Workshop organization

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Project by Cory posted 09-12-2009 06:24 AM 45502 views 34 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I set out to get my shop more organized so that when I add tools and hardware I will actually have a place to put some of it. I’m always looking for ways to store things better and thought maybe you guys could use some of the ideas. the first picture is of the area under my workbench. I was tired of vacuuming up spider webs underneath it, so I made some small rolling bins and filled them with plastic organizers. It’s stuff I don’t get into very often.

the second and third pictures are the area to the right of my bench. my clamp collection is tiny, but growing and I needed a better way to store them. I also have subscribed to about 10 different magazines in my never ending quest for knowledge. The shelving above my rolling tool cart holds the most recent magazines/books and some small parts.

I also have a couple of roller stands that were pretty akward sitting on the floor. I made up that little holder and stuck it on the french cleat on the wall.

The next pic is over my drill press and miter saw. It’s just a 1×3 frame with pegboard. I use it to keep my ts fence and miter gauge, some saw blades, and other misc stuff. Lastly, you can see all the stuff I’ve got crammed into my cabinets.

This is a never ending story, so I’m sure I’ll change this around 10 more times. The french cleats make that pretty easy.

Hope it helps somebody and thanks for looking.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 06:42 AM

Nice work on the organization.
I really like the roller stand holder. I have four that I would like to get out of my way. They lean against one thing or another and don’t really fit on the shelf under my work table. Going to check see if I can do something like that, although I am limited by height.

-- Rick... A tree knows more about wood then I do.

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 06:43 AM

I try to stress to the kids, organization equals efficiency. and with limited time in the shop, they need to be efficient. Great job.

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#3 posted 09-12-2009 07:12 AM

Very nicely done, if only I took the time to do the same.

-- Steve, Santa Clara, CA

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#4 posted 09-12-2009 08:01 AM

Thanks for posting. I’ve been working on my shop organization for the past month and you just gave me some good ideas. After seeing our post, I am changing my plan for the peg board and storage above the bench. I was thinking of making pegboard up to 7 1/2 ft. Now I will make that shorter and put cabinets above the peg board, as you have it. thank again.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#5 posted 09-12-2009 08:18 AM

Very nice. I’m in the middle of organizing my garage/shop and can only hope comes out half as nice as yours. I’ll definitely use the roller stand storage, that’s great. Thanks for posting.

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#6 posted 09-12-2009 09:47 AM

Thanks for sharing this Cory. I’m going through the same phase and am in the process of making some simple power tool shelves. They are little more than short, narrow pallets really that let the power cords sit neatly under the tool. I will take a couple of photos now and post them.

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#7 posted 09-12-2009 01:36 PM

This is inspirational!
I love reorganizing my little garage shop… now I have something to aspire to!
I always thought I was neat… but you are incredible! Everything is at hand!
Nice work.

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

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#8 posted 09-12-2009 02:05 PM

Wow Cory it looks like you have used up just about every inch of space here.

Nice job.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#9 posted 09-12-2009 02:11 PM

Great storage ideas,,like your cabs..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#10 posted 09-12-2009 03:41 PM

Now that shop is entirely to neat. Good job Cory. I’m gonna sneak over there and spread some sawdust around. LOL BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#11 posted 09-12-2009 03:48 PM

Good lesson Cory. At a glance I pick up two storage ideas for my stuff. Thanks for sharing.

By the way, French cleats are just great ! Love’em.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#12 posted 09-12-2009 03:50 PM

The roller stand hanger has made it to my inspiration to build someday folder as well.

American Woodworker did an article in November about three years back with a different type of cleat system, but the storage ideas are still great for your future needs. Last time I looked back issues were still available.

I have put up a few of the cleats across my shop walls, and made a few different storage accessories. The latest being a saw till for hand saws.

The author of the article extended his cleats to be at the end of his benches, on the roll around tool carts, etc. That way he can pack anything anywhere and put it where he is working. When finished it can go back in seconds.

-- No good deed goes unpunished!

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#13 posted 09-12-2009 04:21 PM

There’s some fantastic shop organizers great job guys

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 09-12-2009 04:43 PM

Core nice work organizing thanks for sharing you have given me some good ideas, I’m always looking for a better way to do things. i really like the hanger for the rollers, think i’ll make one.

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#15 posted 09-12-2009 05:30 PM

Nice clean, well orgainized work area. That’s a really nice work enviroment. Well done and thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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