When I built my first circuit, all of my tools and supplies fit inside a small shoebox. When I built my first robot, all was contained in a small under-the-bed clothing tote. Now, more than 12 years and many projects, tools, and parts later, my storage needs have become so much more complex.
In recent years I have tried almost every type of industrial storage product out there – trays, organizers, drawers, cabinets, bins, and totes. In my latest attempt to organize and tidy up my shop space, I moved a number of items from their current spots and into new Festool Sortainers.
In just a couple of days, they have proved to be among the most versatile and effective small tool and parts organizers I have ever used. They’re stackable, portable via a large carry handle, and feature dividable drawers that latch closed and open quickly via finger pulls.
It took me a few tries to arrange and separate the drawers in a way that works best for the intended contents, but that is always part of my new-storage-setup process. The hardest part was working with a limited number of Sortainers while wanting a couple more to fill up.
Sortainers are a bit pricey at over $140 per unit, but their quality, utility, and elegance justify the one-time investment. Although designed for woodworkers, contractors, and professionals, Sortainers are well suited for the more general needs of DIYers and makers. While they won’t magically improve your abilities or craftsmanship, they will help organize your shop or workspace efficiently and with flair.
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