Workshop Storage - a bit overkill perhaps...

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Project by JohnW posted 01-26-2013 09:18 PM 11788 views 67 times favorited 54 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ll admit it – I have a bit of a tendency to collect far more “stuff” than one would normally need. To keep these pack rat tendencies from over-running my shop, I built this storage hutch to utilize space on my miter saw bench. Overall it’s approximately 80” wide, 21” tall, and 12” deep. This still leaves me plenty of room to use the front portion of the bench as as work surface when needed.

The left hand portion houses 100 plastic bins in divided compartments. The carcass is mostly 1/2” plywood, with 1/4” MDF partitions. To provide a bit of durability, the horizontal shelves are edges in aluminum U channel. And of course the bins are labeled so I can find those oh-so-important screws when needed.

The right hand portion is used to store my drills and impact driver. I also built a few small drawers for odds and ends. The drawers are faced in Alder, and I used the same aluminum U channel for the horizontal shelves here as well.

The top is built from a piece of 1 1/4” thick MDF material, edged in Cherry – all material left over from our house construction (which was 12 years ago… did I mention I tend to collect stuff?). I placed my battery chargers here, along with a Sonos music system, and an oscillating fan. I also added a holster for my Bosch driver that didn’t have a home in lower unit.

This unit has been very effective in keeping LOTS of odds and ends organized, and at arms reach when assembling projects. In fact, it was so helpful, I built a second one for the left end of my miter bench…

Thanks for looking! JW

Update: I’ve uploaded a Sketchup File for this unit, it’s noted below in the comments but thought I’d add it here as well for reference.

-- For those that understand, no explanation is necessary. For those that don't understand, no explanation is possible.

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 09:30 PM

Wow – that is a lot of storage and amazing organization. Here I thought I was super organized in my shop. You have showed me the next level.

What is the compartment next to the TV? A file cabinet?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 09:44 PM

This is great! I love the idea of a lot of small compartments instead of big ones that collect unrelated items
nice job.

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 09:44 PM

Thx Earl - I can’t decide if I’m organized or obsessive compulsive!

The compartment next to the TV (to the right I assume) is the Sonos music system – their Play:3 to be exact. It’s a standalone music source that keeps me entertained when the TV isn’t showing English Premier League football matches. I built a shelf over the top of it to give me a landing zone for the oscillating fan, as well as an iPod I use to control the Sonos.

GSimon – exactly regarding the small compartments – with this I don’t have to dig through drawers to find stuff

-- For those that understand, no explanation is necessary. For those that don't understand, no explanation is possible.

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Don W

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#4 posted 01-26-2013 10:21 PM

I had to look to see what overkill in shop organization would look like. It doesn’t look like overkill to me. Just one question though, will you come and do my shop?

And how do you keep it so clean?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 01-26-2013 10:33 PM

That’s a great storage unit. One of the big advantages is freedom from dust. Putting as many things as possible in drawers and behind cabinet doors has made my shop a lot cleaner. Of course, for the memory-challenged it also helps to have label holders and labels so that you don’t open more than one drawer or cabinet door while looking for a tool or supply.

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#6 posted 01-26-2013 10:39 PM

A great oganizational masterpiece!
Perhaps a little OCD…..
But that ain’t a bad thing!!!

Since you’ll be traveling cross country to do Don’s shop…
You can swing by my shop and help me!!! Ok, I’ll let you do it all!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 01-26-2013 10:51 PM

Nicely done crisp and orderly, very sharp indeed.

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#8 posted 01-26-2013 10:58 PM

Enitrely to neat and orderly … “Yer mak’in the rest of us look bad” ... but I am envious.
Well thought out, planned, and executed.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#9 posted 01-26-2013 11:04 PM

Wow clean!
Awesome storage.


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Andy Panko

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#10 posted 01-26-2013 11:37 PM

Looks great!

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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#11 posted 01-26-2013 11:51 PM

it appears the stuff you have collected has a good home…super nice…oh i just noticed the metal edging-nice touch…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#12 posted 01-26-2013 11:54 PM

Man that is nice storage. Great work.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#13 posted 01-27-2013 12:20 AM

Fantastic! I looks amazing—someday I hope to have dust under control half as well as you seem to. Great project, and really great looking shop. Congratulations!

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#14 posted 01-27-2013 12:35 AM

Love that storage – can’t ever have too much of that, or tools either.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#15 posted 01-27-2013 02:10 AM

Great useful storage unit

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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