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(Wired)   Your toolbox: $25 slab of injected polystyrene. Mythbusters' Adam Savage's toolbox: doctor's medical satchels handcrafted in aluminum perched on rolling scissor lift, organized on principle of "first-order retrievability"   (wired.com) divider line 72
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2012-08-23 12:00:12 PM
I also love arranging them, to the point where I came up with a name for my organizing metric


Once we've named our organizing metric, then we can make checklists for all the tools.THEN WE CAN MAKE A CHECKLIST FOR THE CHECKLISTS!

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2012-08-23 12:00:16 PM
So when is Mythbusters going to tackle Breaking Bad?
 
2012-08-23 12:06:05 PM

doglover: I also love arranging them, to the point where I came up with a name for my organizing metric


Once we've named our organizing metric, then we can make checklists for all the tools.THEN WE CAN MAKE A CHECKLIST FOR THE CHECKLISTS!

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I read that in Tara Strong's voice. Damn you.
 
2012-08-23 12:16:48 PM

doglover: THEN WE CAN MAKE A CHECKLIST FOR THE CHECKLISTS!


But what about the checklist for the checklist for the checklists?
 
2012-08-23 12:18:31 PM

doglover: I also love arranging them, to the point where I came up with a name for my organizing metric


Once we've named our organizing metric, then we can make checklists for all the tools.THEN WE CAN MAKE A CHECKLIST FOR THE CHECKLISTS!

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Couldn't find a big enough pic to hotlink but just imagine there is a picture of Phil Hartman as the Anal-Retentive Carpenter right here.
 
2012-08-23 12:23:14 PM
My injected polystyrene toolbox is arranged by first order availability... so I guess I'm halfway there
 
2012-08-23 12:31:07 PM
Doesn't everyone arrange their things by first-order availability?

You want that which you use the most to be most easily accessible. That isn't obvious to everyone?

/kinda serious
 
2012-08-23 12:44:06 PM

SurfaceTension: Doesn't everyone arrange their things by first-order availability?

You want that which you use the most to be most easily accessible. That isn't obvious to everyone?

/kinda serious


I arrange my tools autobiographically.
 
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2012-08-23 12:51:13 PM

NuttierThanEver: I arrange my tools autobiographically.


Mine uses the Dewey Decimal System.

Damn card catalog is always getting greasy...
 
2012-08-23 12:51:47 PM

NuttierThanEver: SurfaceTension: Doesn't everyone arrange their things by first-order availability?

You want that which you use the most to be most easily accessible. That isn't obvious to everyone?

/kinda serious

I arrange my tools autobiographically.


I arrange my tools onomatopoetically.
 
2012-08-23 01:17:41 PM

SurfaceTension: You want that which you use the most to be most easily accessible. That isn't obvious to everyone?

/kinda serious


DNRTFA? That's what I thought he meant, too, but he explains that he doesn't have to move a tool out of the way to get to another tool. I kinda like the idea, at first glance, but it seems like it might waste a lot of space, depending on the tools in question.

Besides, if you only have one tool box, you're doing it wrong. Car tool chest, house tools grouped by system, outdoor tools grouped by system, hobby tools by hobby, etc. Break it down and organize, man! Which, of course, is what Adam has done with this example, and I bet that isn't his only toolbox, and I bet their shop is organized that way.

Then again, if all you have is some half-assed "toolkit" of color-coordinated Chinese-junk-quality "tools" all jammed into their own little slots in an all-in-one plastic case, well, I won't say, "kill yourself," but you're bad and you should feel bad.
 
2012-08-23 01:44:05 PM

CommieTaoist: doglover: THEN WE CAN MAKE A CHECKLIST FOR THE CHECKLISTS!

But what about the checklist for the checklist for the checklists?


OCD is a fractal disorder. There is no bottom.
 
2012-08-23 01:57:50 PM

pizen: NuttierThanEver: SurfaceTension: Doesn't everyone arrange their things by first-order availability?

You want that which you use the most to be most easily accessible. That isn't obvious to everyone?

/kinda serious

I arrange my tools autobiographically.

I arrange my tools onomatopoetically.


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Whoa
 
2012-08-23 02:25:44 PM
Your toolbox: $25 slab of injected polystyrene.

No, it's a hard plastic clamshell that came included with the ratchet-sockets-and-driver-bits set that cost me $30. Plus tax.

I'm not really a handyman type.

/But I can fix my own bike.
//Beach cruiser. =P
 
2012-08-23 03:28:16 PM
FTA (photo caption): There's no point in having the tools for the job if you can't find them quickly.

That... that doesn't make any sense at all.
 
2012-08-23 03:33:03 PM

China White Tea: FTA (photo caption): There's no point in having the tools for the job if you can't find them quickly.

That... that doesn't make any sense at all.


Why not? It makes perfect sense. If you have the tools, but have to spend 1/2 an hour wandering around looking for them each day, then it really defeats the purpose of having them 'on hand', and you might as well rent the damned things right as you need them.



/His toolbox is FAR cooler than his show.
 
2012-08-23 03:35:33 PM
 
2012-08-23 03:40:31 PM

NuttierThanEver: SurfaceTension: Doesn't everyone arrange their things by first-order availability?

You want that which you use the most to be most easily accessible. That isn't obvious to everyone?

/kinda serious

I arrange my tools autobiographically.


No farking way!
 
2012-08-23 03:45:43 PM
Meh. I use a very expensive handcrafted model made out of a special monostyrene material. It's an obscure plastic, you've probably never heard of it.
 
2012-08-23 03:46:51 PM

pizen: I arrange my tools onomatopoetically.


Ok... I get that hammers go under "bam" and saws go under "zoopa" and rachets go under "tk" but where do the screwdrivers go?
 
2012-08-23 03:48:26 PM

pizen: NuttierThanEver: SurfaceTension: Doesn't everyone arrange their things by first-order availability?

You want that which you use the most to be most easily accessible. That isn't obvious to everyone?

/kinda serious

I arrange my tools autobiographically.

I arrange my tools onomatopoetically.


I arrange my tools in the order they were invented.
 
2012-08-23 03:48:58 PM
Huge nerd chills. Taking efficiency to another level.
When building models his APM must be through the roof.
 
2012-08-23 03:51:44 PM
All my filth is in alphabetical order. This, for example, is under "H" for "toy."
 
2012-08-23 03:51:51 PM

dittybopper: Meh. I use a very expensive handcrafted model made out of a special monostyrene material. It's an obscure plastic, you've probably never heard of it.


I've heard of it, but hold it in such low regard I've purged its name from memory.
 
2012-08-23 03:53:20 PM

AzDownboy: pizen: I arrange my tools onomatopoetically.

Ok... I get that hammers go under "bam" and saws go under "zoopa" and rachets go under "tk" but where do the screwdrivers go?


"Rrreeeh-a Rrreeeh-a"

It's the sound I make in my head, anyway.
 
2012-08-23 03:53:43 PM

dittybopper: monostyrene


Stereostyrene totally killed it but I've kept all my originals, shelved vertically. You wouldn't even know.
 
2012-08-23 03:59:33 PM
How many hours did he spend so that he doesn't have to lift up a screwdriver to get the wrench underneath?
 
2012-08-23 04:00:50 PM
Hmmm.I would buy one of those toolboxes,if i could afford it.
You reading this Adam ? There is a market for that chest, just in case being a tv star doesnt turn out so good.
 
2012-08-23 04:01:10 PM
CSB:

Adam and Jamie gave me a beer on a stage after cooling it with fire extinguishers.
 
2012-08-23 04:11:44 PM

Coder: NuttierThanEver: SurfaceTension: Doesn't everyone arrange their things by first-order availability?

You want that which you use the most to be most easily accessible. That isn't obvious to everyone?

/kinda serious

I arrange my tools autobiographically.

No farking way!


Yep to know where I put my hammer I have to remember that I bought it in 97 to build a new mailbox, but didn't
 
2012-08-23 04:12:53 PM

AzDownboy: but where do the screwdrivers go?


You drink them.
 
2012-08-23 04:14:44 PM
Everything I've seen of Adam and Jamie beyond what they air on Mythbusters has led me to the conclusion that they would both be really annoying to have as friends.
 
2012-08-23 04:16:56 PM
FTA (photo caption): There's no point in having the tools for the job if you can't find them quickly.

The point is having to go back inside to find the tool and grabbing yourself another beer while you're at it.

AbiNormal: The H.O. Studley Tool Chest


Thank you! That is a thing of beauty.
 
2012-08-23 04:20:39 PM

Bruxellensis: CSB:

Adam and Jamie gave me a beer on a stage after cooling it with fire extinguishers.



How did the residue on that taste? I tired the trick of using an inverted can of compressed air to chill a beer one time. The could taste the residue for hours.
 
2012-08-23 04:24:01 PM
I keep my tool on the right side of my pants.


/the angle of the dangle is in direct preportion to the heat of the meat.
 
2012-08-23 04:26:52 PM

Raoul Eaton: How many hours did he spend so that he doesn't have to lift up a screwdriver to get the wrench underneath?


After 68 years or so, all of those milliseconds he saved will add up making it a worthwhile effort.
 
2012-08-23 04:27:02 PM

EmperorSled: Bruxellensis: CSB:

Adam and Jamie gave me a beer on a stage after cooling it with fire extinguishers.


How did the residue on that taste? I tired the trick of using an inverted can of compressed air to chill a beer one time. The could taste the residue for hours.


It was Busch Light, and I slammed it, so I don't know. I don't recall anything other than excitement since I was slamming beer on stage with the Mythbusters. I talked to them after the show and got their autographs; I just wish I could've had them autograph the beer can.
 
2012-08-23 04:31:37 PM
I generally find that my plastic box with a seemingly random assortment of automotive/home improvement tools is perfectly suited to my needs, so long as I don't spill a ratchet set into it or something equally as inconvenient. My self-important douchebaggery apparently does not extend to fabricating my own toolbox complete with scissor lift just to impress my boss...
 
2012-08-23 05:03:13 PM
NOT the Mythbuster whose "toolbox" I'd like to see...wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
 
2012-08-23 05:04:53 PM
So the duct tape's on top... that's exactly right!
 
2012-08-23 05:14:29 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: So when is Mythbusters going to tackle Breaking Bad?


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Adam and Jamie high on crystal meth scares the living daylights out of me. Kari on the other hand...... no..... that scares me even more.
 
2012-08-23 05:14:36 PM
After working on both planes and cars for a living, my toolbox weighs so much that it has to go in the U-haul truck by itself when we move. I've considered adding a motor to move it. It contains it's own air tool power (N2 bottle). It is taller than I am and about 5' long. When I open the socket drawer, the weight of it shifts enough that I had to add more casters on outriggers. That's just the hand tools; I have several other toolboxes. My tool collection is the largest single value item on our insurance, worth more than both our cars combined.

In comparison to many of my SnapOn-indebted-forever aerospace worker friends, my toolbox is small and seriously underutilized. So a bring-along tool box for modelmaking - very cool, in a dollhouse sort of way.

Although, I'm pretty sure my home shop's disorganization would make Adam twitch.
 
2012-08-23 05:15:14 PM
Actually your toolbox is likely polyethelene or polypropolene. Works in a plastic factory. Hates life...
 
2012-08-23 05:29:29 PM

SurfaceTension: Doesn't everyone arrange their things by first-order availability?

You want that which you use the most to be most easily accessible. That isn't obvious to everyone?

/kinda serious


Not always.

I keep my stuff sorted by type of tool. I prefer a clean looking toolbox. That said, I use first order availability to arrange the sets (basically, just a modification of the schema he's describing).
 
2012-08-23 05:34:08 PM
If Adam's id that organized,
I wonder how organized Jamie's toolbox is.
 
2012-08-23 06:00:13 PM

orange storm: If Adam's id that organized,
I wonder how organized Jamie's toolbox is.


Jamie keeps all his tools in his mustache.
 
2012-08-23 06:38:24 PM

EmperorSled: Bruxellensis: CSB:

Adam and Jamie gave me a beer on a stage after cooling it with fire extinguishers.


How did the residue on that taste? I tired the trick of using an inverted can of compressed air to chill a beer one time. The could taste the residue for hours.


Most air duster has a bittering agent in it to keep people from huffing it. I doubt fire extinguishers would have that same additive.
 
2012-08-23 06:42:03 PM

BKITU: Your toolbox: $25 slab of injected polystyrene.

No, it's a hard plastic clamshell that came included with the ratchet-sockets-and-driver-bits set that cost me $30. Plus tax.


My 'tool box' is 2 Leatherman Micras (well, one's a knock off), both built around needlenose pliers, a mini
screwdriver with 2 full-sized reversable bits (slotted & Phillips) on my keychain, a cheap LED flashlight on my
keychain, and a pocket pouch with a bunch of USB thumb drives (and an 8meg CF card that came inside the
hidden compartment that I have mostly just 'cause): 1 16gig drive has backups of my important documents & pictures, 1 1gig thumb drive with a bootable image of #! Linux for system rescues & spot installs, and a 2gig and 2 16gig drives for scratch storage.
 
2012-08-23 07:51:08 PM
I'm going to get yelled at, probably.

I like my messy catch-all kitchen junk drawer. It works.

I know, because one day I decided to organize it with some formal divider systems. That did not work out well at all, but I can't explain why. Only that, when I let it go all chaotic and random again, no dividers, certain things that shared functionality tended to self-organize in certain parts of the drawer, and it only took a couple seconds of looking to find everything. The closest thing I can compare it to is the process where you leave the campus quad all grass for a semester and only then, do you pave the foot paths people have organically created.
 
2012-08-23 07:53:10 PM

mr_fubar: Actually your toolbox is likely polyethelene or polypropolene. Works in a plastic factory. Hates life...


I was going to say, Isn't Polystyrene the styrofoam that cheap beer coolers are made from?
 
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