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#1 posted 04-11-2015 10:43 AM

Two things:

1) designing and building nice “shop furniture” is a great way for us beginners to practice. It provides you with a constant reminder of mistakes you’ve made while you’re out there working. Also, when you get something right, it is right there in your shop for you to enjoy while you’re working.

2) I have several of the common variety plastic crates with lids. I bought them for moving, with the intention to get the shop/garage organized longer term. I find this to be a really useful way to organize/store things. For example, ALL of the “extra” stuff from all of my shop tools is in one single crate (cheap OEM miter gauge, big book for my incra system, left over screws and wrenches etc. that came with a saw, etc.). Also I have a crate for ALL of my less frequently used Dewalt cordless tools. The drill sits on the bench. Everything else that is yellow goes in that one crate. This way, I spend a lot less time wandering around the shop rummaging for things I don’t use all that often.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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