I still like those little workshop improvement projects…..they are a nice diversion when you are immersed in a big project. And most of them are created out of frustration with the current state…
Anyways, none of these are pretty but here goes:
You can’t have enough clamps….BUT….it’s always a challenge to figure out where to put them and how to access them quickly. In the basement it’s logical to store stuff in the ceiling between the floor joists, but it is a little awkward to get the clamps down, especially the longer ones….
Had some leftover Fir flooring and built these really basic parts which will work for standard F-clamps or quick clamps:
Used some simple dowel construction and mounted them in the ceiling:
The concept is the clamps are stored at an angle which makes them much more accessible.
In the photo above, the rack in the front is fixed and can hold clamps from 12”-24” long and it only hangs down 4.5”, so no problems with clearance in the shop. The rack behind it is hinged and can hold up to 36”. It hangs down 10” from the ceiling which doesn’t cause a problem most of the time, but could be a problem if I have to move the big band saw or whatever. So it can pushed up and locked in tight to the ceiling if necessary. The photo below shows the spring loaded lock mechanism:
The photo below is a shot right above the workbench, which includes one of the new clamp racks, an angled shelf thing, a simple piece of sheet metal angle for tape measures, and a mag bar mounted at an angle for easier access:
Here’s the angled mag bar:
Also in front of the bench is the bench puck dispenser, which is 3” PVC cut and shaped and mounted to a piece of pine:
It works like a Pez dispenser, but to be honest….by design, the pucks don’t really want to slide out easily….but it still works..
I’ve been building my own dowels and when I setup to cut dowels, I cut a bunch….which causes the next problem…..what to do with all those dowels. It’s ugly but effective, a combination of PVC and flex hose scraps and a few labels and the dowels are sorted by size, again, hanging from the ceiling:
One more ceiling mod, and an idea I stole from my Dad, the drill and impact driver holder. which is just holes that fit the chucks:
I have the Ryobi One+ drills and things and just got the battery charger recall…..which is scary to say the least when they can suddenly burst into flames. Either way, I’ve never liked to keep the chargers plugged in when not in use, but sometimes you just forget. My new solution is to mount the chargers right next the door so it’s the last thing I see when leaving the shop and hopefully I remember to unplug them…..and for the record, the recalled charger is gone:
Also beefed up the dust collection on the big band saw and the router table…..kind of ugly, but works well and both have quick dis-connect fittings:
Now they both have 4” fittings. The band saw gets a new port right under the table and the router table has an optional 3” gate for the fence. Form follows function here…..
Lastly, got a bunch free (odd sized) chunks of 1” MDF and they make great tool holders for the French cleat system…..here’s one for the drum sander:
Enough ramblings…...thanks for looking…..
-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.