Small Shop Projects #1: In the begining / Marking and Measuring

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 01-09-2009 02:21 AM 993 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have written the following three blogs for the third time now. Originally I wrote them up as one blog, but due to unfortunate circumstances lost both of the previous write ups. I am going to write each one up individuality now….crossing fingers.

I have been working on several “big” projects and in the mean time I have worked on several smaller projects. For the first project, I selected a space on my workshop wall behind my Miter Bench as a new home for my marking and measuring instruments. I have been slowly adding items to the wall over the last couple of months, as I use them. They are made from whatever is on hand. The walnut holder on the left is holding my new Starrett 6” satin finished ruler, a Christmas gift from my kids. The holder made out of cutting board bits is for a Shinwa Try Square, a recent acquisition from the clearance rack at the Rockler in Omaha. I have other implements that need to be mounted, but they will be done as time and my mistakes permit. :)

Measuring and Marking 1
Measuring and Marking 2

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 01-09-2009 04:44 AM

This is a nice idea. It is far better than simply tossing them into a drawer or using pegboard hangers to mount them on the wall. Now can you find some way to make sure they all go back in the proper place after you use them? I find that when I use mine, like pencils, they seem to disappear when I put them down.

This does look pretty good and it is a great way to use offcuts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-09-2009 07:51 PM

this is a great project. It makes the shop feel like home when i do things like this.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 01-09-2009 08:55 PM

Hi sIKE;

Nothing better than an organized shop! (well maybe some things are better, but none come to mind at the moment).

I find between the construction business and the cabinet shop, I have tools I didn’t know I had. And on the flip side, I spent two hours yesterday, looking for tool I don’t own, or at least can’t find.

I’m thinking of cutting back to a hammer and saw, just so I have a complete understanding of what is available to me to work with.

Nice lay out.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 01-09-2009 09:54 PM


Thanks, it does help allot and I am slowly training myself to put things back when I am done with them. One of the goals was to make it easy to get and put op the tool. I am not happy with the combination square tool holder and will re-make it after I think of a better solution. I plan to lay out areas for my hand saws and hands planes also. I saw a real great plan for the hand planes that I intend to borrow one day.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 01-29-2009 07:42 PM

organization. what a concept! Being able to find a tool…. really… huh!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-29-2009 07:59 PM

The really nice thing about them being up on the wall and visible is that when I start thinking how am I going to do that (whatever that happens to be), I can look at the wall and pick the best solution. When all the stuff was in the drawers I would forget that I had a marking gage (for example) and that would work perfectly for this problem. It has been great!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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