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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 10-28-2020 04:08 PM 928 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friend of mine that is a Doctor have discussed color as a memory aid over last year or so. Have been using color as memory aid in shop for quite some time but usually inside a drawer. So decided this time to give the actual drawer face a different color and see what happens. The cabinet itself was made 27 years ago. Not the best of designs but it has not fallen apart, and is in good shape. What I needed was for some drawers to be modified or in some cases removed and several new smaller drawers installed to better organize my “stuff”.

We shall begin with proper supervision. This is always important.

To better store all my various PVC fittings I made 4 drawers, and did layouts for each one, and yes I put poly finish on all of it.

One of my big peeves was locating the right blade for my reciprocating saws. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with this solution. Seems to work well and they are organized.

Once done I painted the drawer fronts in what my mind sees as organized by color. Then added tape and used a marker to label them. Big difference in organization and I did upgrade several drawers to ball bearing slides as I had some left over from other projects. Finished off the entire project by taking steel workbench above the cabinet and giving it a proper paint job, legs and all. Probably the last time we will see the bench empty.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.





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Rich

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#1 posted 10-28-2020 04:34 PM

I gotta say you are one creative shop storage designer, Gunny. Cool stuff.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 10-28-2020 04:40 PM

That’s a real sweet setup.

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#3 posted 10-28-2020 04:42 PM

I did the same years ago using colored labels. I like your idea better. But I can’t bring myself to paint my oak drawer faces. my organizer is an old card catalog from a library. When they were going digital they held an auction.

I like some of your solutions a lot…

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 10-28-2020 04:47 PM

Good you left storage for the shop cat!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 10-28-2020 05:50 PM

I think you have the most colorful shop on this site. It looks cool, and I bet it really does help you locate tools and supplies without consciously thinking about it.

-- Ron Stewart

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#6 posted 10-28-2020 06:03 PM

Magnificant!! Awesome colours and and smart storage solutions.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-28-2020 06:15 PM

Way to go, Gunny. I love organizational projects!! That makes a GREAT workspace !

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 10-28-2020 06:31 PM

Awesome post Gunny. So did the colors help you figure out what is in which?

I believe you may be interrupting a nap….

-- Think safe, be safe

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 10-28-2020 07:49 PM



I gotta say you are one creative shop storage designer, Gunny. Cool stuff.

- Rich

Thanks! One of our customers at work always asks me about what I am working on at home. He saw this and
hit me up with coming down to his company shop and doing a layout on paper for them to have built for the tool room / parts storage area. Then come back once built and label / paint it up in similar fashion. For what they offered I couldn’t resist. Should be interesting.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 10-28-2020 08:30 PM

That is a neat idea wwbn...

Did similar a while back and it took a while to figure out why I was loading screws into my nail gun… I also have a doctor friend (probably a different guy unless yours commutes to Churchill every day).. who told me I was colour blind...

I think you went a tad overboard painting your spirit levels… is one colour for horizontal leveling and the other vertical?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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woodbutcherbynight

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#11 posted 10-28-2020 09:00 PM



That is a neat idea wwbn...

I think you went a tad overboard painting your spirit levels… is one colour for horizontal leveling and the other vertical?

- LittleBlackDuck

LOL, no paint work on them. Blue one is Empire brand, use it for inside work. The yellow one is a Stanley, use it for outside type work. Have a plastic orange one for concrete work. Easier to clean up.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 10-28-2020 09:15 PM

Color code the tools to match the drawers to make put-away easier.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 10-28-2020 11:06 PM



Color code the tools to match the drawers to make put-away easier.

- Madmark2

Almost, instead I code the holders for such things. Like sockets. Blue = metric, red = SAE and Black is torx bits

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Jim Sellers

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#14 posted 10-28-2020 11:53 PM

very cool organization system. almost inspired to work on organizing for myself.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#15 posted 10-29-2020 12:55 AM

damn wbbn your on a real organizational role,your makin some of us look like pigs.good inspiration though.love your idea about using color,might need to try it because ive never had a good memory.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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