Work Shop Organization #1: The begining

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Blog entry by ChickenChaser posted 11-13-2015 02:11 PM 708 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Shop is just in the utility room of my house. As you walk in through a narrow hallway it open up to this. I have a little rack I’ve built for my axes, and adze, and acouple of digging tools there. As well as a planner, and a Jointer that we given to me. my buddy got some new ones and he just wanted them out of his shop. Free tools!!!! They are a lot faster then hewing and planing by hand. though I do enjoy hand tool work, I find myself waiting for a time I can use machines to make boards.

Next we see my lathe alone the wall, I built the stand for it, and I am starting to fill it with drawers, as well as my clamp rack. A simple 2×4 screwed into the studs.

Next is my work benches filled with crap. It’s nice to have a lot of work surface as they all seem to fill up on me. but that is part of the project finding a better home for stuff.

Next up is my gun case in behind my hot water heater. Not sure why I always say hot water heater, I believe water heater is enough. I assume that already implies hot water. And again the work suface is filled with crap.

This is just the box from my new water heater cut in half. I sweep up the shavings and saw dust and take them out to the compost bin.

I always seem to have more projects than I can handle going on, so this may take a while. but with every suface filled I need to find a better solution.

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 02:17 PM

While in the middle of a project I use the same organization method. I pile up the tools I am using on a table figuring that if I needed that tool 5 minutes ago I will need it in another 5 minutes. Then when a project is completed I put everything away.

Good luck with your organizational activities.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 06:07 PM

One key to shop organization is discipline. While building a project, unless a tool is used for multiple steps, it’s usually a good idea to put it back in its place.

A tool cabinet like the one I built will help with tool storage and organization. Instead of a one-layer tool storage solution, it will give you a multi-layer solution.

I think if you made a saw till like the one I made you can consolidate your saw storage, have all your saws in one place, and take up less room on the wall … giving more room for other tools.

If you install plywood (5/8 roofing sheathing) walls and painted them white where you have studs, you will find that you will have more places put tool storage items. Where you don’t have studs, add some and then skin them with plywood. Don’t forget to add 20 amp wall outlets on 2 circuits every 6 feet before putting up the plywood skin (see my workshop).

Looking at your clamps, I think you can consolidate them by making.

To get an idea of what I’m talking about, look at my tool cabinet, saw till and workshop. The tool cabinet will illustrate multi-layered tool storage; the saw till will show you how to make a compact saw till, and the workshop has a picture of my clamp wall.

Hope this helps.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 09:56 PM

Thanks for the Ideas! I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate a cabinet like that into my shop. But still keeping the majority of my shop in the layout. I need more space!!! but how doesn’t right

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