I think you hit the nail on the head without knowing it. Like you I am the same way, a 2 second sweep of my tool box will prove if anyone has touched my tools over the weekend (at work)or in my home shop. EVERYTHING has its place.
Originally Posted by allen levine
But I have found out that IF I do put something in the wrong spot then it tends to go missing and for a very long time. A few weeks ago I could not find my 7/16 inch wrench. It was just gone and I use it all the time. After a day or two goes by I am sure someone has taken it and its not just misplaced. After a week..2 weeks...3 weeks...now I know its been taken,whether on purpose or by lack of returning it.
Thursday it turned up in an obscure drawer in my toolbox. I had been using this odd-ball drawer that day, and in a split second of inattention dropped the wrench into the drawer where it was not discovered for several weeks.
It gets on your nerves though because I cannot stand searching for something. I'll work for about 10-15 minutes and if my bench is cluttered with numerous tools,I stop right there and then and put EVERYTHING back. Same thing if I find myself searching for something. If I make two lines with a framing square, and then go to make the third cut and its not within reach...yep...time to stop and put everything back. I am compulsive that way.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"