After working with pegboard walls for 6 months I have grown to despise the functionality of it. I often do most of my work on the assembly table or my small bench and find that my tools never quite make it up to the peg board and when they do they seem to immediately need to be used again.
As a fan of the TESTED – Adam Savage podcast I came across his concept of using tool carts to get tools out of drawers and into a state of first order retrievability. This is a method I often use at work but never thought about applying it to the shop as I have grown up seeing tools in drawers and slapped up on pegboard. Check out the video podcast if you haven’t seen it (http://www.tested.com/art/makers/536348-adam-savages-custom-tool-storage-stands/)
So the plan…..
1. Devise a list of all the items that I would need to be able to retrieve and replace without even thinking or searching
2. Remove pegboard except for those items which rarely are used (Large drywall T, Large Levels, Plumb Bob, etc.)
3. Have dimensions for the final cart that would compliment the standard height of the bench, assembly table and TS
4. Leave enough variance in the design to allow for future reconfigurations.
With the plan set I worked out a rough design. I originally sketched a triangle with 1” radiused corners but thought the shape would limit the flexiibility in holders and shelving moving forward. I settled on what I am referring to as a “waterfall” design to allow for the inclusion of deeper shelves if needed.
This is the final shape.
Next entry will be looking towards what tools and hardware I will want to store on the cart.