I moved into my house last May, and I think I can finally say that my shop is pretty well set up. For me, the perfect shop is one in which every tool has its own reserved place. That way I can put my tools up every day and easily find them the next time I need them. I guess you can say I’m a bit of a neat freak, but that’s just the way I am!
I like to make custom hangers for a lot of my tools. They can be a good way to kill a little time in the shop between larger projects, and they look great on the wall. Some are pretty simple:
Others are a bit more customized:
I made these saw holders out of some cutting board scraps, just to look cool:
I built a few clamp racks for various types of clamps. I made sure to leave plenty of room for future expansion!
And one for the small clamps…
Now I needed some shelves to store some larger tools and supplies. I made one out of some random scraps of particle board and pine. I dowelled it all together and it is solid as a rock.
With a coat of paint, you can never tell how crappy the wood was.
I had gotten a half sheet of crappy oak plywood from a friend, so I made a set of shelves to hold finishing supplies and other stuff.
The latest thing I have been working on in the shop is my new air compressor. I got a Makita MAC 2400, and it’s a sweet little machine. I also use a 10 gallon portable tank to give me more air for short periods. I hooked up some valves to shut off the external tank or the compressor, along with a filter/regulator in the main line.
I keep the compressor tucked under a small bench, and to save space I made a wall-mounted rack to hold my portable tank over the compressor. The rack hinges out of the way so I can pull my compressor out if needed.
And I guess that pretty much brings you up to date! On to my workshop page to post some updated pictures!