Reamer storage

Did a search in the archives, did not find anything so I thought it would be fair game to ask. I have about 100 reamers sized from .020 to .300. These are used in day to day operations for my line of work (hobby?). I started out organizing these in a few of those plastic drawer type storage units you can get for 20 bucks or so. These work OK until you get to the .200 diameter and up reamers that are too long for the drawers to close. Looked at the reamer storage drawers out there (like HOUT or however you spell that) but I can't seem to pry that kind of money out, unless you all tell me that I am being too cheap and that going that route is best. Open to some fair comments, thanks in advance, ron.

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While perusing the kbctools catalog last week, I noticed that Huot makes webbing for reamers, taps and drills. I ordered some and will let you know how I like it. It comes in two sizes - 1/4" - 1/2" and 1/2" -


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if used daily I might suggest a wooden stand drilled to accept the shanks and stand them vertical , if used infrequently , I would suggest paraffin dipping

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Most of mine are sleeved with electronic heatshrink tubing (not shrunk) and stored in shallow drawers.

Taps are protected by a brass nut on the end. The nut helps when matching unknown threads to the proper tap.


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It came to my mind to get a couple sticks of PVC pipe and cut it up into lengths and glue them all together. Mount that to a board or something. Stagger the height from the front to the back and you've got a decent organizer you can mark on the visible part of the tube what size it is.

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carl mciver

Hey Ron,

A friend has made a four-sided lazy susan, about 24" tall and each panel 12" wide. There are numerous wooden "slats" on an angle across the faces, varied in size as to the tool to be placed. I think that would make an excellent device for you. He further states that if he keeps the humidity below 65%, he gets no rusting or "finger-marking" on any ferrous surfaces. (if a pix would help, I'll send it direct...actually, one pix of each side).

Personally, I bought a bunch or el-cheapo two piece tool boxes ( on wheels), and with some conversions I use them for taps, dies, reamers, drills, etc.. And I use two of those multi-speed overhead fans per garage to keep the air moving, which is a great aid in slowing/stopping rusting.

Take care.

Brian Laws>Did a search in the archives, did not find anything so I thought it

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