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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dabirdguy, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. dabirdguy
    Joined: Jun 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,404

    Member Emeritus

    In my opinion, a good tech project should be innovative, help improve your skills, and be WORTH DOING!
    I was the proud owner of a nice little body hammer holder that I won at a tool swap on another board. It looked like this:

    The only problem with it was that the hammers piled up till you couldn't find anything. SO...
    I decided it needed a second level, one that would spin easily. I tried a couple of different lazy-susan bearing plates but none of them worked very well under load. a box of hammers and clamps and vicegrips is HEAVY. I decided to use a planetary gear set left over from a parts tranny I had and welded it to an axel I had laying about. If it could move a car this should be no big deal. Plus I wanted it to spin VERY easily.
    I welded one part of the planetary gear to an axel I had laying about:

    So far so good. If I stop here I have a great ash tray...
    Lets press on. Next I fabbed up a nice hat for it out of 1/8" plate:
    As you can see from the welds, I NEED the practice..LOL.
    Then I welded the other part of the planetary gear to the underside:
    Then I added some rods that were extras from a bucket of pegboard hooks I got a long time ago (Please do not laugh too loudly at the welds):
    They tell me the best way to see if your welds work is to stress them. Well, if these welds fail I get a hammer dropped on my toe as a reminder.
    Here it is with its hat on. I bolted the second deck on instead of welding
    it just in case the idea didn't work. I didn't want to screw up a pretty good tool:
    (sorry the picture is camera is not good enough to get it in the other way.)
    I took it outside and added a nice shiny coat of Metallic Blue paint.
    I mean ya gotta have some bling, right?
    Then I brought it in and loaded it up:

    The most used hammers and dollies get places of honor on the front row:

    The rest sit in the bleachers:
    The top carousel spins with one finger. The planetary gear REALLY worked well.

    The final part of the project will be to attach a mid-level holder for dollies.

    My welding skills got a little better, the box of hammers is off the floor and I can FIND one now, AND BEST OF ALL THERE IS STILL SPACE FOR MORE TOOLS!!!!!

    The PERFECT project!
  2. I love makin' my own tools. Nice job man.

  3. harrydude
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 96

    from ab

  4. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

    from Texas

  5. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,986


    That is quite the collection you have there!! Nice rack!;)
  6. Excellent tech! Thank you for posting.
  7. Great idea......
    So Glen when will you have mine done :D :rolleyes: ?????...joe
  8. mortecai
    Joined: Mar 10, 2001
    Posts: 263


    I think i love this idea. my hammer and dolly drawers are a mess and this would free up not only drawer space but the visual access is really neat. nice job bird guy mind if i semi copy?
  9. Toner283
    Joined: Feb 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,327


  10. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    I have heard that some people are as dumb as a box of hammers but that is the first time I have Great v& tech.
  11. Johnny1290
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,834


    Wow man that's super cool. I just got a bucket buddy and thought that was the greatesst thing since sliced bread, but yours really takes the cake!
  12. tiredford
    Joined: Apr 6, 2009
    Posts: 532

    from Mo.

    That is great. Mine would be a lot smaller tho, I only have one body hammer and two dollies.:eek:
  13. BuiltFerComfort
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,620


    Is that thing a little tippy or top-heavy? If you bump it with your shoulder, what happens? Not trying to be negative, I like it, just trying to be safe
  14. moter
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,137


    "He who dies with the most hammers....wins! " :D

    Good idea
  15. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


    Generally, I prefer a woman with nice rack, but yours is real nice, too. Hey! You can fix just about anything with that many hammers!
  16. Geez I thought I had a lot of hammers.:eek:
  17. nutajunka
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,466


    Looks like a body man's christmas tree, nice hammers.
  18. Jalopy Jim
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,867

    Jalopy Jim

    If I only had a bigger shop to have something like that.
    Nice job.
  19. solid
    Joined: May 20, 2007
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  20. dabirdguy
    Joined: Jun 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,404

    Member Emeritus

    I was concerened about stability as well (hence the bolts). It's very stable so far. All the weight is inside the spread of the legs.
  21. fbama73
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 989


    Tools do not make the man. Therefore, the man must make the tools. Nice job, love the homebuilt stuff!

    Yeah, you can probably buy a hammer rack. But you've got one just the way you want, you had the fun of making it, and you saved money to go into the projects- win-win-win.
  22. Dan57
    Joined: Nov 27, 2009
    Posts: 89


    so what's in the tool box? just kidding man, i love hammers.
  23. crossthread
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 103


    Hi Glenn Good idea. I might steal the use of a tranny gear. I think your welding is getting better JinB
  24. dabirdguy
    Joined: Jun 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,404

    Member Emeritus

    Thanks Jim!
    That's high praise indeed!
  25. 6berry
    Joined: Apr 12, 2009
    Posts: 352


    i wish i had enough hammers to make something cool like that. i think it would be space INefficient with my 4 body hammers and 8 dollies
  26. I like things that are vertical...That is a GREAT idea for limited storage areas and I just hate it when the toolbox drawers get TOO mine is right it looks like I have a project to do now...:) NICE work, Dude!
    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,760


    Looks Good, my problem is I only have one body Hammer!!
  28. Cshabang
    Joined: Mar 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,458


    sooner or later I'll do something similar so i can open a drawer up in my tool box....i like the use of the transmission planetary....
  29. Crusty Nut
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,834

    Crusty Nut

    planetary gear is a cool idea.

    But, holy shit you have a lot of hammers!
    Hammers are one is my most loved to use tools and I am satisfied with only a fraction of that.
  30. Screws
    Joined: Jun 19, 2009
    Posts: 85

    from Baltimore

    Holy smokes! Professional grade! Thanks for the inspiration.

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