Tool storage and charging station: Woodworking OCD

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Project by trasner posted 01-24-2013 03:41 PM 7366 views 22 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think I am getting woodworking Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Symptoms including the following:

A. Constantly thinking about new woodworking projects while at work, watching tv, working out, etc
B. Having dreams about being in the shop
C. Building more and more projects FOR the shop
D. Making any of the following: a storage box/shelf for your sawblades, router bits, brass set up bars, drill bits, and of course building a charging/storage station like the one above.

I wanted my hand tools to be close by and not have to dig them out of their storage boxes. I also wanted the air compressor to be mobile so it is on a base with wheels and a dolly handle ($10 at Harbour Freight). I basically used leftover 3/4” maple plywood from my assembly table. I made the drawers from 1/2” plywood and used stained solid maple for the fronts. I tapered the sides of the cabinet so it did not look so “boxy”. The OCD made me build little storage cubicles in the back to store the electrical cords because I could not have them hanging out the front. That would send me directly to the Psychiatrist : )

I am just being a little facetious about all of this, but these little projects are fun to build and definitely make the shop look more organized.

-- Todd

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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 03:57 PM


Yeah. I’m gonna start drawing something like that up when I get a few minutes.

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 03:58 PM

Good idea ,well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 04:05 PM

Shop organization is crittical to maintaining one’s sanity. Assuming of course, that you haven’t already lost it (like me)!!!

-- 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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#4 posted 01-24-2013 04:31 PM

Looking good, Always good to be organized. I start they way then during a project stuff is everywhere LOL well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 04:45 PM

I self diagnosed myself the same way. Welcome to my world. The dolly handle, or “tow bar” as I would like to describe it is a good idea too.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 05:20 PM

WOW ! I just made a small one whish I had seen this first …LOL… Great Job..

-- Never do anything you wouldn't want to explain to the Paramedics...

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 05:37 PM

Nice job on this. I made my shelves stationary. My tools are everywhere during a project then I have to search for them till I put them all back and start over on another project sand tools get everywhere again… get the picture?

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 10:45 PM

great charging station.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 12:50 AM

thing does everything huh?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 03:34 AM

very nicely done!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 08:53 AM

Great planning and application, your project not only looks great but practical to boot.



-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#12 posted 01-25-2013 09:55 AM

This is just great. I love the simplicity and practicality of it.

One question, how do you handle the vibration from your compressor charging? Does it cause any issues? Okay, two questions!

A definite favourite, thanks for sharing this,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#13 posted 01-25-2013 09:59 AM

Is it just the compressor that is on the dolly? That would cancel out my other two questions!

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#14 posted 01-25-2013 12:35 PM

Todd, It’s CDO, OCD is not in alphabetical order…

Nice cabinet! There seem to be a lot of us in this “hobby”.


-- Richard D. Wile,

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#15 posted 01-25-2013 01:09 PM

Nice setup

-- Dave, from Canada,

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