Setting Up Shop #4: My Paradise

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Blog entry by Rex B posted 05-04-2013 02:15 AM 1590 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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!

-- Rex

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#1 posted 05-04-2013 04:16 AM

Nice set-up. Great attention to detail and pride of ownership in your custom tool holders. Well done!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-04-2013 10:18 AM

Nice shop. Great to make it your own isn’t it??
My only criteria is that it has to be organized and a good place to hang out.
My go to items at easy reach and the less used items tucked away and out-a-sight.
A few personal items to show your personality and of course a beer fridge.

Thanks for all the photo ideas…...........................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 05-04-2013 02:10 PM

Looks great Rex. Very well organized and clean.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-04-2013 02:14 PM

This is all so very well done and thought out and I am sure that you must derive a whole lots of pleasure from every hour that you spend in there. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-04-2013 03:38 PM

great job,well thought out and designed.enjoy your new shop.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Greg D

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#6 posted 05-04-2013 05:15 PM

An organized shop is a productive shop! Enjoy!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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Rex B

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#7 posted 05-05-2013 05:42 PM

Thanks guys! You’re right, the funnest part about having a shop is making it your own. Everyone’s shop is different and that’s why looking at pictures of other people’s shops is so much fun!

-- Rex

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