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Forum topic by Gustoid posted 05-22-2009 05:25 PM 7238 views 5 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2009 05:25 PM

I thought it would be nice to see what people do to organize their shop space. This could be very helpful to many of us with smaller workshops.

So if you have a space saving tip, post it here. Be sure to add plenty of pictures.


-- Gustoid

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#1 posted 05-22-2009 06:01 PM

Well, I can’t actually say that I’m doing this yet, because I’m still trying to build a new garage (shop), but one thing I will do is use the space between the trusses. There will be 22 1/2 inches between them and I am going to install some boxes that can swing down for things like “Rags In a Box”, an air scrubber, and plain old storage. I will also store boards in the trusses. Hope this helps.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#2 posted 05-22-2009 07:01 PM

Organize my what? Thats funny

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#3 posted 05-22-2009 07:13 PM

I use a lot of overhead storage and put my sand paper storage on a fold down rack

And store stuff under my saw

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 05-22-2009 07:30 PM

I’ve since added a couple more of these for my shorter clamps, but this is how I utilize wall space for bar clamps:
bar clamps wall storage

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-22-2009 10:24 PM

It’s all preliminary at this point, but I am in the process of trying to finish my shop and one idea I am playing with is to install shelves between the studs. (There are lots of small items that can be stored on a 3 1/2” x 16” shelf. My next step will be to install pegboard doors over the shelves and studs to use as storage as well..

See a couple of pictures on my personal blog

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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#6 posted 05-22-2009 10:59 PM

I really like Lew’s sandpaper storage! Unfortunately I have concrete block walls and a finished ceiling… not quite as easy to use the walls and overhead for storage.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 05-22-2009 11:26 PM

Don’t worry about it. If you every see a picture of Einstein in his office or Harry Pope (arguably, the world’s greatest rifle barrel maker) you will notice the grand masters work from a clutter :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 05-23-2009 03:15 AM

cool storage tips

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 05-24-2009 09:20 PM

WOW Lew! I like those storage ideas.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 06-06-2011 11:58 AM

For limited storage problems, one effective solution is to put those stuff that are not really useful into self-storage in order to free your space of clutter and mess. Check out this storage solution

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#11 posted 06-06-2011 04:13 PM

I’m in the process of putting this system on one wall of my garage. I’m using it for storage of everything, not just “shop” stuff, but so far so good. I like that the only thing screwed into the wall is the “hanger” rail, and that if you need to reconfigure at some point, it’s an easy change..

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#12 posted 06-07-2011 06:36 AM

I’m in the begginning stages of oragnizing my small shop, which encompasses about 2/3 of a one car garage. Over the past couple years, I’ve accumulated tools and machines at a fast rate. Faster than I could accomodate them in terms of storage, Biggest issue I’m having is keeping smaller machines off the floor. With limited shelving and tables, my planer, router table, and miter saw (for example), typically remain on the floor until I use them. Although small, this stuff takes a ton of floor space.
This weekend, I’m planning to install a wall mounted counter-top where these smaller machines can reside. I can then store my jointer and table saw underneath the counter.

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#13 posted 06-07-2011 07:35 AM

Just browse my workshop and project pages… I have been trying to get organized for a while now.

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#14 posted 06-07-2011 08:54 AM

A few of ideas for you:

Make backer boards, attach them to the wall, then screw talon hooks to them in different ways for specific needs.

Put your chargers on the wall or on the side of wall cabs (or shelves) to save that valuable horizontal space.

Screw hinged box items straight to the wall. When you get something out, leave the box open and it “reminds” you to put your stuff where it belongs.

Shallow (8”) wall shelving just overhead is great for portable tools to be ready as needed.

I use black phosphate screws all over as needed for lots of things

Don’t forget to use the ceiling and upper walls for large bulk storage (out of the way but easy to get to)

One of the best things I did was get the compressor up on the wall and added a hose reel

Put metal on the wall to hold magnetic stuff

and put magnets on the wall to hold metal stuff

Use pegboard for baskets and tool hangers

Finally, I use a Portamate rail stand for my “little machines”. I keep them out of the way beneath the work counter until I need them. I can have them in place, plugged to power at the rail and hooked to dust collection in less than a minute.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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