Shop organization ideas

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  1. Ptpalpha

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    I'm really trying to get my shop better organized. While looking at pics of hammer racks, axe racks, etc, I came across this idea that seems borderline genius:
    handsaws-pegboard-tool-storage-ideas.jpg
    Here's a couple more that jumped out at me:
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    hammers-tool-storage-ideas.jpg

    I'd love to see what others are doing to keep order amidst the chaos. Seems like every time I do a project my shop ends up looking like a bomb went off.
     
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    I plan to implement the french cleat system in my shop. I also bought a bunch of small parts organizers from walmart and have plans to make a wall mounted system for them as well.
     
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    Searching "french cleat'...

    Edit:. YES. THANK YOU.
     
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    Silver wear racks from a dishwasher are great for keeping track of screw drivers and pliers that are used regularly. Some even have holes that will slip over nail heads.
     
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    Nice. Let's keep those ideas coming. I can feel my shop improving with each new post!
     
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    Sometimes I think I just need a pack matches. I love the pics you posted @Ptpalpha. That looks awesome
     
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    hello,
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    One I am particularly pleased with...

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    Anyone using the Dust Deputy collection system? Seriously considering buying one, and hooking it up to the DIY set up I'm going to make for my 2x42 belt sander.
     
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    I have had a dust collection system hooked up to all my stationary power tools for years, but haven't ever put the cyclone kit on it. Nothing big enough to matter ever gets into it. Biggest thing it ever eats is planer shavings. But if I had that concern, I would definitely go with such a cyclone separator.
     
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    I'll be watching this thread closely. My shop is a disaster! :rolleyes:
     
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    Yes, a DD on a shop vac and a Woodcraft lid on a trash can with a Thien baffle on large dust collection machines. Both work well and are worth the expense.

    Are you talking about wood sanding or knife grinding? I'm not sure how it would work with metal dust.
     
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    A mix of everything.
    After watching a bunch of videos on the DD set up I'm sold. Added one to the Amazon cart.
     
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    Some good things already shared here, thanks!

    This is an area I could really improve :confused:
     
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    Here's another one I'm going to do: PVC pipe file & rasp storage.
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    Mine will be longer, hopefully accommodating around 20 files and rasps. The shelf at the bottom would be great for the needle files, too.
    It looks like a simple project, and I like the idea of seeing the assortment of files when I'm trying to choose which one to use.
     
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    Found a better one to copy:
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    This is what I'm going to try for dust collection on the belt sander, hooked into the dust deputy system:
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    One I’ve used with great success is a hanging file holder for storing sandpaper
     
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    Amazing ideas on pintrest if you dare to fall in the rabbit hole
    I plan on building a Ron Paulk workbench
     
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    I'm scared to look that up. I'm already getting overwhelmed; my fear is that I'll just say the hell with it and keep working in my shop as-is, lol.
     
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    Ok I’ll help you
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    Just take on one organizational project at a time. Whatever seems useful at the time. The dust collection would be a good idea. I have sawdust and metal shavings scattered around my 1x30 sander.
     
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    I'm not sure about pulling metal grinding dust into a bin full of wood dust. Could go bad quickly.
     
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    Prototype hammer rack:
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    To organize my sockets I made a custom peg board out of wood by using a piece of plywood and some dowels from the supply house. Once I got my 3d printer I made a socket try while learning the cad program for the printer. To hold all of my pliers and cutters I got a shelf edge from Advance Auto (they basically throw these things away when they stock shelfs with new displays) I cut it to fit and riveted it to the drawer.
     

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    That would probably work with a bit of adaptation for screwdrivers, what I did is I just made a mount out of scrap 3/4 plywood and some bits of 2x4. Just drilled holes for the shafts, works a treat
     
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    As expected, the project has already morphed out of control. I'm now in the process of completely redoing my shop. New work benches are required, along with about a million other things.
    Stay tuned.
     
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    @Ptpalpha yessir.

    My “I’m just going to remove these cabinets and put in benches real quick” for a knife shop has now turned into a 3 month running project, complete with laundry room floors, doors, walls etc :18:
    Keep us posted! :dblthumb:
     
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    Interesting. A laundry room renovation was added to the list last night.
    Not by me, obviously, lol.
    You gotta pay to play, I guess.
     
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    The pegboard idea you showed in your first post looks pretty neat as long as you don't need the "under space" for large/heavy items. What I did was put some 1.5"x1.5" battens on the wall above the bench and then a whole 8'x4' sheet of pegboard mounted on the battens. Make your own hooks/loops out of coat hanger wire and you can probably get a good 50% of your tools up on the one board. Easy to adapt layout or mounting hooks to suit and then when comfortable with layout, paint the board white and use a sharpie to outline each tool in place. Gives you an instant check on what's missing or where to put things away at.

    Use the board for the more frequently used tools and lesser used stuff goes in drawers, cupboards or even boxes on shelves outta the way. You can even rig things like your hammer rack on the peg board, though may need to screw them into the battens because of the weight or put extra battens in that spot. Battens can be rough cut and none too accurate as they are completely covered by the pegboard and don't show.

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    That's a good idea with the 4x8 sheet of pegboard. I've currently got a 4x4 piece and I worry about how much weight is on it.
    My primary goal with this project is to minimize areas where dust can collect. To that end I think I need to build both upper and lower cabinets in as many places as possible.
    I also need to get rid of a bunch of stuff that I've been hanging onto "just in case" I ever need it. Not all of it, mind you, but a lot.
     
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    That's the beauty of screwing the board onto battens on the wall. Put battens at regular intervals and/or add extra battens where heavy things are placed and you will find that the pegboard will support a surprising amount.

    OJ
     
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    I just did a bit of this last Saturday. I went through the garage and tossed about 3 dozen jars of various screws/bolts/nuts, odd pipe lengths, rods, wood pieces etc that I've been holding onto-just in case. I'm trying to adhere to the philosophy that an old man told me years ago while he was helping me clean out the shed at my cabin=

    "If you haven't used it in the last 3 years, you're not going use it in the next 3=toss it!"
     
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    Exactly. It's true, but that doesn't make it any easier, lol.
    Besides all the scrap metal, there are the items that I honestly have no idea what they are. But someday I might find out, and discover that it's something I can use!
    Nope...that stuff has to go too.
     
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    As soon as I throw stuff away, it never fails that I’ll need it within a couple of weeks :D Of course if I hadn’t of laid hands on it to throw it out then it probably would’ve stayed hidden and forgotten. My plan is to try and be more organized now that I have enough space to do it. If stuff can be seen and found then it’s more likely to get used I think.

    I’m in the process of turning my garage into a work space ( because my truck won’t fit in it) so these ideas are great. I’ve put up some peg board and that is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s so much better than digging around in toolboxes :)
     
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    That reminds me of another space saver trick my Dad used a LOT. Old screw top glass jars with screws, bolts, nuts, washers etc. Take the top off and from the inside put a screw through the lid (center) and up into the underside of a shelf so the thread of the lid hangs down. Then screw the jar onto the lid and voila, jars hanging up and out of drawers, off of bench tops with the contents visible and easy to find. He also did some in the pantry (smaller jars generally) which my mother used for things like home dried herbs, bouillon cubes, left over baking powder and all those odds and ends in the pantry.

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    Great stuff here. Hopefully the ideas keep flowing!
     
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    I do the same thing, but always use two screws so the lid doesn't spin on just the one when removing or replacing the jar.
     
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    When it comes to tools, I can't completely agree with this. I have tools that have sat for years of no use, but when the time comes that I need it and it's the perfect tool for the job, I am very glad I didn't follow that rule. Some of those tools are rather hard to find, but some not. What I tend to do is store my most used tools in the most accessible places or methods, with those rarely used tools back in the dark spaces. Unless it's just really good to look at. ;)

    Case in point......
    I found a contour copying tool at an estate sale years ago. I couldn't think of any immediate need for it, but it looked like something that might come in handy at some point. It was years before I ever put it to use, but I finally did. I needed some way to measure and draw a layout line for a cut that involved two opposite radii, to match the inside of a fixture. It only took me a few seconds to realize I had just the tool, and when I used it, it saved me way more time than ever I imagined at the time I bought it.

    Another....
    I have a roofing nail gun that was used by me when I built my shed a several years ago. It sits back in a dark corner behind some more popular stuff. At least, I assume it's still there. ;) Pretty soon now, I'm going to need it again for the house. When I'm done with that, I may never use it again....or I may decide to move or to buy a property to flip. Were I short on space, that is one tool I might sell after the house is done (pretty sure I won't be the one roofing this house next time). But as long as it sits out of the way in an unneeded space, it stays.

    Where I do agree. is in the collection of redundant tools, inferior tools, or completely obsolete tools. Redundant is self-explanatory. Inferior should be also. Obsolete is maybe a little harder to determine, and can be a personal matter. In my context, that would include things like the blades for the saw I no longer have and will not replace with anything similar (I need to get after that), or the jigs I made for things I will not produce any more (recently discarded). It does not include what might be justifiably called archaic tools - such as the bit and brace set, which I sometimes use just because I enjoy doing things quietly, under human power. The fact that I had to think about this a bit to give my examples of obsolete, says something about a lot of the old tools (especially hand tools) that I have, but don't really need, and may not use very often. Redundancy comes up every time I upgrade, such as the drill attachment for making perfect 90° holes that was replaced by another similar that also allows for other delineated angles. Inferiority? I try to avoid that in the first place, but sometimes it only becomes evident after some use.
     
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    I don’t think that rule has EVER applied to tools

    It’s relegated to bins full of pvc cutoffs, and the leftover joints from when you redid you irrigation 10 years ago, and those leftover roof tiles, or the leftover flooring etc.

    Tools stay.
     
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    People install new kitchens here to up the selling price of flats and almost every byer want different cabinets.
    Facebook fleamarkets have them weekly on offer, some cheap, some free if you take them down yourself.

    Also a good line is to ask renovating firms that install new kitchens, they usually take the old ones to a skip.

    Cabinets and work surfaces galore.
     
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    Build a bigger shop. :D
     
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    Especially plumbing tools. When you need them, you need them, and fast.
     
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    If I get rid of a tool, it's either because I got something better or because it's broken past the point of repair.
    If I get a better one, the old one gets given away at the current jobsite.
    The stuff I'm throwing out is exactly as @Gruntinhusaybah said: pieces of metal, plastic, etc. that can certainly come in handy at times, but it's gotten outa hand over the past 2 decades.
    If I remember I'll take some pics of what I'm talking about so everyone can get a good laugh.
     
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    I have a few rules about tools. I buy the best I can afford based on how much I plan on using it. If its an odd ball tool for a one time project and I know someone who has that odd ball tool I don't mind borrowing it once and sometimes even twice depending on how much time has passed between the two jobs. However, if I need that odd ball tool a third time then I need to own and not borrow it. When I upgrade tools, all of the old stuff goes to guys who have driven me crazy trying to learn the trade. I help those who are working to help themselves.
     
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    And a small assortment of parts. Almost as important to me as a fire extinguisher. Things you hope to never have to use.
     
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