Grandkids And The Studio Furniture Movement
The space-time continuum changes when you add the grandkids factor to the intended work progress equation, but that is OK. Rita and I had a couple of the grandsons for the weekend and they spent some time in the shop with me.
I went out to the shop Saturday morning with the 2 boys in tow (ages 3 and 4) and thought that I would finish my organizational efforts in just a few hours – silly me. It took me all morning just to install the ceiling mounted hanger and sort the extension cords.
This turned out to be a great place to store the cords. I did not hang it from the truss because it was not in the right location. I put cross bracing in the attic and hung it exactly where needed.
After installing the hanger and storing the extension cords I decided it was futile to juggle shop work and my duties as a grandpa. So I devoted the rest of my afternoon to the kids and helping them explore their woodworking skills.
I have an idea they may set up tent in the studio furniture camp based on these abstract pieces that they constructed. You could just see the gears turning in their head as they contemplated the construction of their projects. Notice the hard hat that one of them wore for safety.
Sunday was quite productive. Rita did some things with the kids and so that freed me up to get the reorganization done.
Figuring out a system to hang various styles of clamps can be a tough one. The various styles and brands of clamps all require a different method for storage. I knew that I wanted to protect my new wall so I started by screwing five 2×6 studs horizontally to the wall.
This turned out to be a good decision. The clamp collection may change over time and the method of hanging them may change but it can all be done on this foundation of 2×6’s.
The 2×6’s are attached with heavy screws to bear the weight of the clamps which is quite substantial. The dimensional lumber not only provides a structural base for clamp storage, but also provides much needed stand-off from the wall.
I really like the clamps that Rockler sells. They sell a pipe clamp kit and and aluminum clamp that have feet which stand the clamp off of the table. This provides clearance for the handle to turn and also provides for a convenient method of hanging the clamps.
I also used 2×6 material as a baseboard trim. This will provide the wall with solid protection from the mobile bases. I screwed the material to the wall for easy replacement in the future. The 2×6 seems to be the perfect height to provide optimum protection from the mobile equipment.
A Bit of Help
I did not do all of the work by myself. When Rita returned with the grandkids, the oldest one came out to the shop to lend a hand with the organization effort.
A Final Look
I did not get the TV mounted on the wall and there is a list of 50 other things that I could do to create better organization and storage but I need to get back to work. This project did not cost very much because I had quite a bit of the material on hand but it cost me a week’s worth of my time. This effort should pay back big dividends in greater efficiency and smoother workflow.
The clamps were originally piled in the corner and a set of doors that were never used now is a solid wall providing much needed storage.
Everybody’s shop setup and needs are different, but I hope that sharing this organization effort helps give you some ideas for your shop.
Get out in the shop and DO something.
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com