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Posted on How do you segregate and organize different TYPES of tools?

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#1 posted 12-31-2018 08:43 PM

Try something then change it as you build experience and/or add tools. The primary goal is for everything to have a place and for you to know where that is. My wife has no clue where to find anything in my shop and this is on purpose – she has to ask and therefore I know what she has and what to ask her to return since she never does so on her own.

I group types of tools together. Mechanics tools are separated from ww tools, in various tool boxes large and small. All hand held pwr tools are in a large cabinet, along with drill bits. All router bits and adj tools are in drawers in the router table (hand held touters in the cabinet). Many hand planes and all ww chisels hang on the ww bench, with small planes etc in drawers, all measuring devices (except tapes) in drawers in ww bench. More planes hang on the wall. Sharpening cart has all related jigs, stones, wet grinder, etc. Lathe has shop built tool holders and shelving to hold 40+ lathe chisels, 1/2 dozen tool rests, numerous drive/live centers, and chucks, all on the lathe, which can be wheeled anywhere. Reload equipment is located on its portion of my “general workbench”. Specialized motorcycle tools are in a separate drawer of the wheeled mechanic’s toolbox. Somehow i know where 35 years worth of tools and spare parts are.

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