Tool Storage in front of Windows

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 10-11-2015 03:34 AM 6122 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop was designed with many windows to maximize natural light. Unfortunately many windows means that there isn’t much wall space for tool storage. The narrow shelves and racks installed in front of windows provide additional storage without diminishing the light or the view of the backyard. I got the idea from a photo of the shop at Popular Woodworking, if I remember correctly. The racks are customized for the various tools. I built the latest racks several months ago. I wasn’t planning on posting this, but I thought other folks might be able to use this idea.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 10-11-2015 03:50 AM

Glen, that is truly artistic and classy.

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#2 posted 10-11-2015 04:05 AM

I salute to every shop organization idea. Great work and looks nice too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-11-2015 04:05 AM

What Burly said ^^^^

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#5 posted 10-11-2015 12:28 PM

Spot on

-- "when you think youre going to slow, slow down just a little bit more" .... Pop's

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#6 posted 10-11-2015 01:49 PM

Very cool!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#7 posted 10-11-2015 02:55 PM

It is good when there is a lot of place…..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#8 posted 10-11-2015 03:17 PM

Tool rack with a view how cool is that?
And nicely done I must add.
You need to add a few more clamps to go with all those chisels. LOL

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#9 posted 10-11-2015 06:39 PM

Glenn thank you very much for this I really enjoyed seeing your tool rack. It’s a great idea and inspiration to me.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#10 posted 10-11-2015 06:42 PM

beautiful setup, wish I had that kind of lighting

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#11 posted 10-11-2015 06:58 PM

You have Hardwood and HVAC in your Garage

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#12 posted 10-12-2015 12:39 PM

Is that the floor or is it your bench top?

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#13 posted 10-13-2015 02:17 AM

Dude…I think you were just wanting an excuse to show off your awesome collection! Nice shop, and a good idea.

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#14 posted 10-16-2015 01:33 AM

Thanks for the kind comments. That’s a butcher block counter top/work bench in the photo, not the floor. It’s not the bench I use for woodworking, and it’s usually covered with crap, but I cleaned it up for the photos. Actually, I pushed the crap out of the shot. I couldn’t imagine a chisel rack 10 inches off the floor, my back hurts just thinking about it. I definitely have heat in the shop, but no AC. And J. Curtis, I guess I am showing off a bit. I have a bunch of old photos of my shop posted in “My Workshop,” but there have been lots of additions since then, such as a plane cabinet (that was posted) and several things that aren’t such as a hammer till, compressed air piping, and new dust collection system.

-- Glen

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