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Forum topic by drpdrp posted 04-03-2013 12:30 PM 1916 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2013 12:30 PM

Okay so lots of posts about the meta concepts in shop organization and whatnot… My son once called me a hoarder and I don’t want to believe it is true- but I’ve got a lot of stuff that doesn’t ever seem to show up in other people’s posts. I am curious what you guys do with this kind of stuff:

Weird misc. hardware- the billion non standard screws and bolts and brackets that you pickup over time. Put them all in a bit container and you might as well not have them for all the use you will get… toss them and the very next thing you do will require them. Organize them all into their own little bins and you need to add 100square feet to the shop!

The automotive repair stuff that can’t just live in a toolbox. Oil drip pans, jacks…

Yard crap- same thing.

Rolls of flooring.

Again with specialty tools that don’t live in the toolbox- electrical stuff

House hardware

Crap for the bikes

Anyway, you get the picture.

Man, I suddenly started getting deja vu… did I already post this? Okay- quick sanity check there. I commented on this issue in another thread. I told the person to be aware of it- but did not tell them how to solve it. Helpful aint I?

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 12:58 PM

Oh! I always find a place for those sorts of things.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 01:18 PM

I made a 4ft deep loft over one end of my garage on 7 ft posts. Gives me room to have my bench below and enough head space above to store miscellaneous stuff like the free antique wooden chairs I pick up on the side of the road, rolled sheet of laminate, roll roofing and shingles, etc. The space between the joists gets used for storage as well. I keep screws, bolts, washers etc in plastic coffee containers. I always say ‘I should just recycle it all’ but always end up dumping it out and picking through to get a fastener I need. Must have inherited it from my father.

The one thing I don’t do that our fathers did is save every old nail, hammer it back out straight and run it through the old bar of soap to reuse it. I did that when I was younger but use nail guns primarily now.

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 02:02 PM

helluvawreck, you just made us all feel a lot better, because we do not have that much stuff; but a lot worse
because we not only do not have that much stuff, but we do not have it that well organized, or that much
space to put it. Now I do not know whether to try to build a bigger shop, or try to throw some of this
wonderful junk away so I have room for more tools.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 02:19 PM

I just got up and sat down, had some coffee and read this post first. WOW, how big is this place helluvawreck? It seemed endless…...

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 02:25 PM

@Charles: When was the last time you dusted all that stuff? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 06:18 PM

I try to be really serious about thinking whether or not I will really ever use the thing I am saving. I have decided that if I ever really make the “Maybe someday, after all of the other things I really want to make” project that I will go out and buy new hardware/screws.

I have also had very purposful weekends where I only make stuff from all of the scraps that I have, then sunday night I have a bonfire with the rest.

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 07:54 PM

Built a shed for lawn/garden equipment, kids bikes, ski equipment, etc. That helped a ton.

Partitioned off a section of the basement for storage shelves. Seasonal crap goes there.

One corner of my garage shop houses my vehicle maintenance stuff on a set of shelves.

My screws, nuts, bolts, etc. are stored here:

-- John, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 07:40 AM

Helluva- are you in an abandoned Costco????

Thank you guys for the ideas and comments. :)

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 09:33 AM

Charles, haven’t you contacted the folks at Pickers yet?

I try not to let myself keep stuff too long. Takes up to much space.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 01:04 PM

As my woodworking tool expanded the other good stuff like that seemed to disappear. About twice a year I go through the shop and say yep I might need that some day. After 25 years at this home and bringing a lot of that from my old home, made me realize its not that important. But a mans treasures is a mans treasures.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 04-04-2013 09:56 PM

Clutter has always been my bane in life. I hate to throw anything away (I think there is a mania name for this). It does make more sense today to save stuff because, if you haven’t noticed, everything has gone up in price. Everything has doubled in price over 10 years ago, and replacements cost more also. Can you remember when a 2×4 cost 99ยข and what it is today.

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#12 posted 04-04-2013 10:13 PM

Its an on-going challenge. I am a big fan of those carry along cases that nwbusa has shown in the pic above for screws and such. Besides being portable you can move them around easily if need be.

I have a lot of dimensional lumber accumilating that I’m going to build a lean-to for as well as a Dust Collector.Its been frustrating and a pain to move that stuff around to find room to work during the shop expansion. The big stuff I’m regulating to another storage area that will be under a porch. I don’t have room for outdoor furniture ,grill,etc. in the shop. Enough of a challenge having room for the tools.

I too am reluctant to part with a lot of misc. oddball parts and the like. The minute you scrap them,seems a need arises. The problem seems to be finding that “part” when you need it. If you know what I mean.

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#13 posted 04-07-2013 01:36 PM

I like a clean workshop and I keep it clean. But I don’t throw out everything I don’t need. I’m fortunate to own a 3 level barn so I could collect tons of stuff. The barn has an old out house on the back side (it was originally a fancy 2 seater outhouse). This little room is about 5’ X 5’ and I added shelves to it. I will collect all the extras and put them in that room. When it’s full and I have more stuff to add, I weed out a bit. I will not collect more then the room holds.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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