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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 02-19-2008 05:50 AM 4313 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I often stand in the shop looking for another nook or cranny to hang or store something. I came up with these ideas, more out of neccesity than anything else.

I placed a sheet of 3/4” MDF , with a few screws on it, under my Ridgid table saw for measuring tools, pushsticks & squares.

Another idea is to hang battery powered drills near my workbench by using a simple circle hook and cup hook combination.

Where do you all tuck things away?

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 02-19-2008 06:16 AM

When I was in my garage shop I had to open the garage door to use the table saw. There was 1” between
it and the door. You’ll deal with it.

Cool drill hanger.

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#2 posted 02-19-2008 06:32 AM

plastic push sticks ! what an invention !

I do like your ideas

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#3 posted 02-19-2008 07:27 AM

Hi Bob;

You will never have enough room for everything. I’ll try to post some shots of how we save space.

Maybe some ideas willl help out.


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#4 posted 02-19-2008 07:35 AM

I save space by being pretty good at getting rid of crud I don’t need. I also try to do the following:
  • Get rid of things with doors on them, and put drawers in them. I like drawers better than doors
  • Get things up on the wall. French Cleats rule. Don’t be afraid to go high.
  • Every tool is mobile, and every stand has drawers
  • I store things on my tools (kinda). On my PowerMatic 66 I threw away the crappy plastic motor cover and made one out of ply. I hang blades, featherboards, pushticks, etc. right on the saw
  • When I ordered my workbench I ordered all of the drawers for it too. It has a lot of storage
  • Again, get rid of stuff! If that piece of scrap is too small to be useful, it goes in the burnpile

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#5 posted 02-19-2008 08:03 AM

Bob, sounds like you have the same problem that most of us have – shortage of space. It’s funny that you posted your saw stand with the hanging tools on it – I am finishing up a similar stand for mine. Good solution for a part of the problem anyway.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 02-19-2008 08:40 AM

That’s a cool idea, I have the same saw and might do the same. I did notice something though. The cover that goes over the pulley on your motor is missing. I don’t think you could be injured by that, but an offcut piece of wood could fall in there and do some damage. Just something to consider.

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#7 posted 02-19-2008 11:59 AM

Good storage and organizational ideas.

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#8 posted 02-19-2008 12:54 PM


I think that from the comments you can discern that most of us share your dilemma about lack of space. It is this “problem” that drives us to seek alternatives to the status quo. Like you I hang as much as I can on the tools themselves- combo squares and carpenter’s squares hang on my miter saw stand, hex wrenches are taped to my band and table saws and so forth. I try go get as much storage as I can between the floor joists as well. This tends to be a storage area that is often overlooked.

It would be nice to have all the storage, space and tools that we “think we need” but I believe that this would quickly become boring. For without challenges we tend to be content with the status quo.

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#9 posted 02-19-2008 03:25 PM

Great use of space, cool ideas.

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#10 posted 02-20-2008 01:45 AM

Hi Bob;

Since you’ve been in my shop you know there’s very little open space. I sure do miss it!

I have been using wall space, skylight space, whatever I can find to keep things organized.

The business side of our assembly benches have shallow shelves with various coffee cans with many screw sizes, biscuits different glues and cordless screw guns .

Pretty much every thing close by for assembly. Air tools and electric hook ups are hanging from the ceiling. These too, are mounted from a board attached to the overhead door hardware.

Hanging on this board is a stapler, brad nailer, pin nailer, small square, small bow saw,, (homemade), and a couple spotlights for detail work.

Directly behind this bench is a work bench with vacuum accessories and vises.

It does help us with being productive.

Maybe these photos will give you some ideas.

(see you at the picnic)


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#11 posted 02-20-2008 02:14 AM

me too. i have that saw as well. perhaps ill try that. i drilled some holes for rare earth magnets and installed them in the push stick handles to keep them on the tablesaw and handy.

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#12 posted 02-20-2008 02:46 AM

one thing is apparent from looking at the photos in this thread. i need at least 2 more cordless drills :)

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#13 posted 02-20-2008 05:27 AM

I added a pegboard to the side of my table saw stand, similiar concept to your idea. Also the router cart I built has pegboard sides and a drawer to hold items for the outer.
Best concept I have found is pegboard, and things that can serve a multipurpose.


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#14 posted 12-11-2009 11:09 PM

Space savers I have done so far…

#1. Stacking system for my bench top tools.
My tool stacker setup. #2. Wall mounted small parts bins, clamp rack, and shelving for handheld power tools and safety gear. Sorry the pic is so old, I have managed to cram WAY more in there since I took this snapshot, and got the plastic small parts bins lined up better.
Wall of Stuff #3. Use otherwise dead space behind and above the drill press. I’ve got storage for all my drill bits, forstner bits, spades, hole saws, etc… Not to mention several 100’ extension cords, and of course, some yard tools.
Drill Press Dead Space used. #4. Building a riser for my dust collector, to allow me to put my air compressor underneath it.
Dust Collector Riser #5. No photo, but utilizing the space under the extension wing of my table saw to house my Ridgid wet / dry vac, and Thien cyclone. #6. Not entirely happy with this, and am planning on building a proper ballast / cabinet for it, but storage shelf slotted and drilled for lathe accessories.

The following are upcoming space maximizing projects. #1. Proper lathe ballast / tool cabinet. #2. End span between work bench legs will get a chunk of peg board to hang pnuematic nailers, and hand saws. #3. Table Saw Extension Wing legs will get a piece of ply to hang bit boxes, including as yet built bit box for all of my loose bits, with expansion room. #4. Cabinet / drawers on workbench under top, over spreaders….

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