Workshop Organization

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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 07-04-2013 01:17 PM 2651 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past 4 years, I have been slowly upgrading the workspace in the garage. The goal is to have a space that is efficient to work in; efficiency equals productivity. When getting to tools and hardware is a pain, then the project becomes a pain. The key to this is organization and today I took another step towards getting fully organized.

I had built some OSB cabinets years ago, right after we moved into our house. The storage is great, especially for tools and larger items. Not so great for smaller things and parts organizers. Additionally, I have a variety of different size and styles of containers. I have three that I favor though, and use them to store drywall screws, electrical components and pocket hole screws. Purchased at Home Depot, they have served me well for over 10 years. I’ve decided to standardize on that style and eliminate all other organizers.

-Before (excuse the mess)

It was a problem to stack them in the cabinets for a few reasons, first is that no matter what case I needed, it was always at the bottom or at least in the middle. And because these are meant to be securely stacked, they do not slide apart. they must be “de-stacked” to get the one needed. There has to be a better way.

Using a couple salvaged raised panel bi-fold doors, I created a shelf under the cabinets running the entire length. This will allow for the storage of 9 containers.

Painted black to match the existing paint scheme, it looks as if it was always there. Off to Home Depot to purchase a few more organizers.. and found a Husky version for a couple bucks cheaper than the Stanley, and it has metal latches. The web shows the price at $19.99, but I paid $14.99 at the store (not on sale or clearance).

Now to combine hardware, and get rid of the junk I don’t need!

(Sorry for the poor picture quality, my Samsung Galaxy S3 is really inconsistent with the image quality)

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#1 posted 07-04-2013 02:00 PM

your cabinets look pretty good for using osb, are they 1/2 inch or 3/4

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#2 posted 07-04-2013 02:12 PM

Thanks! 1/2” OSB with pine face frames. I think I built each cabinet with on sheet of OSB.

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 02:51 PM

Interesting that I should find your blog right after I returned from painting the workshop floor, during which I had some thoughts about how I had the shop organized, and how I continued to reorganize it as the type of projects I attempted changed. I have decided that at least my workshop will never remain static very long as my taste in projects wonder hither and yon.

Your shop seems to be in the middle of much the same catharses.

-- John from Hampstead

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#4 posted 07-04-2013 03:09 PM

Believe me when I say that no woodworking shop is ever optimal because we as woodworkers change with time and that requires changes in the shop too, but hopefully we can keep our fixed cabinets and just move our machine tools around.

I recently made a change to better accommodate my marquetry work and after moving everything and making what I thought was some necessary compromises, I found that almost nothing worked! Then I had to figure the whole thing out again, and this time I wound up with a great solution. The key to the whole thing was to move one wall cabinet from a row of six of them from one end of the row to the other to make the alternate machine placement possible. little things count in a small shop!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-04-2013 03:23 PM

It’s always great to get organized. Cleaning up is so much easier when there’s a place for everything. Nice job!

Personally, I subscribe to the hot-warm-cold organization theory. Hot is easiest to access and most often used. Warm is middle. Cold is stuff you don’t use often, so you don’t mind getting out a step stool, walking farther, or moving a few other things to get to it.

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#6 posted 07-04-2013 06:30 PM

You’re making real good progress!!

Looks GREAT… looks like you have a lot more to play in now!


Happy 4th!

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#7 posted 07-04-2013 06:40 PM

Hi guys,

you are all correct, it will probably never be 100%... this shop has changed a lot over the last 14 years. But it’s getting closer to what I think is ideal…

Thanks Joe, happy 4th to you and everyone else as well!

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#8 posted 07-04-2013 06:59 PM

I also favor those “suitcase” organizers. I have three.

Your ideal for creating shelves for them is a good one.

Harbor Freight has a very similar organizer to the Stanley. HD’s price is 19.97 where I live. And a slightly lighter but still pretty robust and similar one at Harbor Freight is around 14 dollars.

It may be an item you can get HomeDepot to honor HF’s 20% coupons on.

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#9 posted 07-04-2013 07:43 PM

That is a very good effort, love your osb cabinets

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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