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Forum topic by Holbs posted 02-03-2014 02:21 AM 1595 views 1 time favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2014 02:21 AM

after a lumber cart and clamp rack.. next up is storing power tools: 3 routers, 3 drills, 2 sanders, jigsaw, circular saw, grizzly track saw, etc. I have some ideas floating around in my head. I searched high and low this weekend to see other ideas and quite frankly, not much out there. There are cabillions of hand tool cabinetry, router stands, table saw stands, paint cabinets, etc. I considered simple box structure with 10-20 boxes inside. I considered station on top of station. How does everyone else store their power tools? Pictures are welcomed.

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 02:47 AM

Plastic shelving unit from Walmart. $36. The webbed shelving allows me to store routers with the bits still installed. Same with my jigsaw. I know, its not the most exciting solution. But I didn’t see any reason to get cute.

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 03:03 AM

i actually have that exact shelving unit upstairs. i’ll consider it as #3 option for it’s ease and availability and to keep the ‘geez gotta organize this shop’ flow going.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 03:03 AM

I have the same problem, and I agree that there isn’t much out there on the internet as far as storing solutions (unless you want a cabinet). I have decided to build a french cleat system and custom make each holder for each power tool. It might be a little bit of work, but I like the idea of such a open and visible system.

-- Wilkerson

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#4 posted 02-03-2014 03:06 AM

I use the end cabinet of my tool cabinet is used to store the track saw, jig saw, circular saw, orbital sander, a couple of router bases and a router. The rest is stored in my shop made cabinets that hang on the wall. See my blog of my garage makeover. May be you will see something that you can use for your storage projects.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 02-03-2014 03:58 AM

Filing cabinets sometimes.

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#6 posted 02-03-2014 06:03 AM

I simply built a couple of shelving units using 3/4 plywood and 2×4s. Each is 8 ft’ long and 2 ft. wide, 4 shelves each. And both have casters. 128 SF of storage space, and cheap :o) Some time down the road I might box in the sides/backs and put doors on them to keep the dust out….

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#7 posted 02-03-2014 07:32 AM

I built mine about three years ago and it has served me very well with no complaints. Very inexpensive
and does not take up much space…..........

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 08:07 AM

here is some of what I have found on the net.there is also alot of ideas on youtube, just type in something your looking for like cordless charging station then start clicking on the side suggestions,and they will take you to all kinds of different ideas.also pinrest and type in wood working or wood shop or… and there is alot of ideas click a photo then click again and you’ll be at the home site for the article. some even bring you back here.
Here are a few.

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 02:52 PM

redryder, that is a dandy solution. I have a spot near my charging station where I can put that in.

Thanks for the idea.


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#10 posted 02-03-2014 03:15 PM

I’ve recently started tackling the tool storage dilemma, and started taking a page out of the contractor’s playbook for dedicated tool storage storage boxes. I have a tiny space under a staircase to store my tools, so trying to organize it has been a pain. Just picked up a Keter-made Husky Cantilever tool box for my two ROS, bench cookies, and all of my Hook-and-loop sandpaper. Not an easy feat since I have over 300 of them in grits from 60 all the way to 320. To fit it all in, I sorted 3 rows after taking out the organizer trays on the top, and stacking them in space left over in the main tool storage box. It made sanding a whole lot easier than trying to dig through my dis-shoveled mess this past weekend.

I picked the Keter-made system because it is stacks nicely with the parts organizer I already have, and because I plan on investing in the Kreg pocket hole system in the near future (Kreg licenses Keter-made 22” cantilever tool storage).

-- paxorion

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#11 posted 02-03-2014 03:18 PM

I keep my handheld power tools either in the original blow molded cases, or in ballistics nylon tool bags, and simply put the cases / bags on a shelf. No tangled cords, and I can keep the accessories with the tool in question. It works great for me!

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#12 posted 02-03-2014 03:32 PM

I should also mention that I’m planning on investing in the Dewalt TSTAK this coming year to store some of my bigger power tools.

-- paxorion

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#13 posted 02-03-2014 05:50 PM

I just picked up a bathroom vanity cabinet from the Habitat for Humanity Restore a while back and am using that.

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#14 posted 02-03-2014 05:58 PM

I went the non-minimalist direction instead. I use 3’x10’ industrial/warehouse shelving. Sturdy enough I can climb up the side of the shelves… yet fairly portable and fully configurable. This set was a steal on CL for $130. Lots of sizes are available. You just have to dedicate a wall to it.


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#15 posted 02-03-2014 06:01 PM

I store many of my portable power tools in a long base cabinet that doubles as a workbench.
My more frequently used tools like routers and the biscuit joiner are stored on mobile carts.

Good luck.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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