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Forum topic by tozzy posted 10-15-2012 05:41 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2012 05:41 PM

hi fellow lumberjocks

this is my first post so wanted to start off by saying a big hello to you all been lurking around for a while and decided to sign up and start joining in the chat at such a brilliant resourceful site

have created my workshop info in my profile and I am really in need of some help in how to sort it out and tool placement and would really like if anyone can help as I am complete newbie but a fast learner

thanks in advance to any feed back you all can give me, and as I change or organize my shop I’ll be posting updates so any one else can learn from my process

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#1 posted 10-16-2012 12:50 PM

Well been there lol…in time things will find there a cabniet for all those spray cans an glue bottles..keep all the sanding stuff togather…need blade an router bit storage…a few guys have posted projects for that..take a look at some of the shops …lots of ideas there..we are glad to help…all of my tools are on wheels so i can move them around if i need to..


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#2 posted 10-16-2012 01:11 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Not to bad of a shop you have there! A little cluttered but other than that it’s pretty nice.

My first focus if I were you would be organizing everything. I personally like to have most of my things is drawers and out of sight. But, on your open faced cabinet that runs along the wall you could get a bunch of correct sized tupperwares to put everything in and label them. Like kize said, group everything together, everything.

Looks like it would be simple to add a shelve under your workbench. Maybe if you don’t want to do alot of drawers I would seriously consider a few shallow under right under the workbench top that you could put all of your small but often used tools that I can image are hard to find at times. Things like pliers, hammers, chisels, screw drivers, tape measures and so forth.

In one pictures I see up abover your router table some empty shelves! Put some stuff there instead of on your workbench. I have a video of my shop tour that shows some of the ways I try to stay organized, maybe you could get some ideas and inspiration from that.

Tool placement looks pretty good other than all of the misc. item placement on top of your tools lol Maybe get it sorted through and post another picture and then we’ll be able to work on tool placement.

Here is a link to my Youtube channel.

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#3 posted 10-16-2012 01:47 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

The guys here will give you good advice about placement and such. The only thing I am going to suggest is that you put locking wheels on whatever you can so that a “refit” of the shop for different projects (and it will happen), can be easily accomplished, also if you have a project that can be temporarily worked on outside, then there is no problem.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 05:46 PM

Welcome to LJ.

I second the wheels comment. Almost everything in my shop is on wheels.

As for the shop layout, tool placement, etc. please go to my LJ web page. You are about where I was a number of years ago. I have a very through write up as to how I built my shop and laid it out which I believe that you would find of considerable benefit. Again, welcome to LJ.


-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 10-17-2012 01:18 AM

I agree with previous posters that you should organize your tools-a place for everything and everything in its place. Also, accidents are more likely to occur in a cluttered environment.

Once you decide on the types of projects you want to undertake, it will be easy to group your tools accordingly. Will you make keepsake boxes or kitchen cabinets? Once you have worked through a couple projects, you will understand which tools should be grouped together.

Finally, I saw a shop vac, but you will need a dedicated dust collector. It should be located in a centralized spot in the shop to keep the runs as short as possible. A good reference for you would be Setting Up Shop HTH

-- Art

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#6 posted 10-17-2012 01:22 AM

Grizzly has a web tool to help with layout on their site. Pretty easy to use and can give a scaled drawing/plan.

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#7 posted 10-18-2012 01:18 PM


Like Roger said; locking wheels for your big stuff, so you can change things around depending on the type project you will be working on.

I use a lot of cabinets in my shop. You can pick up used cabinets here or there and not put much money into them. Wall cabinets for storing all your small stuff and base cabinets work great for making your workbenches and storage for hand tools.

Focus first on organizing all your small stuff. Find one area for things that don’t have anything to do with your woodworking (Automotive stuff, lawn and garden stuff, etc).

Put all finishing products in one cabinet (that actually should be a metal cabinet), put all routers, router bits, wrenches, bases,guides etc. in one cabinet or drawer. Another words, the more you can group things together and find a home for it, the more you will be able to organize everything to clear off benches and tables, and it will be easier to find and use each time if you designate a place for everything.

Once you have all the small stuff picked up and organized, you will have a much easier time deciding where to locate your big tools and how much actual working space you will have in your shop.

-- John @

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#8 posted 10-18-2012 01:38 PM

Welcome! Really nice shop! Lots of potential there.

My advice, watch “Leave It to Beaver” re-runs and do what Ward Cleaver does. Have a family meeting and tell everybody in your family that if something hasn’t been used in ONE year that you will be getting rid of it.

Take control of your household!

Let me know how this works for you. I’m dying to try it.

-- jay,

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