in the workshop #3: Bench organization

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Blog entry by Loren posted 01-07-2014 05:36 PM 1450 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Workbench design - here's my truss-rod bench with skirts and tool tray Part 3 of in the workshop series no next part

This took many years to collect and then a lot of time
to organize it all so I can find most of the stuff I
use pretty quick. The volume and variety of sundries
I’ve found uses for surprises me. Collecting them
saves a lot of trips to a hardware store.

Rolls of tape are stored overhead on the handles
of a couple of big handscrews clamped to an overhead
rack loaded up with mouldings and lumber.

The picture below shows a little shelf I built some
years ago for drills and chargers. It has a hole in
the back rear corner for a laminate trimmer to
sit on, but that space has been usurped by
drilled blocks for files and rasps. I like to keep a
center punch, ice pick and countersink right at
hand too.

I keep my little Japanese mortise gauge on a
carriage bolt inelegantly mounted through the
side of a little dovetailed cabinet I put planes
and sharpening supplies in.

Down in the tool well you can see a fitted
I made recently to hold 5 layout and
measuring tools I use frequently.

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 06:51 PM

Superb supply availability and organization of tools. I really like the use of the covered bins, totes, and boxes to keep the sawdust out. And, I’ll just bet everything is cleaned, oiled and sharpened and back where it belongs, with one last sweep down when you finish foe the day??? I have the organization, but not the array of supplies, and don’t put things away as often as I should.

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#2 posted 01-07-2014 07:07 PM

Not hardly. When I’m in the middle of something the
shop gets real messy, but I’m getting better. What
you can’t see here is the mess of wood scrap on the
other side of the shop and the mess outside. A
well-thought out and organized work space is the
best tool I’ve found. The more refined I get the
system the more efficiently I can get woodworking done.

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