allen key storage

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If a guitar comes with a bag or a case they go in there and stay forever. My tool bag has a huge set of keys that get used when I need to adjust.
 

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I buy a full 'master' set of imp and metric allen keys in a plastic storage case.
I then make a note of the ones I use often and buy extras which go into the guitar tool box.
I cannot abide going to the master set to find the one I want is missing... ;-)
Also the extras can be driver style, T handle, extra long etc. to suit their intended usage.

Same thing with spanners, sockets etc - a Master set and extras in kits for other usage.

Get a decent tool cabinet with drawers.
 

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At home: (Asian take-out) food container in garage on bench. Mint tin on desk in 3rd floor guitar room. At work: untidy pile on top of the big buzzing box in the electrical room next to the (Asian take-out) food container at the moment.
 

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Good Lord! Until you asked, I had no idea how many allen wrenches I had (and where).

1) Magnetic holder in attached garage
2) In rolling mechanic's tool box in detached garage
3) Toolbox in truck
4) Drawer and top of reloading bench
5) Guitar drawer (my homemade gizmo works on my Strat and laser sights)

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How do you store your allen keys?I have a couple of sets,but all the ones that somehow end up on my workbench I would stick in a block of styrofoam.But thats falling apart.And those are the keys I don't want to search for.
Magnet tool bar, knife bar, gun box magazine magnet, etc. Magnets are very handy for tools, especially small metal tools like allen wrenches.
 

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Another vote for the folding sets. I have one for imperial, one for metric - done.

All the loose ones including ones that came with unassembled furniture are in a draw in my toolbox
 

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Little holes in the guitar. Tight enough to hold 'em securely. Along the back edge where the strap covers 'em up. That's certainly no worse than relicing and unlike relicing it serves a real purpose. If it's a real beater guitar you could keep your screwdrivers, truss rod wrenches, fret files, etc right in the body where they'll always be handy.

Or if you're a fuddy-duddy who worries about resale value stitch a little holder on your strap. Then it's always handy for on-the-fly adjustments, mid-song if need be. Use 'em as as the newest effects rage.
 

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Three methods. Firstly I use a lot of replaceable hex bits. They live in a plastic box, the type of box that takeaway food comes in, along with all the other replaceable screwdriver bits. Ordinary L-shaped Allen keys live in another plastic box. Occasionally I sneak up on the boxes and give them a squirt of oil to stop the metal rusting.

The third place is in the guitar case. I’d hate to arrive at a gig and not be able to adjust a bridge saddle or truss rod.

I’ve just remembered a fourth. This guitar is headless, and has a bastardised Overlord of Music bridge. I was worried that the tuners might stick, and I might not be able to adjust the tuning in the middle of a gig, so I added an Allen key which is held in its hole by a neodymium magnet:

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How do you store your allen keys?I have a couple of sets,but all the ones that somehow end up on my workbench I would stick in a block of styrofoam.But thats falling apart.And those are the keys I don't want to search for.
Mine came in a heavy duty case. They get used, then put back in there. I hate looking for tools in my shed, it looks like a cross between some sort of horrible science experiment went very badly, and a train wreck, in there.
 

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How do you store your allen keys?I have a couple of sets,but all the ones that somehow end up on my workbench I would stick in a block of styrofoam.But thats falling apart.And those are the keys I don't want to search for.
In a drawer of my toolbox. The small to medium metric and standard Allen wrenches came with a plastic holder for each wrench and one set has a bunch of different sizes that fold in and out when you use them. The ones that came with guitars are in small ziploc baggies and in the guitar cases and gig bags for each guitar or bass. I'm more of a player than a tech, but I do adjust truss rods, set the intonation and change strings when necessary.

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The two sizes that I use most are 1.5mm and .050” to fit saddle height screws. I painted the middle of a bunch of the metric ones blue, and the inch ones red; and I put some in either end of the top of my guitar tool toolbox. I have plenty of spares that should last me a few years. They are handy, I instantly recognize what they are for, and easily differentiate the two sizes.

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