Storage solutions in a small shop, but we all have small shops don't we?

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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 11-09-2011 01:53 AM 4755 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As most of us would complain I have a small shop so space is always an issue. So much hardware and odds and ends collect and before you know it cannot remember where you put it, or have to look through the proverbial junk drawer, box, or hiding place if you even find it. To help with this I decided to make drawer inserts for the deep drawers of a workbench I built before I went to Iraq for 3 years. Each drawer was made to have 7 1/2” of depth. I made my inserts at 3 5/8” and laid out what I wanted to store then worked out the details for the seperation on each drawer. Not being one to waste wood I used scrap pieces of 1/4 Luan for my dividers and some 1/2 plywood leftover pieces Bearpaw dropped off one afternoon to make the drawers and bottoms. In making the handles I experimented with several ideas finally settling on a handle that drops down to the back. For this I used some precious Mahogany from my Pen Making stock and cut to 5/8 then rounded the edges. The handles are from one of the kids puzzle boxes they broke.
(Scrap is found in many places one has to be creative. I recall my Grandfather saying one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.)

My son sanded for a few hours and then managed to do some nice work in staining all the many pieces. Three coats of poly to make it nice and shiny as he commented and it was done. Nothing like a good Father and Son project to leave lasting impressions in a young mind. His only comment was that this takes a long time and can we do this faster next time? Yes I had the quality verses quanity discussion and as most Fathers can attest, it fell on deaf ears today but will be remembered later…maybe. (Laughing)

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

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 02:25 AM

Great job on the removable drawer organizers. They look like they will be very handy to keep everything within hands reach when doing projects. It’s great that you are passing on woodworking to your son and that you use wood scraps and not throw them out.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 03:49 AM

I assume by Iraq you mean military service and I thank you for that. That’s a great idea making them removable like that. Welcome home.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 03:52 AM

Cool idea!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 12:05 PM

Nice idea for adding storage.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 11-09-2011 04:33 PM

No matter how big our shops are, and a few people I know have enormous shops, they always seem to
get filled up with tools and supplies. My dad’s two car garage that could hold 3 cars and a small camp
trailer is one that comes to mind. Thank you for sharing one more idea to help slow down the slow creep
of clutter.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 11-09-2011 09:12 PM

I recently doubled my shop size and it still is too small… just a few more square feet would be all I need….Nice drawers; you certainly won’t need to buy hinges any time soon!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#7 posted 11-09-2011 09:43 PM

Very Nice!!!
Thank you for serving our country.
Thank you for being a good father.
we need more men like you in the world.

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#8 posted 11-10-2011 05:18 AM

Good build Mike. Since I know your shop and how you think, this is a creative answer to a problem.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#9 posted 11-11-2011 02:33 AM

Thanks Bearpaw, working on Christmas gifts currently, wow the designs in my head and so little time. (laughing)

The rest of the inserts are coming along but as my son said this takes a long time Dad. True, but then Rome was not built in a day.

Drop in when you need to use the Tormex it awaits your chisels with egar anticipation.

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

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