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Air Tool Organizer Rack
Jeff Kumpf, Hopedale, Ill.: “On a rainy fall day, I decided to address the lack of organization of my air tools. I had been keeping everything in a drawer with almost no hope of finding what I needed. The air tools would leak oil in the drawer so I had to wipe them off before I used them.
  “I started out with 2 pieces of 24-in. deep electrical strut mounted to the wall about 12 in. apart. I then found some 2 by 4-in. perforated angle iron for my holders. I used 50 1/4-in. carriage bolts with nuts as pegs for the sockets. The 1/4-in. nut seemed to work well inside the 1/2-in. drive part of the socket to keep it from shifting as the compressor started. The top row holds the SAE sockets and the next couple rows hold the metric. There’s an accessory row at the bottom, complete with extensions, air chucks, pressure gauges, and air chisel tips. I then mounted 8 female quick connects upside down to hold all of my air tools. This seemed to work well for the oil that you put in each tool after each use.
  “Once all the pieces were mounted, I took my welding paint stick and marked each socket with its size. I can now pick out the right sockets as I walk across the shop and not have to pick each one up individually to look at their size. It also makes it easy to see if any sockets are missing. This rack took some time but it has made using my air tools much easier, and much more enjoyable.”

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #1