Working On My Shop With Plans and Hopes and Dreams #3: Adding Tools To My Cupboard

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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 02-09-2012 10:00 PM 12151 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m still working on my shop. Unfortunately I’ve had a few interruptions with a honey do list and some work on the house as well as my work for the plant. So it’s moving a little slower than I had hoped. This is not meant to be anything other than a carpentry project and as you can see there is nothing pretentious about it. Its purely functional and practical in nature.

In selecting the tools that I would place here I suppose two of the most important criteria were items that were long and slim in nature and items that were things that I often reach for. Other criteria were items that were small in nature and went together in groups and were better placed here instead of drawers. Drawer space to me is very important and I plan on going through all of my drawers and thinking about what is in them and how to better organize them, perhaps adding trays to some drawers to maximize space.

As it stands I have selected all of my long rules and some other measuring instruments and have placed these in the right main door on the front face. The picture above shows this. I have placed a fold over keeper board and some side spacers behind the board to keep these long rulers contained and from bumping into each other. After further thought I decided to put a set of screwdrivers on this board because it seemed like a good place and I’m often reaching for a screwdriver so this worked out very well.

The picture above and below show a closer view of the keeper door and some of the layout and measuring tools that I have included here.

There are three smaller cabinets just to the left of the main door, one above the other. In the top two I have chosen to put my drill driver boxes, some miscellaneous router bits, some drill bits, brad points, and forstner bits. My drill press is 4 feet to the right and my battery powered driver drill will go in a small cabinet just above the main door. Actually this is a centralized location. If I were standing just in front of these cabinets I would be able to lean over and touch one corner of my workbench, twist a little more and touch one corner of my table saw, and twist to my right and touch one corner of my drill press. So this is quite a convenient location for this cabinet and all this wall space was basically an under utilized section of wall and the footprint of these cabinets sticks out from the wall only about 4 inches. So this space is really utilized now.

In the top cabinet on the left I have put my driver boxes, some individual driver bits, some nail sets, and router bits. I have twice as many forstner bits as what is shown and they all fit in this space but I had just used these to make some tool holders and forgot to put them back for this picture. These boxes are easily moved and stay put in this cabinet and will be handy and safe instead of using up drawer space.

In the second cabinet in the picture below there is one more drill driver bit box, countersinks, brad point drills, and the green box is a complete drill index and set of drills. The missing brad points are over by the drill press and I forgot to put them up for the picture. Again, this is all taking pressure off of my highly valued drawer space. I will be building a cabinet for my router table soon and there will be additional space for most of my router bits in it.

In the picture below you can see what I have chosen to put in the space of the back side of the door. All of these tools are tools that I often reach for or they just fit this type of space, or both.

The next two pictures are closer views of the storage in the back side of the door. These chisels are not my best chisels but I use them quite a lot for various things. I preferred to leave my better chisels in the drawers behind my workbench. As you can see I have two 3/8 drive sets of sockets here also – one English and one metric. Every time I turn around I need a ratchet and socket and this is the center of the shop whereas my mechanics chest is behind my workbench in the far corner.

In the picture above this small space was perfect for my sockets. In the picture below my Keller dovetail templates are in a new safe home and I have never had a good safe place for them.

In the picture below is two spaces between the studs and behind the main door. I have chosen to place here the planes that I reach for most often. I will make secure wire covers to insure that nothing or no one can get into the wires. The plane keepers are not quite finished but the planes actually seem to be quite secure without them.

The picture below shows two additional spaces between the studs. In the one on the left I have placed tow sets of nut drivers, one English and one metric. There are also two sets of balldriver Allen wrench sets. In the right space there are a dozen or so pliers, cutters, and vise-grips. I use these often for various jobs.

The picture below shows a close up of these last two compartments.

I am very pleased with how these cabinets are turning out and I have no doubt whatsoever that they will end up saving me much time. Best of all I have used very little floor space.

I really do appreciate you visiting my blog and reading about my shop improvements. Thanks for stopping by.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 02-09-2012 10:21 PM

very nice indeed charles

that’s allot of stuff
in a great folding space

is there and index
i didn’t see one in the pictures

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 10:21 PM

Hi Charles, you did a fantastic job on that storage unit. I’m amazed at all the tools you have stored there and in such an organized way. I know it takes a lot of initiative to get that kind of work done, but I know you will get a lot more out of your shop space now. I really feel my shop needs some good ideas like yours, I have a few ideas about how to improve it, but I’m not as energetic as I was even a couple of years ago, so I’m not sure it will ever happen. I hope you fine great pleasure working in your renewed shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 10:28 PM

Wow Charles, talk about tools standing to attention . you got them packed away there really neat. Man, you could almost put price stickers on them and open a store.
Not only have you found a good way to pack away your tools, you have also created a display for them too.
Can’t wait to see where you stash the band saw. :-)
Well done, great use of unused space.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 10:35 PM

Looks like good use of space. Keep push’n on, the results will be well worth it.

I may have to find a way to incorporate some of your ideas into my shop. I’m currently in the process of setting up my shop. I have a blog going if you are interested.

Thanks, for letting me peek in on your shop & watch the progress.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 02-09-2012 11:14 PM


I don’t think I’ve seen planes stored that before… NICE!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 02-09-2012 11:19 PM

Charles, your shop is coming alone.

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#7 posted 02-09-2012 11:36 PM

David, if you mean a drill index the answer is yes. It’s the green box that is stored at a slight angle so gravity can help keep it in place; if you mean index as in the index of a book then the answer is no. Remember? My wife calls me Pigpen quite often sooooo , no. I’m not quite that organized.

As a matter of fact my wife has honey do things for me to do and is wondering where this is is all going. How in the hell do I know where it’s going? And I quite told her that. Don’t worry – she’s used to it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 02-09-2012 11:42 PM

well then i started wondering if you had a ‘talking computer’
to help locate things

but a wife that tells you where things don’t belong
is probably better

and is easier to do

or else !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 02-10-2012 12:19 AM

That is a real nice set up. Way to go!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 02-10-2012 01:10 AM

Great storage… and neat too!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 02-10-2012 01:27 AM

Thats really a neat and organized idea.

-- Dave, W.V.

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#12 posted 02-10-2012 01:49 AM

Totally WOW, it just kept getting better as I read further. Excellent stuff, thanks for sharing those ideas!

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

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#13 posted 02-10-2012 02:06 AM

This is looking terrific! Love how you have everything set up. Great job on it, thanks for the update!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#14 posted 02-10-2012 02:13 AM

Awesome looking project, there are some ideas in there that I will be stealing. Hope you dont mind.

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#15 posted 02-10-2012 02:28 AM

Absolutely fantastic use of space, Charles! I envy your organizational skills!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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