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Rob Manley22/12/2018 18:15:33
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I'm asking the ME collective for a recommendation as my searches haven't found anything I would trust.

A casualty of my workshop move was my donated wall mounted storage unit, that contained taps, dies, reamers, screws etc, weighed a ton when fully loaded and was just about big enough. The plastic drawers have started to crack with age and being overloaded.

So, I am after a suitable replacement. I would like to have around 28 drawers of 4"x3"x6" and be wall mounted. My previous one was a sheet metal unit but I'm open to suggestions.

Thanks all, Rob.

Derek Lane22/12/2018 18:50:45
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Have you considered making one from wood that way you can make it whatever size you want. It would not be difficult to construct.

Robert Atkinson 222/12/2018 19:24:07
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I'm a big fan of Really Useful Boxes. They are available in a wide range of sizes. They stack neatly so shelves with 2 or 3 stacked on each and the occasional full depth vertical "divider" to the floor or extra shelf support on the bottom shelf to stop sagging if you have heavy contents.

They are tough (you can stand on small one or corner of a large one) and while not sealled (a good thing in my mind) they keep dust and dirt out. Not completely clear but easy to identify most contents.

Robert G8RPI.

Ian Parkin22/12/2018 19:32:24
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Bisley *. multidrawer filing cabinets 15 drawer ones I use

I have about 20 of these scattered around

you can get them for about £20 upwards depending on condition


* other brands available

Edited By Ian Parkin on 22/12/2018 19:51:50

JC5422/12/2018 21:25:26
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I often see Bisley at autojumbles I bought a couple for £10.00 each a couple of years ago. Well made and take some "hammer".

Chris Evans 622/12/2018 21:35:57
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Plus 1 for Bisley

Ady122/12/2018 22:48:44
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For strength and compactness, Bisley

You can also pull a drawer right out, giving you a metal tray for inspecting bits or moving to another Bisley unit

Comes in 5 10 15 up to 30 drawers

Pete Rimmer22/12/2018 23:25:20
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I also use the Bisley drawer units. For taps, dies and fasteners etc I use home made drawer dividers. I had some strips of 18 or 20g steel cut about 45mm wide, then cut them into sections some equal to the drawer inside length and some to the width. Then I just decide how many dividers I want in a particular drawer and use a mini-grinder with a 1mm disc to cut notches half way across each divider at the appropriate centres. You just slot the short ones into the long ones to make a grid in the drawer.

thaiguzzi23/12/2018 05:22:12
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Posted by Chris Evans 6 on 22/12/2018 21:35:57:

Plus 1 for Bisley

Make that +2 for Bisley.

Mike Poole23/12/2018 09:12:15
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**LINK**Have a look at these units they seem close to your spec.


Ady123/12/2018 11:18:17
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A look at a single drawer

Spanners 20 to 32mm go longways

under 20mm widthways


Pete Rimmer23/12/2018 11:52:54
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Here are the dividers I make for Bisley drawers, as described above. Simple to make and very effective:



Edited By Pete Rimmer on 23/12/2018 11:53:25

Bazyle23/12/2018 12:35:07
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Unless you have a heated and dehumidified workshop metal boxes spell rust both for them and the tools. I would suggest adjustable shelves to allow adaptation and various plastic food boxes.
I don't know where people are finding Bisleys at sensible prices. I've only ever been able to afford a small one and it lives in the study so I know it and it's contents stay dry.

Vic23/12/2018 12:42:09
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I used Bisley drawers at one time but due to the construction it’s inevitable that the bottom of the drawers will go rusty unless you have a completely dry workshop. I’ve had a couple of garage workshops so the bisley drawers eventually went to the dump when some of the tools in them displayed signs of rust. I instead invested in a variety of sizes of clip lock food containers. These keep tools dry in even the most damp conditions. I did put anti rust paper in some just in case but this has proved not to be necessary. These containers are stored in a couple of multi shelf steel cabinets I bought from Ikea. Small tools can represent a large investment so nobody wants them to go rusty and can you be sure that they will always be kept in a damp free environment?

Vic23/12/2018 12:57:01
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These are the cabinets I bought from Ikea. They come with lots of shelves which I lined with thin MDF to prevent scratching.


mechman4823/12/2018 13:06:36
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+3 for Bisley drawers; I bought a 15 drawer one from an auction house for £20...

auction room buy (2).jpg

I have a couple of sheet metal storage drawers for a miscellany of tools but I am in the process of changing them for plastic hobby/ fisherman's / food storage type containers to alleviate as far as possible the onset of rust. I have anti rust paper in my roller tool cabinet drawers; ( plus will be placed in the Bisley drawers ), which have proved a boon, plus a couple of small oil heaters to keep the garage/workshop warm.

SillyOldDuffer23/12/2018 13:10:35
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Posted by Bazyle on 23/12/2018 12:35:07:

I don't know where people are finding Bisleys ...

Used to be dead common second-hand round here - and cheap. Not so nowadays. I think a lot of offices dumped their Bisleys over a 30 year period as computers took over and that source has dried up now.

Might be a regional thing, but after a long search I had to buy a new one!


Pete Rimmer23/12/2018 13:41:00
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Posted by Bazyle on 23/12/2018 12:35:07:

Unless you have a heated and dehumidified workshop metal boxes spell rust both for them and the tools. I would suggest adjustable shelves to allow adaptation and various plastic food boxes.
I don't know where people are finding Bisleys at sensible prices. I've only ever been able to afford a small one and it lives in the study so I know it and it's contents stay dry.

There is a third option - good insulation. My workshop only has an infra-red heater that is only on when Im in there. No dehumidifier either and I don't suffer rust issues. It is however an insulated building which keeps a stable temperature, or at least a slow-changing one.

Vic23/12/2018 14:48:02
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Bisley shut their factory in Surrey about five or six years ago. I think they moved to wales?

clogs23/12/2018 15:30:35
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hope those oil heaters are the oil in rad sort as burning parafin etc actually make moisture.......

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