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Thread: An alternative Festool systainer tool organizer

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    An alternative Festool systainer tool organizer

    Recently there has been a thread (http://festoolownersgroup.com/index.php?topic=6030.0) on the Festool Owner's Group Forum about the tool organizer systainer 4 insert.

    A lot of ideas have been presented and one of them by Pererm encouraged me to attempt to build a "better" tool organizer.

    Mine combines the design of the one that Peterm built with the design of the original from Festool.

    The insert is made out of leftover pieces of Baltic Birch -6mm and 10mm.

    First here is a pictures showing the origninal tool organizer in use (as it was two days ago):

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    And here are the contents spread out on my workbench:

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    This is the insert sold by Festool:

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    Except for the small wooden box at the bottom right, it's all one piece.

    My objective was to create a set of inserts that could hold more tools and stuff than Festool's and to have those tools and stuff better organized and more accessible.

    I decided that it would be better to have trays that could be removed separately, rather than as a set (as Peterm did). Also, I like the holes in Festool's insert, so I decided to have some -not as many, but some.

    Here is the bottom tray:

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    And, here is the middle tray:

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    The middle tray handle fits over the bottom (which protrudes through a slot in the bottom of the middle tray). At the same time, it is short enough that it does not interfere with the top tray. The divider is removable.

    Here is the top tray:

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    And, here are all three trays (plus some stuff that I stuffed down the small gaps at the sides) sitting on my workbench.

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    As you can see, I managed to get everything that was originally in the systainer plus a lot more back into the systainer. And, everything is easy to get at.My objective was to create a set of inserts that could hold more tools and stuff than Festool's and to have those tools and stuff better organized and more accessible.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    My objective was to create a set of inserts that could hold more tools and stuff than Festool's and to have those tools and stuff better organized and more accessible.
    I'd say that you accomplished your goal "in spades". Well done!

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    Nicely done Frank! May I ask where the brass slide-in dividers for the middle tray came from?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    Nicely done Frank! May I ask where the brass slide-in dividers for the middle tray came from?
    Thanks Frank.

    The divider brackets that I used in the middle tray come from Lee Valley. Here is a link: http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/pa...=3,43722,43743
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Burton View Post
    I'd say that you accomplished your goal "in spades". Well done!
    Thanks Kerry. Yes, things worked out even better than I thought they would when I started upon the "experiment".
    Cheers, Frank

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    Thank you Frank!



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    Frank,
    you've done it again! My shop Might, someday, faintly, in a roundabout way, resemble just a portion of your organizational skills. I fear it is a lost cause however, as I know how 'organized' I tend to be. I AM going to tackle the clutter this weekend however, and I'm working on a plan for my storage cabinet's internal shelving unit (metal cabinet, getting plywood shelving)
    -Ned

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    Very nice, Frank.
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    Frank it looks like your time, brain power & skill combined to pull off another great project. Divide & conquer.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
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    Qwas on the TalkFestool forum suggested that one might want to make some alternate trays and fill them with task specific items. He mentioned Electrical and Plumbing.

    I followed up on his idea this morning and made a two additional middle trays. Right now, I have filled one with Plumbing stuff and the other with Dowelmax stuff. Here is picture of all three middle trays:

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    I will also make at least two additional bottom trays (once I purchase some more little plastic boxes). But, I will keep the top tray the same for all (unless, of course, I devote a second systainer 4 to holding my stuff).
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 01-23-2009 at 10:50 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

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