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Forum topic by Jerry posted 07-11-2013 01:49 AM 695 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jerry

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07-11-2013 01:49 AM

I visited with JB, very nice guy, at his shop where he sold us an awesome shaper last year. When in his shop I noticed he was fairly organized and made use of these 4’ tall 4 drawer filing cabinets where he kept hardware, misc tools and even routers, shaper cutters and so on. I got to thinking about that, our organization is basically MDF wall unit that had gone wrong so we inherited it. Tons of dust gets on everything and the shelves break under excessive weight. I am always all for better storage and organization, especially on the cheap.

So during Father’s day I bought a very nice Husky mechanic’s tool box on sale at HD for 298. The tool box is very nice actually and perfect for me, it is very large, about 66” tall and 42” wide on wheels. I loaded that guy down quick.

Still needing a ton of other stuff to find good secure dustless storage for, I made my way to a school auction today. I love live auctions for some reason, they are fun! I only wanted heavy duty 4’ tall old steel filing cabinet drawers and I wanted 1 taller 7’ by roughly 3’ wide 2 door cabinet for haz mat storage. Within the first 5 lots I spent my 120.00 budget I set for myself and I managed, to my own surprise, to win 14 heavy duty 4’ tall filing cabinets and I even managed to win a total of 4 seven foot tall by 3’ wide 2 door cabinets. So next week I am going to spend time organizing our supplies, tools (routers, power tools like drills, etc.), lacquer, paint, just a ton of stuff. These filing cabinet and tall cabinets will serve a perfect purpose for organization. Please stay tuned to this thread as next week at some point I will add some pics of my shop organization venture.

I did actually set my limit at 120.00 and I nailed that limit exactly. But I almost went over as I was tempted and tried to win the bid on a heavy duty floor model Rockwell drill press, I stopped at 60.00 and the winning bid was 70.00. Oh well… I just left and went to get our trailer :)

I do have a picture of our mechanics tool box

Thanks for the organizing ideas JB.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net


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Jerry

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 02:42 AM

This is a pic of the beginning of our organization starting on Fathers Day. But the real score was the filing cabinets I bought today at the auction. More pics to come next week.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 07-12-2013 12:01 AM

Jerry, hopefully, you will take “before” as well as “after” pix for our edification! lol

-- Art

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Jerry

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#3 posted 07-12-2013 12:06 AM

Yeah, I will. Because it is mostly a thrown together mess with dust on everything.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Jerry

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#4 posted 07-12-2013 11:38 PM

OK, so I was anxious and went to organizing today. Here are some before and after pics.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Jerry

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#5 posted 07-12-2013 11:41 PM

more after pics

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#6 posted 07-12-2013 11:49 PM

Looks good Jerry

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jerry

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#7 posted 07-13-2013 12:02 AM

Yeah, I am excited. Crazy how some very small things can get me happy like this. I had been wanting a better organizational plan for a long time. I actually had been storing our paint/lacquer products in wood shop cabinets we built. Now those products are inside 2 large 7’ tall cabinets. Down the road I plan on buying real hazmat lockers for our lacquer/paint storage. But for now this will be a major upgrade over what we have had.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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AandCstyle

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#8 posted 07-13-2013 12:12 AM

Yowza!!! We will have to start calling you Mr Clean! :D Great job.

A clean shop is a safe shop, maybe you can get your insurance agent to cut you some slack. :)

-- Art

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Jerry

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#9 posted 07-13-2013 12:13 AM

yep :)

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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cabmaker

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#10 posted 07-13-2013 01:36 AM

Looks like home Jerry, enjoy ! JB

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Jerry

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#11 posted 07-13-2013 02:01 AM

Thanks JB, it was long overdue. I was afraid after doing this that I would be lost in our shop trying to find anything so I marked the filing cabinets with black magic marker indicating what is where… Now it is just a matter of putting things away after we are done.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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redSLED

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#12 posted 07-13-2013 02:12 AM

I was alarmed to see there’s a small piece of plywood (?) lying on the floor in front of the big black cabinet. And #3 file cabinet of 6 isn’t lined up at the bottom within an 1/8” with the others – gotta get on that right away before it becomes a bigger problem, LOL. Otherwise looking fairly organized.

But now with everything put away, can you pull out a quick clamp, a mallet, a chisel, pencil, measuring tape and small combination square calmly in less than 15 seconds?

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Jerry

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#13 posted 07-13-2013 02:14 AM

redSLED did you say I need to be able to find a tool within 15 minutes, probably can do that. :) lol

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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redSLED

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#14 posted 07-13-2013 02:34 AM

Just posing the question if you can pull out 6 tools in total in 15 seconds to start a job. Only mentioning it because it looks like you have everything stored away for safe keeping instead of quick-using – but whatever works for you is best!

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Jerry

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#15 posted 07-13-2013 02:47 AM

Yeah, safe keeping. :)

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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