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H-M Supporter Gold Member
- Dec 7, 2018
I have come into a boatload of taps and dies. They aren’t in an organized box or anything. If you have a good method, please share some photos.....thanks!
If I was skilled at all, I would try something like that.....people such as yourself have skills I always admire!Funny that this just came up. I have one of those Vidmar cabinets, except mine is larger. Probably 32" wide. Filled with random stuff but I know where my stuff is! Payed $60 for it used.
Here is what I am currently working on. Who knows if my idea will work but basically I am building a master drill index. 1/16 -1/2, 1-60 and A-Z with room for more if I need it. We shall see how it turns out.. They don't call me the wood butcher for nothing.
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Yes . I know the feeling . Look how fast the tap drawer grows in 30 minutes . And I have just a few center drills , c sinks and spotting drills too .That’s my problem.....not all in one place! When I am done that will be fixed!
your drawer with the short and tall, thin and fat taps is what my garage looks like right now. I had to move the 63 SW Corvette into the other garage to make room to be able to get the lathe and the mill into the garage (aka Surgical Suite, where I work on building my cars). I decided that since the place is in a total mess now was the time to get it back to being totally organized. I am pitching stuff I havent used and getting everything else organized. When I had started building the last car, '60 Corvette, I had the garage totally organized, then one of my buddies came over to help with the car...many nights and weekends and the garage went to hell! Now I am bent on getting it back where it was.....Yes . I know the feeling . Look how fast the tap drawer grows in 30 minutes . And I have just a few center drills , c sinks and spotting drills too .
Good thing is , I only have 3 more Vidmars , 4 roll arounds and countless buckets to sort thru !
This is where i felt the foam hole plate idea sorta shines in that it is very easy to poke another hole in the spot marked for its size if need be especially the smaller easily lost sizes. The biggest benefit to how i was setup was knowing which bit i was missing (forgot to put away, lost, broke) with a quick glance which was my main reason for my organization setup, keeping them from banging into each other was more a benefit then goal!The problem with single hole storage solutions is having multiple bits. Then all except the "chosen one" still sit in a drawer or on a bench somewhere, only to be lost to obscurity as to their size. Then out comes the micrometer.
That is why the Huot cabinets make sense to me.
Very nice! I find if I can keep things organized I can move along on my projects. Thanks for sharing!Several years ago I bought this drill & tap rack (complete with the full set of pretty high quality D&Ts) at an industrial supplier in Oregon. It had been gathering dust on their shelf for what looked like quite a while, and I recall getting a great deal on it. I have lots of other taps, generally half-organized in a variety of drawers, bin boxes, etc. But this is my "go to" set and sits atop the workbench. You can still get the plastic stand/organizer in either inch or metric from Mcmaster-Carr.
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I bought some taps and dies that were stored in wood. The stain in the wood got up into the pieces, also the wood does hold some moisture which leads to rust. I cleaned them with carb cleaner then acetone and finally Evapo-Rust. They came out looking fairly good.This will make the purists cringe...
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I would like to say I don't store my taps this way, but I do own these, and they are stored that way. In my defense, I bought them like this about six months ago, and was just starting to sort them. I think I will organize them in a wooden block like is also in the picture.
In the pile of taps I got, there was one 0, 1,3 and some 4’s. I must have 20 1/4-20 taps. Tossed a few broken ones. Got a number of Greenfield taps.Wow, you all have LOTS of taps. I keep mine in the the little plastic case that holds a three tap set. and all of them fit in ONE drawer of a tool box with room to spare for other tools. I get away with this because the range of TAPs I have is from 4-40 to 1/4-20.