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Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 01:35 AM UTC

I have a problem. I have spend a lot of money for usefull tools. But now, they are all stored on my desk. As result I'll get grazy of the mess. How did you storage your tools and other stuff, like evergreen etc.

What is the most easiest system and not to expensive to buy?

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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 02:57 AM UTC
Get your self some hooks and hang them up where you can see them also get one of the cheap plastic draw units for keeping your tools in.
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Arkansas, United States
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Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 03:19 AM UTC
You have a few options. I use a toolbox, a divided part box, and a three tier shelf that sets on my desk. The last is very usefule, but I keep knocking my tools off of it. You can buy a tool apron from http://www.micromark.com, but you have to find somewhere to hang it. The best method I have found is to keep the paints you are working with in a silverware organizer set upright, a cup for your brushes and your other tools on the tiered shelf(I got mine from walmart for a few $). The parts box I use for parts and loose consumables. The tool box I use for tools that don't see that much action. I built up my workbench off of a computer desk with a slide out keyboard holder. I keep extra paints and tools on it. I have everything torn apart(the quest for the missing piece), but I'll post a photo.

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Arizona, United States
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Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 05:33 AM UTC
thanks for the ideas!


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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 05:56 AM UTC
Some Great Ideas here.....I personaly use a small plastic tool box. You can find them cheap, and with plenty of room/compartments for your tools.

Just my 2 cents worth,
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 06:28 AM UTC
For tools, I ended up ordering one of these, although it hasn't arrived yet:


As for paints, I just built new racks.

To the left of that picture is (2) plastic drawer units that hold a number of other items. One is a 3 drawer unit. I've broken the 3 drawers up into:

1. oil paints, droppers, small palettes
2. sanding/files
3. spare knifes, blades, small mitre box

The other is a smaller 5 drawer unit.

1. cotton buds, small sponge pads, sponges, etc.
2. tweezers
3. putties, sticky-tack, clay
4. airbrush accessories
5. I forget.

My workbench also has 2 large drawers on either side of where I sit that have some larger items in them. Full sheets of sand paper, my dremel tool, empty paint bottles for mixing custom colors, etc. My respirator hangs on a hook with all the 'garage tools' above my workbench. And off to my left is a big shelf with my small but growing stash, boxes of spares separated by (wwii allies, wwii axis, modern), and another 3 drawer unit (bigger than above) with:

1. AM stuff. Barrels, PE, resin bits, etc.
2. "raw materials", evergreen sheet/rod/strip, various diameters of wire, left-over PE frets, some balsa/bass wood, etc.
3. More of the above
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 07:43 AM UTC
I have loads of the carry out plastic containers that our chinese take aways get delivered in

The boxes are clear/see through, but I still have them labelled to know what to put back in them when I clear up after.

Four of the carry out containers fit inside a plastic biscuit box with the larger tools to the side

Makes traveling a bit easier with my portable tool kit

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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 08:04 AM UTC
I have drawers from Ikea, and a couple of rotary desktop storage things I got from Walmart.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 09:47 AM UTC
Conrad from Germany



They deliver in the EU and depending on where in the Netherlands you sit you can even drive there. The later option can be useful since they sometimes have sales of tools/screwboxes for prices below 5
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Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 07:36 PM UTC
Hey Guys,

I have bought a large toolbox for all the tools. It is working great! For now, I have to learn cleaning my desk after I build some models.