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Moravian Workbench #12: Tool Storage

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Blog entry by Tom posted 06-20-2020 01:26 PM 1302 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Although this Moravian workbench is meant to be portable so it can go to a job site, it also can serve as a dedicated workbench in your shop. It is incredibly sturdy and the splayed out legs really resist racking. I plan to use mine as a dedicated shop workbench, although, I may take it to a job site if I am helping friends and family with a special carpentry project. So I made the drawer and shelf so as to be removable to maintain the portability.

I am partial to keeping a set of tools at the workbench or in a tool cabinet above the bench. I am not really interested in storing tools in a chest and dragging them out every time I am working a project. On the Moravian workbench, I added the shelf and drawer for extra tool storage along with the tool well.

The saws can be hung on pegs or just a nail or screw. On my bench, I used a screw with some clear tubing to protect the handle. I hang the big saws on the back of the tool well. It is really a convenient location. They are out of the way and they are easily reached from the front of the workbench. I quickly memorized the location of each saw. There is precedent for this in old books as you can see in the picture with the saw horns shown behind the tool well marked n.


Note the tool well can store miscellaneous items like the mallet, hammer, try squares, etc.

I can also hang miscellaneous tools off the back of the tool well such as a framing square and dust brush.

The hand planes are stored below the workbench on the shelf and this is fairly convenient. Usually they hang out on the workbench top or in the well during the project and then get stashed below at the end of the day.

Marking tools and various small items like the auger bits and files go in the drawer. Again, they come out during the project and end up in the well, but they can be put away when the work is complete.

The far end of the tool well is a nice place to store the bench chisels, amongst other things. A chisel tray can help corral the tools similar to what Paul Sellers advocates.

And you can hang various things such as clamps and holdfast off of the leg assemblies.

There is still plenty of room for more tools, but this covers most of my needs. A plow plane and fillister plane can be stored on the shelf if needed. It is a comfortable setup for me.

And yes, I cleaned up the debris before I took the photos. Usually there is a lot of saw dust and shavings hanging around. :)

-- Tom



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