It’s so easy and seems to work so well at first, but tool storage shouldn’t be a “shoot from the hip” project
Believe me, I’m one of the worst offenders!
At first I hung tools on the walls on nails and screws.
Easy, quick, yes, but as the tool inventory grew, as it must, that ceased to be useful
Drawers always seemed to be a good way to store things, and I have many drawers, but what’s in them? Clutter and dust.
How can a closed drawer accumulate sawdust?
I thought my central DC would eliminate most of the dust.
But then I forgot, not putting a lot of forethought into the problem, that there are some operations for which the DC didn’t work as well. Breaking down sheet goods with a circular saw, for just one example.
So, somehow, some of that dust gets over to the drawers and when I pull one open, ahh, dust.
And the clutter, of course.
I might have designed each drawer with special fitted compartments so each tool would have a specific place.
But then, I ‘d have to have even many more drawers, huh?
Another mistake I made in designing tools storage was my router bit tray. I didn’t want to put them AWAY away (not handy to the work), so I built the tray as a slanted shelf on the nearby wall.
So what was wrong with the design? It seemed to be a good arrangement.
Until I started loading bits into it. The I discovered that a half inch bit with a half inch shank would fall right through a half inch hole. Argghh. Start over dummy, and this time make sure the straight bit holes would have bottoms.
Having the accessory tools for the table saw near the table saw sounded like a good idea, too.
But, once again, the inventory grew and it was increasingly difficult to have everything close at hand.
You see, I like sleds and jigs and I make quite a few, each having a specific purpose. But they aren’t like Allen wrenches or screwdrivers. They’re clunky and oddly shaped. They need a special means of storage.
The only thing left to do, short of storing them in another room on shelves, seemed to be UP. Hang them overhead, said I, high enough to be out of the way and low enough to be accessible.
How’s that going, you may ask?
Well, it’s a work in progress.
I had a problem with the roof last winter and some of the ceiling had to be taken down, so all that arrangement is being redesigned.
We’ll see what we shall see.
And then there are the clamps.
Let’s talk about that another time, shall we?
As a designer of tool storage, I’m still on the first, steepest part of the learning curve.
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