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10-05-2014 12:36 PM

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For now I have a “drawer” that is 12” deep 6’ wide and 36” front to back. It rolls on the floor with fixed casters and goes under the shelf beneath the work bench. It is somewhat convenient as I can pull it out with my toe bend over, choose a tool and push it back into place. I have not established a place for each tool and so they go in haphazard most of the time. winding the cords around the tool gets kind of hard on the cord after while as well. Any neat Ideas for storage for routers, hand drills, heat guns,circular saws, grinders, belt sanders, orbital sanders etc?

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#1 posted 10-05-2014 01:02 PM

Have you checked out Mark Spagnoulo’s power tool storage system? I like his the best.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 10-05-2014 02:31 PM

I store my routers on shelves nothing fancy but it works, as for the cords I use these on all of my corded tools ,they stop all the cords from getting tangled together.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-05-2014 02:45 PM

I like your idea a1Jim. I’ll ave to try that.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 10-05-2014 04:36 PM

Sounds like you have a great solution already… if I understand your drawer dimensions…

12” High (1 foot High) ... 6 feet Wide… 3 feet Deep…

That is an awesome drawer!

Partition it a little might help (??)... Play it by ear…

... and use those Cord Clamps suggested by Jim… to keep control of the Cords.

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#5 posted 10-05-2014 04:52 PM


I sure miss talking with you.

Do you have a picture of what you are making?
Do you still do any turning?

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#6 posted 10-05-2014 06:35 PM

Like Jim, I have a shelf dedicated to hand power tools.. it’s just a standard 1×12 plank, under and running the length of my workbench. For power cords, I use velcro cable straps. One end of the strap is attached to the cord about a foot from the plug end, but can be slid along the cord anywhere needed if necessary. Coil them up, wrap the velcro strap around it once or twice and stick it. You can either get a generic roll of velcro at the fabric store (the one piece type with “hooks” on one side, “loops” on the other), or buy the purpose made ones which are available at lots of places.


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#7 posted 10-05-2014 06:37 PM

it is a big drawer! it does move quite easily by just using my toe. I used to use narrow shelves with appropriatly sized holes for chucks and or resident bits left in the tool like a dedicated chamfer router and a dedicated roundover router. I work on a variety of materials in the same space and I have tools that do and dont crossover. for example I have four angle grinders one for wet finishing stone or masonary products, one for grinding steel, one for cutting steel and one used for sanding and shaping some wood things on the lathe. I also have a large grinder that I use very seldom. I moved the shop a couple years ago and have not taken the time to go through and specifically organize the power hand tools. Seeing pictures of the shops often leaves me with my head hanging in shame as I have never had the ability to make what I have look any where nearly as organized as most. But I continue to dream! lol

Arlin I have almost finished the bathroom that I mentioned when I was down for the visit just the vanity top to do I post some pics when it is done. I have turned a few legs for butcher block tables and then had to push the lathe out of the way as space was needed for the mold for the biplane. I have a 9’ column to turn for a customer when I get around to building the extension for the DIY lathe.

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#8 posted 10-05-2014 07:19 PM

Pre-renovation I had most corded tools lined up on a shelf under a workbench, the cords I would just toss back there. A few rarely used tools were tucked away in a cabinet. This worked fairly well. The tools were visible, available, and easy to put away. But that bench and shelf no longer exist.

Post-renovation, tools are on the floor, under machines, in corners, along walls, while I figure out a new solution. The system in the link below is tempting as everything is organized and available, relatively easy to put away. What I don’t like is needing to roll up the cords, I’ll never do it. And this would also consume the last free wall space in my shop.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 10-05-2014 08:04 PM

I like Rick M.’s way that he’s LOOKING at…

... bottom line, Wrap the cords around the tool the best way you can… and store it.

It sounds like you also want to divide it up into “Where Used” sections… like Routers, Grinders, Sanders, etc.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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