A place for everything

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Project by awsum55 posted 05-30-2018 06:28 PM 1964 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a little crazy when it comes to having a place for everything in my shop. I used to have my screws in the boxes they came in and bits for my screwdrivers/drill were in a small container that I always had to dig through to find the bit I needed. I added a drawer to my work bench out of scrap/recycled wood. I can find what I need easier than before and it’s easy to grab a box of screws and bring it to where I need them.

I made a holder for my sander so that I could keep it all together and make it easier to put away. I just have to pull it down and plug it in to my work bench. There might be easier ways, but this seems to work well for me. I added this box on the side of my table so that my hose is short and doesn’t get tangled or caught on things.

I store my long lumber by hanging it from the ceiling. It keeps it out of my way and it’s easy to see what I’ve got.

I made this dust/air cleaner out of cardboard with a box fan and filter. I hung it from the ceiling joist with bungie cords to prevent vibration transfer. I’m sure it’s not as good as the real thing, but it does catch a lot of dust that escapes my large 2 stage dust collector.

I have 8 blast gates and it was hard to see if I had left any of them open, so I painted the edges so I could tell from across the room if it was open or closed.

I removed a plastic plug from my bandsaw and made a plug out of scrap to anchor my light. It’s very sturdy and it helps my old eyes see what I’m doing.

I was too cheap to buy a product to help me move my bandsaw. I made these from BB and they work well and cost me next to nothing.

I like to see pics of other’s shops, and sometimes I pick up a few ideas that help work flow or organization. I thought I would post a few pics of my basement shop and how I try to make the most of what I have to work with.
See if you have any suggestions on how I could do anything better, and maybe even pick up something I’ve done that might help you.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#1 posted 05-30-2018 07:15 PM

Nice work!

I, too, like looking at others’ shops for ideas. And looking at yours, I have some new projects to start working on!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-30-2018 11:30 PM

Nice storage and organization John
One day I’m going to buy an articulating light for my band saw – thanks for sharing

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 05-31-2018 03:16 AM

Nice work on your storage solutions. 50 years has taught me having the storage made is only a small part of the problem. The real problem I have is remembering where it all lives, and actually putting it back there.

You have a magic 3 on your side, so hopefully you will do better than me about keeping everything put up. Congrats on the builds, and the 3.

And as always thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 05-31-2018 01:22 PM

Great ideas here. I’m definitely stealing the blast gate one!

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#5 posted 05-31-2018 02:55 PM

Your shop has a lot of wonderful storage in it and that’s a great work table. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-31-2018 06:11 PM

Thanks guys. I wasn’t going to post this stuff because I wasn’t sure anyone would be interested. It’s exciting to get a top 3.

-- John D, OP, KS

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