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The Tool Bag

I had never really found a tool bag I liked for keeping in the bus. If I used a big bag, box, or duffel bag, I just filled it up with useless crap. If I went too small, I could never find what I was looking for.

I realized my problem was just not being organized. I was carrying way more than I needed for side-of-the-road emergencies. I decided to make a tool bag that held only what I needed.

Here`s what I figure I need to keep in the bus at all times. Note that several of the items are double duty.

All that stuff is what I feel is necessary to carry around for emergencies, as well as most junkyard trips. And I had to find a way to organize it into a neat package.

I decided to go with old denim pants for the material. I have a big bag of old Levis I`ve been saving for their material. Good worn denim cleans up nice even when greasy, is durable, and the frayed edges look cool.

I started to plan the layout carefully, marking positions with pencil on a big sheet of paper. Then I thought about the material I was using. Old denim gives itself well to haphazard designs. No perfect organization necessary! So I started eyeballing the pockets and straps, I passed on using pins and doing a neat job, instead holding things together by hand.

That method made things look sloppy and fun. I think it turned out great. I used a couple of pant cuffs for handles and a couple bits of Velcro on the pocket and to hold it closed.

I used this bag at the junkyard last week when I found a BA6 gas heater. It got really greasy and grungy in the process, but I just tossed it in the washing machine (along with the clothes I was wearing), put a cup of Tide in, and it came out perfectly clean. These pics were taken after that...

I marked up a pic of it showing what tools are where: