Organized Tool Center

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Blog entry by TheMrWoody posted 01-23-2016 06:13 PM 1597 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s how I created a tool organizer for my measuring items. It’s got a place for all of the items I use frequently. Slots in the holding blocks keep multiple tools in each spot. It makes it very easy to find things and a quick way to see if you’re missing something.

This is also a location for controlling my compressor. The white power switch remotely turns it on/off. The pressure control valve and water separator are right next to the switch. I used RapidAir for the flexible hose system which doesn’t require any soldering – just cut and slip the hose into their connectors. You can get a starter kit like this I have two drops for the compressor hose hook-ups – one in this picture and another hangs from the ceiling in the middle of the shop. The compressor is in the attic just above the garage which makes it MUCH quitter in the shop and eliminates a large footprint in my work area.

You’ll see from the picture that the dust collection tubing comes into this location as well. The blast gate mounted on this panel is right next to the table saw and router table. Like the compressor, the 1-1/2 HP Jet dust collector is in the attic so it doesn’t take up floor space and it’s all but silent in the work area when it’s running. It’s controlled by a wireless remote that I clip to my belt.

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 07:47 PM

Very clean looking, I would be interested to know more about the compressor and dust collector in the attic. Pros and cons and if you have any pictures of that setup?

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#2 posted 01-23-2016 10:20 PM

Great use of space, great idea to use attic space.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 06:02 AM

To my fortune, the attic was a great place to put some of these loud tools. The space above the garage is a full height walk in attic where I put down decking to provide storage. I left part of it exposed so I could route the compressor hoses and the dust collection tubing.

The compressor simply hooks up like you’d expect for a single line. From their it’s routed down the inside wall to the pressure regulator and then the the two outlets – one right next to it and the other to another ceiling location. The blue tuning is the compressor line in all the pictures (very, very easy to route where you need it).

The dust collection was similar. I routed 4” metal ducting to the three locations. Don’t forget to ground everything. I used close dryer duct connectors (the white flanges) to enable me to connect the drop-downs from below, and to remove them later (for cleaning or if I sell the house).

The drop downs each have a blast gate. The one in the middle of the room is really handy for connecting to a router table, surface planer or other tools I can move around. You can see I made a mounting bracket to keep it in place. I used a screw in “L” bracket to hang the hose when it’s not in use so you don’t hot your head into it while walking through the garage.

The Jet dust collector already has two ports, so I created two branches – one has only a single drop down, the other I split in two.

Cons: You still have to go up to the attic to empty the dust collector. The same for draining the compressor (but I’m in dry Austin, so I don’t get much condensation in the compressor). I’m not running a production shop, so the dust collection isn’t packing the bag often (you can get remote monitoring if you’re worried about it). I did have to wire the remote switch for the compressor (you need to hard wire this because the current draw is high on the compressor), but I didn’t have any problems with this since the attic is all accessible to the wall cavity below.

Pros: Less floor space in my shop. No loud noises from these two tools. Seamless look from the show – all the tuning and dust collection ducting is above the ceiling – Slick! I wouldn’t ever do it another way because it’s such a pleasure to use the shop with this dust collection and the noise elimination!

Hope this helps with your imagination at your shop. Sometimes you have to think 3-dimentionalally.

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#4 posted 01-25-2016 07:43 PM

That is very slick, Other than having to go into the attic to empty the dust collector i really like this setup. I’m sure for the compressor drain an extension with a valve below ceiling could be mounted. awesome job, thanks for the pictures and descriptions.

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#5 posted 01-25-2016 08:07 PM

Yeah, the drain would be a super simple add-on… just one more items on my list :-)

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