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Workshop - getting started #2: Storage solutions - the beginning

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Blog entry by Ratel posted 05-22-2019 11:40 AM 344 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fast forward to January 2019

The wedding and honeymoon over I once again had time to spend in the workshop – and it was a mess. Having had no place to store anything everything was in chaos.

I also obtained a lot of lumber (construction grade) in the meantime which was haphazardly stored all over the place.

Time to bring some order into the chaos.

  • First step: make a quick and dirty french cleat system, completed in two hours and now mounted it is still not utilised as I, currently am waiting to build my workbench which will be placed below it and will the figure out what to use it for.
  • Second step: A drawer cabinet for various odds and ends. As I have a lot of old Police Force Desk Drawers of various sizes lying around I slapped it together in under an hour, leaving space between the drawers for oversize random stuff lying around.
  • Third step: Assembly table with drawers and extendable drawer for power tools. This was constructed from an old bed frame for the base (made to be disassembled) and a combination of quarter inch ply reinforced with MDF uprights for the drawer space and old kitchen counter-tops for added weight together with a sacrificial MDF top, all materials I had on Hand except for the MDF top.
    Its not perfectly flat and I dont know why, but 1mm differential over 2.4m length should be in order.
    The drawers are old office desk drawers, they are shoddy and not riding on any rails but will do for the meantime until I construct proper drawers and rails to hold tools, measuring equipment and so forth. This was completed in April as March and February were busy weekends outside the city.
  • Fourth step: Adding some off-the-shelf storage bins to the wall over the assembly table to hold screws and bolts, I got this at a bargain and it will prove to be very convenient.

Next project will be a shelf above the assembly table and a french cleat rail for holding various tools and bits ready to be used in the construction of the current project, this will however have to wait as I now have some baby furniture to construct and/or refurbish.

As a side note, I will be retroactively adding some photo’s to the entries.

-- Ratel



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KettleWorkshop

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#1 posted 05-22-2019 04:45 PM

Nice.

Storage of those small screws and fasteners is always a source of irritation for me.
The solution that I found was actually the portable organizers; specifically the ones with Bins (not the dividers). Harbor Freight has some for cheap and Stanley also makes some.

A quick youtube search for “Harbor Freight Organizer” should show a couple ideas for how the setup works.

Personal opinion there is that its better than many other part organizer setups because of ease of use.
One entire organizer is Wood Screws 2”-4”, another is Wood Screws 0” – 2”.
I can grab the ‘correct one’ and have multiple screws at hand.
Easy to bring to the workspace and the top, once closed, secures the contents against my clumsy self knocking it off my workbench. (Been there, done that, not fun).

Overall, would be glad to see pictures as I am bit curious about this Police Force Desk Drawers? Never heard of those before.

-- If you don't throw out the original design at least 2 times, you aren't finding all the imperfections.

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Ratel

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#2 posted 05-23-2019 09:14 AM


Nice.

Storage of those small screws and fasteners is always a source of irritation for me.
The solution that I found was actually the portable organizers; specifically the ones with Bins (not the dividers). Harbor Freight has some for cheap and Stanley also makes some.

A quick youtube search for “Harbor Freight Organizer” should show a couple ideas for how the setup works.

Personal opinion there is that its better than many other part organizer setups because of ease of use.
One entire organizer is Wood Screws 2”-4”, another is Wood Screws 0” – 2”.
I can grab the correct one and have multiple screws at hand.
Easy to bring to the workspace and the top, once closed, secures the contents against my clumsy self knocking it off my workbench. (Been there, done that, not fun).

Overall, would be glad to see pictures as I am bit curious about this Police Force Desk Drawers? Never heard of those before.

- KettleWorkshop

Hi, just an answer to the Police Force Drawers. You might check my workshop on my profile, there should be a picture there. They are old desk drawers from the SAPS (South African Police Force).

The Namibian Police removed/sold on auction a lot of the furniture of the previous administration during the 90’s (after independence) and I received them from someone who kept a lot of the drawers after refurbishing/re-purposing a lot of that furniture as he moved overseas.

They’re a simple dovetailed box-design, mostly made form Kiaat(Muninga), Rhodesian Teak, Yellowwood and some other local woods.

Unfortunately most of them are damaged on the faces and variable sizes, therefore not much use in new projects.

As to the Harbor Freight Organizer, that’s something I’ll have trouble getting hold of here. The organiser I bought is storage bins mounted on a french-cleat style plastic panel. Very convenient and I can remove the small bins as I need them.

-- Ratel

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