A journey into the workshop. #40: Organize, organize, organize...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-25-2010 05:54 PM 2728 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of months ago, I added a compressor, and pnuematic nailers to my tool arsenal, which is all well and good. I created a nice cubby hole as it were for the compressor directly underneath the dust collector which sits on a riser stand of sorts…

I did not, however, make accomodations for the nailers, or for that matter the majority of the junk that was on my original workbench… So some cleaning and organizing was in order…

Now for those that don’t recall, I actually have 2 workbenches, a proper woodworking bench based more or less on the Fine Woodworking basic plan (which I am not thrilled with my base, I used Cedar and it is proving to be too light… I am going to redo it as soon as I find some UNTREATED SYP 4×4s that aren’t split, warped, or otherwise junk.), and then I have the beast, a 2’ deep x 8’ wide by 38” tall monstrosity built from stud grade 2×4s, and BC 3/4” pine plywood. Joinery is Simpson Strong ties and screws. I built this bench for automotive work when I first bought my house 9 years ago… This is the bench that is backed up against the wall, and below the peg board…

So the process began with removing ANYTHING that belonged with flower pots, or other garden goodies, and put that stuff on the plastic shelving where all the fertilizer, seed, and other misc garden stuff is… Followed up by pitching out a wide assortment of pre-dried up windshield wiper blades my father in law gave me a couple of years back. (even longer story…).

Well, long story short, a little more than 2 hours later, I have a reasonably organized peg board, although it has stuff on there I wish could be elsewhere, specifically all the painting junk, but I have nowhere else for it…

There is much more to do in the cleanup and organization of my shop. But it sure does feel good to make some progress…
The Pegboard all organized and stuff.

On other misc shop related notes, I have a couple of items coming in that should upgrade, and / or fix things. I have a good used 15 amp motor for the non working BT3000 coming in, I should be able to get it working by this weekend with any luck. Once the saw is up and running, I build one of the Wood Magazine bases for it, get the shims for the riving knife, and the accessory table. My original intent was for the saw to go to a ministry program at my church, but they have a Craftsman contractor saw now… So this will go to my brother in law, who is working on remodeling his house with issues that the insurance didn’t cover that Ike damaged…

I also have a Vari-grind, skew jig, and Aluminum Oxide wheels for my sharpening setup coming in. The Vari Grind and skew jig are coming from a fellow forum member on another forum, and the wheels are coming from, this is the first time I have used them, I will write a review on them once the items are here in place…

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 06:45 PM

I love seeing an organized shop. More pix would be great!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 06:53 PM

Sure looks neat. I like peg board for a lot of things, and I suspect when I get serious about fixing the shop it will play a role. My final design for shop organization is coming into focus in my brain, and I made an organizational entry into my blog this morning. Right now, I have reasonable workbench and floor space if you include my project tables. But I am really short of wall space.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 07:08 PM

I have discovered that when I spend 15-20 minutes when I am finished working…to clean and organize my shop (putting absolutely everything back wheere it belongs) then I feel much better when I start working again.
It would be easy to just leave certain tools laying on the worktable if I know I will use them the next day, but getting into good habits and sticking to them seems to make them second nature. I would feel guilty now if I did not do this.
It is always easy to find whatever tool I need. I also keep every receipt for every tool scanned into my computer and keep all of my owner manuals in a portable file folder. I also have a spreadsheet of every tool I own, when and where I bought it and how much it cost.

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 07:19 PM


Take a look at my Workshop link. (Click on my home, then workshop…). I have updated pics there…

I absolutely agree on putting things where they go. To give you some perspective… I started building my workshop from literally an empty garage with the monster workbench, a mechanics tool box, a circular saw, a jig saw, an old Ryobi router and Wolfcraft table, and less than a half dozen clamps in January 2008.

I have been building the shop up at a rapid pace, and am, well making a place for everything… I am finding stuff that gets used infrequently, like y’all have mentioned, gets put up higher, and stuff that gets used often gets put where it is easy to reach… I have so far to go, but have come a very long way in a reasonably short period of time. Had it not been for some financial losses this past year, I would be a LOT further along, but the pace I am going is keeping it fun, so what the heck… Why not just enjoy it right?

My long term plan for that space by the way, is to make the back legs of the bench come through, to support an overhead shelf, with a flourescent fixture on the underside, and a peg board attached to the back. The length of the bench will be bobbed to 6’ as well to provide some additional room for a shelving unit that I need to store a lot of the small non woodworking related stuff.

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 07:51 PM

Don’t know if you are interested, but I seem to remember a post on nailer gun storage awhile back. Can’t remember who posted it though.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 09:28 PM

I might be. I have a couple more I want. (Coil / Roofing nailer, and the 23 ga pinner). I have some cabinets to build down the road, I was planning on building “pockets” into an overhead cabinet specifically for a nailer at a time… I figure that will eventually take the place of the shelf overhead of my small parts bins. I am still working design issues there, it may end up overhead of the workbench instead…

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#7 posted 01-26-2010 01:17 AM

Thats a nice organized shop.

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#8 posted 01-26-2010 03:06 AM

Love to see a neat, clean, organized shop. It is nice to work in a shop like yours. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 01-26-2010 04:20 AM

Nice looking shop…....I think that mine looked like that once. Oh no, wait a minute….that was when I was dreaming. Seriously though your shop looks nice.

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