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Posted this earlier, but it seems to have got lost in the ether.

I seem to get various things that come in blister packs which would be better in some sort of box. The Point-to-Point is a good example. It really doesn't want throwing in a drawer with other stuff.

Before I start making boxes, the thought struck me that it might be better if I made modular boxes. The catering industry, for example, uses Metronorm stainless steel containers which are all ratios of each other. Into the same space, you can fit one big one, two half sized ones or three third sized ones.

By adopting the same principle for tool storeage I could stack things better, find them more easily on a shelf and batch produce some standard components that could be just cut to length and finished as and when required.

The question is, what module to work to? There is no point in reinventing the wheel if someone has already sorted this. Has anyone tried it, or know of the sizes of any commercial equivalent?

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Are you talking about relatively small parts and tools, or large ones, Peter?

For small items, I use stackable cabinets made by Durham, that have slide-out tray holders:

Material Handling > Storage > Bin Units > Cabinet,Large 2 Drawer : Grainger Industrial Supply

The trays have partitions, lids, latches and handles, so they can be removed.

Material Handling > Storage > Bin Units > Drawer,Extra : Grainger Industrial Supply

If you're planning on building your own, you might want to adapt this sort of design.

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I hope to see pictures of this as you build. Storage is a big thing around my shop.
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Yes pictures will be nice

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Are you talking about relatively small parts and tools, or large ones, Peter?
I'm thinking smallish tools like Kregs, Point to point, Linenfold jig, say stuff up to the size of a laptop and up to 2" thick, with ratios within that. I hadn't tought of a drawer system but it could suit that, too, with modular interiors.

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Breaking up router bits into sets of ones that are used in conjunction with each other is another thought and boxing them seperately.

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Letter jigs complete with the right cutters, instead of the cardboard box they came in that isn't big enough to leave it assembled in basic mode is another.
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Being I am somewhat new to the woodworking in general, I have a need for storage and would like to incorporate it into my shop, so pics would be nice to see what you have in mind.

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