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My Journey #2: Storage Challenges

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Blog entry by TexasUnicorne posted 03-01-2018 08:22 PM 1346 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m the type of person who has to be able to SEE all of my tools…. because basically, if I can’t see it, then it doesn’t exist and does me no good. After much research, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to develop a tool storage system that allows me to both store my tools and work efficiently, comfortably, and safely. What I’ve got now is a big, hairy mess… Tools everywhere, cabinets with drawers just taking up space, and massive frustration…. Time to design my own system!

-- *The only people who don't fail are those who don't try. ~Albert Einstein *



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 03-01-2018 08:31 PM

Good luck! My ‘system’ includes a traditional toolchest, cabinets under bench and wall mounted, and even open storage in various forms. But all have conspired to make a great work space in the end.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 03-01-2018 09:02 PM

Like Smitty, I started out with a traditional tool chest, and like you if I couldn’t see the tools, they didn’t exist! I ended up putting everything on the wall.
 

 
Six individual panels on a French cleat system. Everything in plain sight!
 

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HokieKen

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#3 posted 03-02-2018 08:52 PM

For me, tool storage is a never-ending dilemma and a perpetual project. Don’t let tool storage become a bigger project than tool-use ;-) Trust me, it can happen!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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muesli

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#4 posted 03-03-2018 09:41 AM

I like Adams tool carts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWQAYfGxsPE
and I think, a combination with a french cleat system make them even more versatile and handy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igyNCQrVWbw
(here it’s a clamp storage)
Maybe some ideas for you

-- Uwe from Germany.

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TexasUnicorne

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#5 posted 03-03-2018 06:55 PM



Good luck! My system includes a traditional toolchest, cabinets under bench and wall mounted, and even open storage in various forms. But all have conspired to make a great work space in the end.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Thank you, Smitty…. I hope to enjoy the same conspiracy!
-Teri

-- *The only people who don't fail are those who don't try. ~Albert Einstein *

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TexasUnicorne

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#6 posted 03-03-2018 07:01 PM



Like Smitty, I started out with a traditional tool chest, and like you if I couldn t see the tools, they didn t exist! I ended up putting everything on the wall.
 

 
Six individual panels on a French cleat system. Everything in plain sight!
 
- Ron Aylor

Thank you, Ron! I’ve seen similar French cleat storage systems online and I very much admire them. I may try to use something like that myself… I will research it further…. Thanks so mch for the suggestion & support!
-Teri

-- *The only people who don't fail are those who don't try. ~Albert Einstein *

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TexasUnicorne

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#7 posted 03-03-2018 07:06 PM



For me, tool storage is a never-ending dilemma and a perpetual project. Don t let tool storage become a bigger project than tool-use ;-) Trust me, it can happen!

- HokieKen

Thank you, Kenny, for the support and the reminder! I will attempt to stay focused on the end goal (happy woodworking) without getting bogged down in the search for an elusive ‘perfect system’. I definitely feel ya on that level!
-Teri

-- *The only people who don't fail are those who don't try. ~Albert Einstein *

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TexasUnicorne

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#8 posted 03-03-2018 07:08 PM



I like Adams tool carts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWQAYfGxsPE
and I think, a combination with a french cleat system make them even more versatile and handy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igyNCQrVWbw
(here it s a clamp storage)
Maybe some ideas for you

- muesli

Thank you, Uwe! I appreciate the input and will see what parts I can make use of for myself.

-Teri

-- *The only people who don't fail are those who don't try. ~Albert Einstein *

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