool foam and placed on the top drawer for easy access.
For cutting the tool foam, all you need are the right tools such as a utility blade, or X-Acto knife that can cut the tool foam effectively.
3. Cut finger holes on tool foams for easy pickup
If a tool doesn’t fit seamlessly into a toolbox, then it becomes a problem and difficult to pick up quickly. You mustn’t leave too much space around the tools to avoid them slipping around. This includes cutting finger holes or circular holes preferably around the tools for easy reaching in and pick up of the tools.
This circle can be cut with a knife, but for comfort and ease, you can do so with a hole punch. Cut out all the shapes of the tools on the tool foam before punching the circular hole.
4. Cut a horizontal strip for easy pickup
Some situations might arise where you have tools such as wrenches of many sizes placed together. Considering that these wrenches are close together and sometimes have big heads, the circular hole punching might not be cool because of the slim body type of these wrenches. A better way is to cut horizontally through the tools.
5. Save space by putting small tools together
Using a tool foam as a foundation for your toolbox helps to make things neat and tidy and as such when you use tool foam it helps to save space in your toolbox as the small tools have to be put together or placed together.
When you layout your small tools on the tool foam, you can maximize space by fitting them together in a row as the tool foam layout drawn would suggest.
6. Don’t forget spaces for cords and batteries
When trying to organize your toolbox, don’t forget to create spaces for your cords and batteries. When you create spaces for these items, it would prevent them from getting lost, or the cords getting damaged.
You can always cut out a layout for Cords and the Batteries on the tool foam for easy fitting in the toolbox.
1. Specialized tools should be kept in the middle drawer
This simply suggests that tools that are special but have different types or sizes would require a big space for the different sizes so as for them to be arranged differently. For example, the wrenches with different types would take more space and need to be arranged together according to the types.
2. Keep your heavy tools in the lower drawer
Depending on how big the tools are, the big tools such as a mallet, etc. must be kept in the lower drawer. Though they may not be so many, they occupy a lot of space and should be kept below to keep the toolbox organized and balanced.
If you’re a craftsman or now and then, you work in your home garden using a toolbox, being organized is a total no-brainer. Not only does it help to keep the tools in good shape and keep them safe from loss, but it also makes for faster and more efficient results.