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Tool caddy from dishwasher silverware holder

February 5, 2011

When you see somebody throw out an old dishwasher, stop and grab the silverware carrier:

Tool caddy from dishwasher silverware carrier

Tool caddy from dishwasher silverware carrier

Cut some little pieces of cardboard or foam core for the bottom of each compartment, so tools don’t slip through when you pick it up.  You can also customize the compartments.  The one at lower-right has a spray-can lid in it to hold on to miscellaneous small items like little files.

The two center compartments have extra dividers in them made out of foam core.  I put some copper wire through the top of the foam core and wrapped it around the plastic to hold it in place.

The one at upper-right is full of that vinyl plastic board they make political yard signs out of.  (See, elections are good for something.) It has little channels in it so you just cut a bunch of pieces and stick in there for organizing tiny screwdrivers.

I put a tin can in the one at upper-left to give it extra depth. The center was perfect for straddling with a set of precision pliers, and other dividers hold tweezers.  Carry handles make it easy to move around.  There’s a small tape measure clipped to the side.

I don’t know who first thought of doing this but I saw one somewhere and thought it was pretty nifty. Now I have a half-dozen of them scattered around my garage and downstairs area.  One holds specialized bicycle tools.  (I attached a wider base to that one so it wouldn’t tip over.) This one holds my most commonly-used precision-assembly tools.  I suppose you could customize them for sewing tools or almost anything. In a pinch you could even use one for silverware.

Top view

Top view

Vinyl sign board cut into strips

Side view

Some other time: three cool organizing things you can swipe from a discarded fridge.

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  1. EdK
    February 6, 2011 at 09:22 | #1

    Saved one of those when my 20 yo dishwasher went out, then realized it wouldn’t hold anything but “big” tools since the little stuff would slip through. Never occurred to me to put foam in the bottom – DERP! Like the idea of the vertical political residue-scraps holding smaller screwdrivers. Thanks for the tips, and also for reminding me how my brain does NOT work a lot of the time.

  2. iota
    February 8, 2011 at 11:22 | #2

    Nice calipers.

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