Here’s how I created a tool organizer for my measuring items. It’s got a place for all of the items I use frequently. Slots in the holding blocks keep multiple tools in each spot. It makes it very easy to find things and a quick way to see if you’re missing something.
This is also a location for controlling my compressor. The white power switch remotely turns it on/off. The pressure control valve and water separator are right next to the switch. I used RapidAir for the flexible hose system which doesn’t require any soldering – just cut and slip the hose into their connectors. You can get a starter kit like this http://amzn.to/1SbmOrV. I have two drops for the compressor hose hook-ups – one in this picture and another hangs from the ceiling in the middle of the shop. The compressor is in the attic just above the garage which makes it MUCH quitter in the shop and eliminates a large footprint in my work area.
You’ll see from the picture that the dust collection tubing comes into this location as well. The blast gate mounted on this panel is right next to the table saw and router table. Like the compressor, the 1-1/2 HP Jet dust collector is in the attic so it doesn’t take up floor space and it’s all but silent in the work area when it’s running. It’s controlled by a wireless remote that I clip to my belt.