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Shop Tip: Tool Holder Storage Solutions

Quick Change Tool Posts (QCTP’s) are great, but once you own one you tend to start accumulating all sorts of tool holders. The problem is these holders can be bulky and take up a lot of drawer space, if they fit in a drawer at all (mine don’t fit in my Kennedy tool box as they are just a smidge too tall). So mine tend to reside on the edge of my chip tray where they get covered in swarf and oil.

Not ideal.

Luckily there are a few nifty storage solutions just waiting to be implemented. The first comes from Norman in Texas who was clever enough to make little dovetail brackets that he can secure to the wall. His first few brackets were milled, but now he’s casting them. Here’s what Norman’s brackets look like in use. The third one down from the top is an empty bracket:

But wait, there’s more!

After seeing Norman’s solution Alexander submitted a few of his own. Here’s a solution that Alex found on the web from DocsMachine.com.  Doc mounts his tool holders to the wall using a short rod (upper right highlighted in red – you can click the image to enlarge it). This seems to work well, but I think some J or Z channel would also work and might be sturdier and easier to mount.

DocsMachine-Tool-Holder-Storage

And here’s Alexander’s personal solution, consisting of a piece of plastic angle bolted to his backsplash. I like the idea of plastic or aluminum angle instead of steel since there’s no chance of them damaging the dovetail on the tool holders.

If you’d like to read the original forum post or submit your own solution, please visit the forum post here:

QCTP Tool Storage Solutions

 

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About Tyler

Tyler is a hobby machinist and 3D printing aficionado. He teaches computer programming and web development at Highline near Seattle. Tyler founded Projects In Metal in 2008 because he was frustrated by the lack of free plans available for hobby machinists.