Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #1: In the begining

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Blog entry by Bill Berklich posted 11-06-2017 06:38 PM 841 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the beginning chaos reigned.

Yep, that about sums up my “shop”. Or to quote my wife: “What a mess”! Easily 50% of my time is spent searching for a tool or hardware I know I have and dancing around everything trying not to knock over wood piles or tools.

I had a decent shop once but after several moves and life changes I’ve never been able to actually pull together another organized workspace. Now I’m staring at another move in 18 to 24 months and I want to be prepared.

After working with toolboxes, drawers, and now piles on flat shelves I’ve decide that I hate rummaging around for stuff, opening drawers, staring into bins and move something just to get at the item I want.

I really want to be organized in a way that supports my methods of work too. I would like to see/find/reach/pick/replace in an easy and seamless way that doesn’t interrupt my workflow and thought process or result in my leaving things piled up so they fall to the floor in cascades of disaster.

Yes, we all want to be organized – who doesn’t want something like H. O. Studley’s cabinet, a repository for personal treasures that is a work of art too. In executing this project I expect to at least give a nod to Studley and his craftsmanship.

So this is a chronicle of my journey to towards order. I hope in the end to have completed a tool cabinet that will carry 90% of my tools (probably overly optimistic – I have a lot), be easy to work from and support my methods of work, and will be fairly easily movable/transportable so I am prepared for our next journey.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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