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JeffP

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08-31-2014 11:46 AM

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I’m working on designing my next shop.

Every shop I’ve ever had suffered from the same major problem. No matter how much shelf space I added to the “space”, everything always winds up on top of the work bench (and the saw and every other work surface in the place).

So, I beg you…tell me how to solve this!

For those few of you have solved it…was it a “thing” solution or just a “habit” solution?


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recoveringoakaholic

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 11:51 AM

For me it’s a habit thing. When I first built my shop I was remodeling my home and I needed a specific tool for a job I was doing. After three hours of looking for said tool I stopped working on the house and told my wife I’m going to organize the shop….a place for everything and everything in its place. Now when I need something it’s exactly where it belongs…..unless someone else used it and didn’t put it back.

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 12:03 PM

A habit solution here. I learned many years ago to just stop, once in a while, and put everything on my workbench away before going on to the next step in my project. I was spending more time looking for a tool than I spent using it. I also have most all my wall space used to accommodate shelves.

-- In God We Trust

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 12:17 PM



A habit solution here. I learned many years ago to just stop, once in a while, and put everything on my workbench away before going on to the next step in my project. I was spending more time looking for a tool than I spent using it. I also have most all my wall space used to accommodate shelves.

- Jim Finn

I do this exact thing. I’ve also found a bench against a wall is more likely to be used as a shelf. I don’t know why. Maybe I have mother issues or something. I envy a person that can use a tool and put it back. I try to do it, it just never works.

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#4 posted 08-31-2014 01:18 PM

Make less space where crap can pile.

If there’s less space available for crap to pile on, your projects will be fighting the crap for that valuable space. You’ll quickly force yourself to find solutions for that crap.

-- More is always better. More tools, more power,... oh and more fingers ;)

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#5 posted 08-31-2014 01:33 PM

Use the 10 tool rule. Every time you go out to your shop, put away 10 tools. Eventually, it all gets put away. Until the next disaster happens. rinse and repeat

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#6 posted 08-31-2014 02:06 PM

I just use the still in construction phase excuse! going on over 3 years now and even starting to sound bad to me, that’s it as soon as the basement is finished I will clean up the shop! LOL.

-- Andre of Alberta. Are you Kidding me?

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Yonak

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#7 posted 08-31-2014 02:34 PM

Here is the answer :

http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/page.aspx?p=71736&c=

This bench was introduced earlier this year, on April 1.

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#8 posted 08-31-2014 02:53 PM

For me it is a habit thing as well. I am pretty middle of the road as far as how clean the shop is. I too try to stop once every 10 to 15 hours of shop time and clean up for an hour or so. It used to be bad, but it is getting better. It gets real dirty when I am in a hurry.

As far as horizontal surfaces go, I cannot wait to get more square footage so that I’ll have somewhere to put parts and pieces while I continue to work. I honestly think that an assembly table is going to be very important in my next shop design.

It is absolutely a “habit” solution. Only you can prevent a dirty shop

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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JeffP

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#9 posted 08-31-2014 04:09 PM

I sort of suspected that the successful respondents would all say it comes down to personal responsibility…to which I have but one answer:

We are doomed.


For me it is a habit thing as well. I am pretty middle of the road as far as how clean the shop is. I too try to stop once every 10 to 15 hours of shop time and clean up for an hour or so. It used to be bad, but it is getting better. It gets real dirty when I am in a hurry.

As far as horizontal surfaces go, I cannot wait to get more square footage so that I ll have somewhere to put parts and pieces while I continue to work. I honestly think that an assembly table is going to be very important in my next shop design.

It is absolutely a “habit” solution. Only you can prevent a dirty shop

- TheWoodenOyster


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#10 posted 08-31-2014 04:12 PM

I have a tool tray. I shove stuff into it when the
bench gets too crowded.

Getting clear with yourself about which tools
you really use all the time and making a drawer
or something to hold them is a good idea.

http://lumberjocks.com/Loren/blog/39288

http://lumberjocks.com/Loren/blog/39169

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Iwud4u

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#11 posted 08-31-2014 04:17 PM

I put away as I go. Every time I’m on one side of the shop and I’m going to the other I try to grab something to put away. Not only keeps the shop picked up but saves steps.
Organizing is not hard, you just have to have a dedicated place to keep everything.

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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#12 posted 08-31-2014 04:20 PM

For me, it has been to find a way to organize my tools that fit my personality. I am not a neat freak, and I am not going to spend months building great quality cabinets for all my tools. I travel a lot, so I don’t want to spend all my shop time making things so I can make things.

My shop is a one-car garage with no inside finished walls. So I covered one side of it with OSB, and then I drill in screws to hang every tool I can. Use magnetic bars for others. And then use angled pocket screws to attach 2×4’s for all my clamps. I have an angled shelf unit made to fit my planes (OSB scraps, again). I have it to about 80% of the right organizational setup—I like the fact I can just remove a screw and re-install it in the place I like better. I put all my tools on the wall in convenient places in a few hours.

I agree with the bench location tip. I have a lot fewer tools on my bench in the middle of the shop than I had when it was against a wall. I also try to do the 10 tool rule, and that works very well for me.

I’m still not where I want to be, but I don’t have my old problem of having half my work bench covered with various tools.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#13 posted 08-31-2014 04:25 PM

To be honest, at the present time mine looks worse that anyone. I decided to do a remodel and in the middle changed my mine about direction. Most have already usedthe habit word and that is the key. However for that to work you must have an assigned place for every item. If is pegboard, drawers or storage boxes does not matter. Then you must keep it organized. Stop every hour or 15 minutes and put things away. A small mess is easyto clean up.

Next research organization ideas that will work for you. Go toGoogle and type in “small tool organization” and in the pictures you will see lots of great ideas. I found a web page called WWW.hobbyzone.com that sells some great bench top organization products. Or it might inspire you to build something of your own.

It is a process that you will need to work on till it becomes a habit. Good luck.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Tony_S

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#14 posted 08-31-2014 04:35 PM

I tried putting my tools away….it didn’t work out….

I’d rather build stuff.

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Manitario

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#15 posted 08-31-2014 04:53 PM

more shelves and a commitment to putting things back after you use them

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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