Inner Tube Tool Roll




Introduction: Inner Tube Tool Roll

It is always a good idea to have some basic tools on hand or in your car. Not being a fan of a  heavy noisy toolbox in the back of my car, I made this easy to stow tool roll that won't let the tool scratch and hit against each other making a noise.

The Tool roll can also be attached to a bicycle or be used to store different objects such as n knife set or tent pegs.

Step 1: The Tools

Tool are what separates us for pre tool equipped cavemen, well that and computers, the  internet and everything else.

So in my basic tool I have included.
- 2 Metric open-end spanners sized 10 - 13 and 17 - 19
- Adjustable spanner (Mine's very old and made by Ford)
- 3 Screwdrivers (2 Flat and 1 Phillips)
- Simple Pliers
- Utility Knife and spare blade
- Cable Ties and about a meter long piece of steel wire.
- Lighter
- Permanent Marker.

Step 2: The Tools of the Trade

To make the tool roll I use the following tools and supplies

- Large scissors
- 600mm Ruler
- Glue Brush
- Chalk

- Contact Glue
- 2x 26inch Bicycle tubes
- 13inch Car Tire tube (Ended up using only a small piece for the strap)
- 120 Grit Sandpaper (Not shown)
- Electrical Tape

Step 3: Everything Have to Have Its Place

I grouped some of the tools together so that less pockets and a tighter wrapped up package at the end.

When the tools where grouped up, I took my first inner tube and made my separate pockets, long enough so that it will hold the tools but short enough so that one will not be digging around to remove the tool from its pocket. I also added about 15mm(9/16'') extra because the end will be glued and folded over.

Step 4: You Must All Stick to Together

To close the ends of the tube I sanded the insides of all the pockets and rubbed some glue about 15mm (9/16'') in and following the in instructions written on the glue can. The glue was left to dry and the end where flattened.

While I waited for the glue to dry, I started by cutting the backing piece of inner tube 500mm(20'') long. The math was my 7 pockets was about 50mm(2'') wide plus an extra 150mm(6'') for the flap. The extra piece will ensure that there are no tools exposed. The tubes where then cut open length wise to form a single back layer.

If you are planning to make a tool roll with much more pockets than I did, then I just what to mention that you can extend the backing so that you can add some pockets on the opposite side of row of pockets. 

Step 5: Back Up

The backing is whats holds all the pockets together and what later forms the outside of the roll.

When the glue dried on the inner of the pockets, I pressed the tubes flat as seen on the previous step. 

The next steps is the gluing of the pockets to the backing. To do this I sanded and glued about 15mm (9/16'') on each pocket flat side to the backing.

Once the pockets the are glued, I glued three other backing strips with a 8mm(3/8'') overlap. 

Step 6: The Flipside

Once all the pocket and backing is glued, its time to glue the pockets in its final position on the backing.

To do this I first folded and held the pockets in place and marked the position with my blue chalk block. Once I had the marks I sanded and brush on some glue to the pockets and the backing.

Once the glue dried I folded the pockets into place and for neatness I taped the seam together where the pockets meet.

In my final act of neatness I trimmed the edge of the backing so that everything was in line and square.

Step 7: The Home Straight

Once I was finished, I repacked the tools into there own pocket.

To close the roll you have to flip the top of the backing over and start to roll on the side of the tools so that the edge with no pockets will the on the outside.

The very last thing to do is make the strap that holds the roll from unrolling. My strap was made from a cars inner tube because I didn't have any bicycle tubes left.

The ends was cut and glued back together to form the strap.

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    5 years ago

    Good idea. I made one for mi bike tools with some extras.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    nice. I made a waxed canvas tool roll, it took me ages as I am not very good with a sewing machine, left it in the workshop and it went mouldy. I bet there is a lot of great stuff you can do with car inner tubes when you see them as a source of flat pieces of rubber.


    11 years ago on Step 7

    clicked "like" and thumbs up!!
    but wouldnt the tubes gets sticky over time?
    How long do you think it will last??
    It was a very good effort nonetheless


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    you can always spread a little bit of baby powder over the tubes before you make the tool holder as well as any time it starts to get sticky...also a good idea to powder up your tubes a little bit before you put new or patched tubes into tires and pump them up


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice man. I needed something better to hold my tools in my car. You wouldn't happen to own an old Vw would you?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    That looks like a haZet wrench, part of a stock Vw toolkit. Also with those tools you can disassemble most of a beetle. I drive a 67 beetle.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Well my brother owns a 1976 Beetle 1600s with the rounded windscreen. He doesn't have a toolkit. The wrench and the pliers with dull chrome finish came from a Mercedes-Benz toolkit since Mercedes-Benz name was forged into the wrench and are similar to the kit from a W124.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the like, thumbs up and comment. A friend asked me the same but the way I see it is if I wipe down the tools after uses so that oil and grease doesn't transfer to the roll and if I keep it out of the sun, then it might last a lifetime. Just to add a thought the car tire tube seen in step 2 came from my Austin A35 and the tires and tubes where made in Southern Rhodesia and that was between somewhere between 1961 and 1979.