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Firstgear

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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.
Yup. I just bought 3 Huots but they will have to be re-labeled. Fairly decent price from all industrial.com
 

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I believe I have more taps than MSC . This is my problem . Sorting thru these will take a while . Then I will bring more up to the basement from the shop and start over again ! :grin:

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I believe I have more taps than MSC . This is my problem . Sorting thru these will take a while . Then I will bring more up to the basement from the shop and start over again ! :grin:
wow, you have a lot! If I am not organized and have my pieces in a logical easily found mode, I usually say the heck with it and run out and just buy more. So I end up spending money needlessly, wasting time to go buy what I can’t find or worse yet waiting till the next day when McMaster Carr delivery comes (If I order today it arrives tomorrow, of course with a shipping charge even though it’s reasonable) via UPS. That’s why I have taken a couple of days to clean and organize my pieces.
 

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Right now they're all in a small drawer bunched together, I bought this on CL for $300.00 going to make sheet metal dividers to store drills, taps and other tooling.
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Now that is a great find! If I came across one at that price I would jump on it!
 

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I had a few moves in this process which didn't help matters . I had to unload the Vidmars when moving 2 houses up the street , and then kinda just dumped them back in after moving . So they were straightened out at one time . Unfortunately that was years and years ago . Time to get some sleep . Work comes late .
 

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I had a few moves in this process which didn't help matters . I had to unload the Vidmars when moving 2 houses up the street , and then kinda just dumped them back in after moving . So they were straightened out at one time . Unfortunately that was years and years ago . Time to get some sleep . Work comes late .
Moving definitely creates messes! We moved into our current home 12 years ago and we still have boxes we put in the basement that need going through. But life gets in the way.....I understand!
 

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I believe I have more taps than MSC . This is my problem . Sorting thru these will take a while . Then I will bring more up to the basement from the shop and start over again ! :grin:
... gives a whole new meaning to the term, "tap city" :)
 

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I have a bunch of Huot tap indexes for #0-#12 taps and 1/4"-1/2" taps. Somewhere around here I've uploaded a picture, but I can't find it on my phone. Dies I keep in a little tray that I 3d printed.

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Personally I have a mixture of taps, some purchased new, some purchased used, some inherited near new and some rusty old ones either inherited or acquired in auction lots. Most of my newer taps are in original packaging, like 3 tap sets in blow molded cases, odd individual taps in plastic or cardboard sleeves and sets in original cases. Older taps and dies don't get much respect, coffee cans. I do wipe them all down with WD40 or light oil after use. My shop is occasionally heated during the winter, no AC in the summer.

I did attend an auction where the deceased previous owner kept all of his taps in plastic kitchen storage containers filled with motor oil. I do not recommend this! What a mess!
 

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I scored a 20-30lb box of taps at a flea market. Sorted (and de-greased) them over the course of a few months. I put them in small acro-bins.
I probably have (20) ea of 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8. Not so many #10, #8. The bins were convenient, they stack nicely, and I can grab the bin with the size I need, then go to the bench and hunt for the right one (course, fine, starter, bottom, etc)
 

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my taps are stored loose; a compartment for each size. i don't intend to rub them togther of bang them against one another, so, i see no harm.
 

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Those taps most likely are machine specific for reaching down thru clearance holes for threads . Kinda like a tap extension and handle all in one . Just a WAG but makes sense .

They wouldn't work on the bent holes I see in here at work ………………………...the taps are TOO STRAIGHT !! ;)
 
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