Shop Organization storage system

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Project by rockmolsen posted 01-25-2017 08:24 PM 3188 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every once in awhile I get on a cleaning and organization kick. My screws, nuts, washers & bolts were just a mess in a file cabinet draw. Other misc hardware had no real home. I have seen others doing something similar and decided this was a good solution. I also had an empty space between my cabinets that I left so I could sit there on a stool but truth is I hardly ever do that. I got a new lathe recently which took up more space than my old which prompted this rearrange and organize thing in the first place ( see last pic)

So I ordered from Home Depot

4 sets of these storage containers and drew up plans for the cabinet. I used 3/4” ply for the cabinet with 1/2” ply for the shelf supports. The supports are just glued into a very snug dado. Kreg joinery and glue used for the rest. The side panels started just as 2 pieces, routed the dados for the shelves then cut them in half, this kept everything even. I spent the previous day just sorting and putting things in the containers before I started the assembly. I left a spot on the bottom left for a tupperware container I use for unsorted stuff but must have measured it wrong as the container was too wide. I’ll have find a smaller one. I also discovered that the larger 4 ” high ones on the lower right were a bit snug from top to bottom so I merely sanded off some of the plastic molded feet on all 4 corners, just enough to make it fit perfectly. I have a few empty and still room for expansion. Great to be organized again, at least for a little while.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 01-25-2017 08:27 PM

Very nicely done. You probably won’t be able to find anything now. (-;

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 01-25-2017 08:30 PM

Nicely organized shop, I bet those plastic boxes are expensive. I envy you on that lathe.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-25-2017 08:39 PM

1 set of 4 was $32.50×4= $130. Between the lathe purchase and the storage containers and plywood, I ate up most of my years craft fair profits !!!! Hopefully will sell the old lathe this week and get some money back.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#4 posted 01-25-2017 09:25 PM

Being organized like this is great, less time looking through stuff as it is all laid out. I got mine from a closed auto parts place, very little work to do to make it functional but love it!

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

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#5 posted 01-25-2017 10:58 PM

Nice NOVA!

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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Steve Preslar

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#6 posted 01-26-2017 09:03 AM

Nicely done! That’s one beautiful lathe you’ve got, I sure do love mine

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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#7 posted 01-26-2017 10:37 AM

This is a great way to store small parts, etc. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 01-26-2017 11:33 AM

I have repurposed 2 library card catalogue chests and an old lawyer’s flat file. Not quite as nice as what you built, but they function.

I gotta get my new shop finished. I’ll keep this in mind when I expand my organization. I have a couple of drawers full of boxes of screws and nails/ etc. and several boxes of hardware to organize.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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Dan Wolfgang

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#9 posted 01-26-2017 03:05 PM

Yes, this sort of organization is unbeatable!

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#10 posted 01-26-2017 03:15 PM

Everyone’s storage options look great. For me I find that if things have a designated “place” the whole shop stays neater. I still have more to do. Thanks for your comments.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#11 posted 01-26-2017 04:47 PM

Nice. I wonder if I’d ever remember where I put anything, though….

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#12 posted 01-26-2017 04:58 PM

Since I posted this, I actually made labels and affixed them to the handles.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#13 posted 02-17-2017 04:37 PM

Very good Rick. If you had a Harbor Freight around, you could of saved quite a bit of $$ for the containers. I do like the cabinet that you put all these in. Very good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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