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Project by Richard W. Hyman Jr posted 09-20-2016 04:47 PM 2258 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after three years of living in Korea and my entire woodshop existing as a 4’x9’ patio, we retired and moved to Las Vegas where I now have a garage! :) Well, I got so excited at my new space that I threw all my gear in there and just started working on projects I wanted to play with. After about 6 months of this I realized that I really could get much more done if I got my tools up off the floor and cleared some space off my single workbench.
But I had no idea how to organize when I actually had this much room to organize with.

So I put all my “want to do” projects on hold and I did my research looking on here and google and youtube for how all of you guys organize yall’s shops. And I want to thank you all for posting pics of what you have done for your shops because it really set me on the right road to getting my shop organized.

The new workbench was the lions share of work (and yes, it was kind of a play project as well). But this organizing has made moving around in the shop as well as finding a particular tool infinitely easier and more efficient.

Next up is going to be a couple of rolling cabinets to get my chop saw and scroll saw up off the floor, build the cabinet to fit under my new work bench, and replace the top on the old one. And replacing all the jigs I left in Korea.

And thanks to Jay Bates for the plans for the workbench and handtool wall, April Wilkerson for the French Cleat system, Steve Ramsey for the bar clamp holder, and Amy at hertoolbelt.com for the cordless drill station/radio shelf. :)

Thanks for stopping by and any suggestions from you guys about shop organization would really be appreciated. It doesn’t show in the pictures but I’ve got a huge load of cutoff lumber pieces occupying the first three feet of space on either side of the garage and I need to figure out how to organize that.


VR,
Richard

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams





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PrimoCarpentry

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#1 posted 09-20-2016 04:59 PM

Hey Richard,

Organization is an issue very hard to pursuit but is a benefit that you have clearly realized.
It is hard to keep organized, but it is a kills time when you don’t have it done.

Thanks for the share.

-- Wilson, Principal for http://primocarpentry.com

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granite

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#2 posted 09-20-2016 05:37 PM

Great job on the work bench!

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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majuvla

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#3 posted 09-20-2016 05:57 PM

Wery well organized. My shop is similar size so I know how difficult is to organize all to be on hand ready to use.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Underdog

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#4 posted 09-20-2016 07:56 PM

You’re doing great. Wish my shop were that well organized.

Hey check out Steve Johnson’s class on 5S organization method at Popular Woodworking University (More Space and Time in Your Shop).
I’ve found it to be very helpful as I try to corral all my “stuff” into some semblance of order.
https://classes.popularwoodworking.com/catalog?label=Workshop&value=Shop%20Organization

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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trevor7428

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#5 posted 09-20-2016 10:58 PM

What part of town do u live on? I live in Las Vegas too. Check out my shop photos from my profile. Finnaly got my dust collection set up the way i wanted it.

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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Combo Prof

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#6 posted 09-20-2016 11:37 PM

Well these days I been also trying to re-organize. One space I covet is the wall covered by my clamps. I am not sure what to do… but hanging clamps against the wall like you and I also do is not it. Clamping them over head to the rafters and waiting for them to fall on my head also seems like a bad plan. I am thinking that a bucket or bin for the small clamps under 18”, that can be brought over to the work place so that the clamps can be taken out and put back might be best. The bin to be returned to shelf. The large clamps which are not used very often to be just bundled together stored in a corner. Except I have no corners left. That leaves the medium 2’ to 3’ clamps with no home.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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nick9399

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#7 posted 09-20-2016 11:54 PM

Looking great brother. So glad you have a real shop now.

-- Nick, Korea

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 09-21-2016 01:38 AM

Ah organizing the shop, this is a lifetime pursuit that will create projects all by itself…. forever.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 09-21-2016 03:13 AM

Now that’s a nice shop!
Are you trying to make me jealous?

Remember that a clean shop is not a good shop … it needs sawdust and shavings to make beautiful!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Durbs75

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#10 posted 09-21-2016 12:36 PM

Organized chaos is the motto in my shop!!! Great job on working with the space you have. Keep things mobile and up on walls that way you have the floorspace to stage and work on projects. Great job and keep updating your progress!!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA, http://cdnaturalcreations.weebly.com https://www.facebook.com/CDNaturalCreations/

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Andre

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#11 posted 09-21-2016 02:20 PM

Think I need some help with my shop! Looks good. How you liking retirement?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 09-21-2016 02:31 PM

Richard, You are doing a wonderful job on your shop organization. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#13 posted 09-21-2016 05:45 PM

Underdog,

Thanks for the link, I appreciate it and will check it out!

Richard

PS: Love your quote.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#14 posted 09-21-2016 05:47 PM

Trevor,

I live up on the NW side near Aliante Casino. Love the area, but it makes it real hard to make it to Woodworkers Emporium or Petersons Lumber before they close. lol
I will take a look at your shop for ideas.

Thx,
Richard

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#15 posted 09-21-2016 05:48 PM



Looking great brother. So glad you have a real shop now.

- nick9399

Nick!!!!!

Retirement has been awesome! No PT…being able to make sawdust…. The whole having to grow up and not live in family housing kind of blows but it’s been fun! You guys gotta come out here!!!

Buster

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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