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Project by JenWoodworking posted 01-12-2010 08:58 PM 7438 views 21 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I know its not finished, but wanted some tips…And thought maybe others would like to get started on one. Its already handy.

I’m starting to look for things more often than anything and decided I not only need more storage, but wanted a spot where everything is ALWAYS at my finger tips, so this is what I have so far.

The dimensions closed are;
For the wheel base it is 30” x 30” MDF with 6 3” caster wheels (2 with brakes).
The cabinet is W 22” x D 28” H 6’ made out of 3/4” pine box and 3/4” plywood backing (not sure which flavor)
Open; 12” deep shelves on one side and 8” on the other(this side only has two wheels)

WONDERING if anyone has some clever suggestions or links to tool holders/organizers
Power tools on the bottom, I plan to add 2 more shelves on the bottom of each side.
I was thinking LOTS of magnetic strips, but don’t really know how to decide on the strength I need.
And a pegboard backing on one side that has another peg board swinging out.
Add a fold down ‘plans/bit changing’ table.

It will do for now, have got to get back to other projects. Still needs a lot of work but is holding the staples and this gives me time to plan out where the permanent homes for everything will be.

Wanted to show my removable, adjustable very simple bit storage. Should have drilled a 3rd row of holes for the back wall and added more shelf pins, but the finishing nails work for now ;)
Anyone got a any suggestions on how to make the most of my space.

-- Jen loves wood!

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 09:15 PM

Please excuse the mess, dust collector was out of commission.

-- Jen loves wood!

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 09:31 PM

Jen, If you call that a mess, my workshop is a complete and total disaster! LOL

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 12:22 AM

here here

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 02:12 AM

Clamp rack on the outside?

When I made my router table, I incorporated some card catalogue drawers and lined them with 3/4 mdf to hold the bits…might be a good idea to look for storage bins/drawers taht would fit and then figure out what you could put in…

-- -Shaun M. Baer,

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 04:40 AM

It can be set up for almost anything, taylor it to what you do. I would put screws and fasteners in that smaller side a useful addition to most shops. Good luck.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 05:01 PM

I second Clamp rack and some a place for glue, brushes etc. Everything you need for a glue up on one side. Then everything you need for finishing on the other side. Brushes, sandpaper, rags etc. All that on the outside. That leaves the inside for other things. Maybe portable power tools.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 05:10 PM

Two tips stay out of dark alley’s LOL and sear lLJs for tons of tips.


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#8 posted 01-13-2010 05:20 PM

Clamp rack and pegboard, never, never can you have enough tools hanging from versatile pegboard, You could also design a fold down and fold out support bracket with a lazy susan for finishing small projects. Also there could be holes to hold hammers, chisels, screwdrivers ect… for while you are working on projects, It could be a fraction lower than your table saw for infeed/outfeed, you could install a coat hook, a power strip, and cleats for storing extension cords, I have a tendancy to forget the original funtion and make thing complicated.
Good luck, hope I helped.
how about drink holders?

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#9 posted 01-13-2010 05:21 PM


-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#10 posted 01-13-2010 07:34 PM

What I really like are those detailed drawings on the outside. Makes me feel right at home….just me and the grandson in the shop.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 01-13-2010 07:53 PM

Thanks for all of your suggestions everyone! I will post pictures in a few days of a more finished product ( don’t think it will ever really be DONE, new tools new spaces!)

-- Jen loves wood!

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#12 posted 01-18-2010 08:41 AM

Looks to me like you are on your way, some good projects, getting organized by building your own storage!
Most of my tool holders I made myself because I get a better fit and a neater looking setup.
That shop doesn’t look messy, just looks like someone is using it!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#13 posted 02-04-2010 04:31 AM

Looks nice.

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#14 posted 02-07-2010 03:52 PM

That is a fantastic idea, when you have limited space. Thanks for sharing…...

-- Bigray's experiments

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#15 posted 02-09-2010 06:36 PM

It’s a wonderful and spacesaving idea.
Would like to see pictures of both sides when it’s closed.
I have a very little workshop, so perhaps this will be the solution in my case, today I just use all the walls.
I will post my new workshop later.
Best, Mads (Denmark)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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