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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 11-14-2009 08:18 PM 1238 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2009 08:18 PM

If I’m posting in the wrong spot – or should be adding to another thread -forgive me – I looked but couldn’t locate, so I thought posting new would be ok :) I’ve spent the last five or so hours out in my shop/garage, attempting to make my workshop presentable – as well as collapsible since soon I will need to park cars in it. I remember reading a forum post somewhere about tool storage, along the lines of not storing tools in the bags or boxes they come in because they take up too much space. I’d like to ‘liberate’ my tools from these bags as well – since sometimes even I forget what I have stashed in those bags :) I have the under workbench area free that my tool bags were, and some bench top space. Is this something that would benefit by having more shelving or building some rolling boxes for under my table? Are there any good ways of say – displaying them? I thought I’d ask for some input from anybody else having space issues or storage knowledge since I”m a bit of a newbie at it all :) I”ll try to post some shop pics in a bit – was waiting for my camera battery to charge :) Thanks everybody!


-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 11-14-2009 08:25 PM

It would take some searching but LJ contributors have posted many pictures and plans for wall and bench storage from peg board panels to cabinets with layers of swing out panels for hand tools and work benches that fold against the wall.
Pictures of your situation would help but you might do some searching of the past postings.
Maybe some of the contributors who read this will give you a reference to find their postings.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-14-2009 08:31 PM

Becky – I’m in the process of reworking my shop as well. I picked up an issue of Wood Magazine’s special edition called “Best-Ever Home Shop Ideas – Fall 2009”. This has quite a few ideas in it, including building cabinets to keep your tools free from dust (or at least less dusty than out in the open). Another idea I got from this was to use sliding plexi-glass cabinet doors instead of wood if you want more of a display appearance, or simply so you can see/remember where you put something. I recommend getting this magazine issue as it has dimensioned plans and materials lists, but I’m sure you could easily figure it out without those as well.

Good luck – hope you share some pics once you’re done.

-- Life is a one lap race.

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#3 posted 11-14-2009 09:03 PM

Another option would be the french cleat system.
A series of cleats 6”-8” apart verticaly. The make holders, bins, cabinates, etc that have the matching cleat.
Expandable and reorganizable as your collection changes.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 09:04 PM

Fine Woodworking magazine ran a tool chest/cabinet contest a while ago. You can look at that for some ideas too. Some are way over the top, but fun to check out.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 06:40 PM

Thanks everybody :) I’ve been trolling the forums for some clamp storage ideas – I need to get mine up. I keep thinking one of the family handyman issues I have my hands on has some ideas, I just haven’t had an opportunity to rummage for it. I did put up two pics of my one wall shop :D
I”ll have to look into the french cleat idea if I hang any cabinets – it looks like a sweet way to do it – and simple enough so I’m not trying to level and hang a 50lb cabinet at the same time….but for the moment – cabinets are a dream. I’d like to learn how to build them since I have an idea that encorporates them into an island in my kitchen….Plexi-glass fronts would rock too!
I’m just hoping the winter isn’t too brutal so I can get into my shop on school break – but it is OH so who knows?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 06:46 PM

kaybee – I saw that contest! I loved the maple leaf cabinet – if I had those kind of mad skills I’d never put anything in it :D

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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