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Organizing a New Shop #2: First Steps Toward a 5S Shop

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Blog entry by Myron Wooley posted 2522 days ago 2395 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I got a lot of good advice from the Jock community, and I’m starting to formulate a plan using your great ideas.

The first thing I’m going to do is buy about ten clear plastic bins, the kind with the bear-trap tops, and sort everything into rough categories. Those bins that have nothing to do with routine shop activity go into the crawlspace storage area on racks. The crawlspace is the same size as the shop, with a full slab, power, lights, drains, and ventilation. The overhead is only 5’ high, though.

Those bins that contain shop-related items will be racked on the East wall. This should free up the floor space, allowing me to complete the dust collection system piping and build the tablesaw outfeed cabinet and workbench. (You can see the slabs leaning against the West wall).

Third, I think I will build a 4’ x 8’ torsion-box assembly table, about 24” high. The WoodWhisperer has a very nice video on building one.

Next, compressed air piping. I ran power (220VAC and 110 VAC) down into the crawlspace for a compressor, and also bored a hole through the slab for the air line to come up through. That’s another 10 sq.ft. of shop floor freed up.

One major consideration for me is utilization of wall space. I put in windows on two sides, which is great for light and fresh air, but they cut down on usable wall space, especially when you take the DC piping into consideration. I am pondering putting in base cabinets and countertops alone, with slatwall above for hand tools.

I recall seeing an article in either ShopNotes or Workbench about building custom slatwall and bins. I’ll have to look into that.

PS I really really want an ezee-feed hanging on my wall…

-- The days are long and the years are short...



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Calgirl

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#1 posted 2522 days ago

Myron, Right on ! Sounds like a good plan to me. I’m glad we “Jocks” could help. Insidentally, I saw the same video on the torsion-box assembly table. I want to build it also. As far as the slatwall goes, I checked into them and found the price extremely high. So I decided to go with french cleats to hang some of my wall goodies. I’m thinking of lining the room where I can with a french cleat, thereby allowing me to move wall cabinets at will without all the mess of finding wall studs and holding the cabinet up in order to get the screws in. I also am considering a new idea where I have a “mobile” hand tool cart. I think a four-sided rectangular pedistal mounted on a “lazy susan” thingy and the whole unit on wheels. For my needs, I don’t want it very big, just enough to house combo squares, screwdrivers, chisels, hammer/mallet, etc. That way, it will be easier to keep some order in the shop. Just scoot the pedistal to the assembly table, workbench, etc. as needed. Then everything is put away all the time. Also, I saw Norm’s show on a mobile clamp rack. His rack seemed too large for my needs, but I am working on a smaller mobile model. With something of that sort, again, things are put away while you work. Helps end the clutter, and cuts down on having everything on the walls. Well, those are some of my ideas. I hope you find them interesting.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 2522 days ago

Build one of these in there. Caliper blogged a build and I wish I could deconstruct my monster to build one too. Great shop tool.

BTW, what is a 5S shop?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2522 days ago

doesn’t it feel good to have a plan?? !!!

I’m smiling at the thought of a “crawl space” that is just my height!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Myron Wooley

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#4 posted 2522 days ago

The term “5S” refers to a program that was developed in Japan many years ago.

From the website www.5ssystem.info :

The 5S method has been developed in Japan at Toyota. The program is called 5S, since all steps start with an “S”: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke. Also in English the program can be referred to as 5S:

5S management

Sorting deals with the contents of a workplace, and removes all items that are not needed there.

Setting in Order refers to “a place for everything, and everything in its place” to enable easy access to needed items.

Shining deals with cleaning and inspecting to keep tools and machines in good condition.

Standardizing refers to having standards and rules that everyone accepts and recognizes. Visual management is an important aspect to facilitate easy understanding of these standards.

Sustaining is the continuous process of improvement and further refinement of the standards and the communication with all employees.

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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shaun

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#5 posted 2521 days ago

Right on Myron, a man with a plan. Your 5S methond is a lot more refined than my “get-er-done”.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2521 days ago

that’s pretty neat… I guess that relates to housework, too, huh??
I hate housework.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 2521 days ago

Especially housework, Debbie!!! We are concerned about your efforts there. LOL Great ideas Myron.
Tom

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 2521 days ago

Shaun (and Myron), That 5S is tons more refined then my “get er done – eventually.”

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Karson

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#9 posted 2521 days ago

Or mine leave it there and I’ll find it when I need it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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shaun

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#10 posted 2519 days ago

LOL Doug and Karson. I’ve got a DeWalt 14 volt coless drill that’s been missng in action for about 2 years now. I know that thing never left the house so the “I’ll find it when I need it school” just doesn’t cut it for me. I’ve stil got the charger and spare battery sitting on my work bench. Since that’s the only 14v cordless I own I know that all I have to do is get rid of the charger and the drill wll appear, LOL. Just can’t bring myself to do it.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 2519 days ago

you are so right, Shaun… as soon as you don’t need the drill any longer you will find it!

We couldn’t find the floatie, relaxie thing for the pool all summer.. The day after we packed up the pool this fall, I found it in a closet.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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