Minimizing, De-Cluttering, and Simplifying The Workshop #4: A Place For Everything, And Everything In Its Place.

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 02-09-2018 02:31 PM 1887 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This phrase pretty much sums up the de-clutterer/organizer’s mantra.

Last night, I spent time in the shop finding the best storage spots for all of the woodworking tools that were placed in the ‘essential’ and ‘secondary’ tool piles the night before. All of these items readily fit around and under the workbench.

An 11” shelf was installed under the bench top to hold the hand planes, chisel sets, and various wooden cigar boxes holding all of the smaller tools and auger bits.

Larger tools and often used jigs and fixtures go on the bench bottom shelf. Everything is visible and within easy reach.

Finally, the recessed spaces at either end of the workbench made a great place to hang braces, hand drills, and various saws.

If any of you handsawgeek blog followers are contemplating a similar exercise, I’m sure your method of tool storage will be vastly different from mine. You may prefer racks, cabinets, drawers, a tool chest, or any other number of different tool arrangement schemes. Go with what’s best for you, the way you work, and the size of your tool collection.

As for me, the goal here is to eventually have my entire woodworking operation reduced down to a minimum amount of space and shop furniture required for comfortable, efficient work: A workbench, saw bench, hardware/supply storage, wood storage, and a place to keep handsaws and clamps.

Oh, and I might reserve some space for that treadle lathe I’ve been dreaming about building for some time…..

-- Ed

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#1 posted 02-09-2018 09:02 PM

You’re stuff’s gonna get super dusty out in the open like that. And dust attracts rust.

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#2 posted 02-09-2018 10:11 PM

Hi, gargey.
No worries here…I use the shop quite often, and am in the habit of cleaning regularly. Also, Colorado has very low humidity, so tool rusting is a non-issue. If dust/rust were a big issue, I’d definitely go with a good tool cabinet or chest, instead.
Thanks for looking!

-- Ed

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#3 posted 02-10-2018 03:45 AM

Looking Good Ed!

-- Just making sawdust

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#4 posted 02-10-2018 09:41 PM

Looking great, Ed!

-- God bless, Candy

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