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Pegboard Purge

by OleGrump
posted 01-22-2018 03:25 PM

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 01-22-2018 04:21 PM

Sounds like you are taking control of the clutter. Good for you. I need to follow suit and revisit some of my clutter!

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#2 posted 01-22-2018 06:23 PM

I have never seen a “actual working shop” that stayed totally clutter free!

Only in the magazine pictures do hey look that organized!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 01-22-2018 06:36 PM

The garage will never make “Shop Beautiful” or be featured in one of those TV woodshop shows with hosts wearing pressed khakis, but it sure helps to be able to FIND what you need when you’re looking for it….. Baby steps have been made. I hope to keep walking in the right direction. I’ll always have a certain amount of clutter. I just want to try and control it before it starts controlling ME….... LOL

-- OleGrump

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#4 posted 01-22-2018 06:52 PM

I clicked the post, thinking I’d see pegboard in the dumpster, lawl.

Congrats on organizing progress, I need to do the same thing and actually started some cleanup over the weekend as the weather cooperated a bit. There’s a lot to be said for getting rid of what hasn’t brought us joy in years. Shops have scraps that will never be used for projects, tools that are redundant, and clutter that stands in the way of efficiency.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 01-23-2018 01:11 PM

Since I began this reorganization project, two side benefits have presented themselves: First, I have been able to repurpose some items that have been lurking around the shop for hanging tools and/or supplies. (For instance, a few quick snips with diagonal cutters and a couple of bends have transformed a wide wire drawer organizer into two “pockets” for tools. Another long, thin drawer organizer became the pocket to hold the shop reading glasses in their hard plastic case. The wire mesh pencil cup was flattened slightly on one side, and held in place with two 1/8 plastic anchors and screws (Which I had on hand) Pencils, a box cutter, the paint can opener now live in this stabilized container. Being a “scrounge” at heart, I’m glad to be able to find new life for these things that have been kicking around for awhile. (The wife has sent some of her crap to the garage. I my domain, I consider it “fair game” for reusing to my purposes…..) It’s pretty amazing what you can hang on pegboard with a little imagination.
The second benefit is the surprising amount of hardware I have unearthed. Screws, nuts, bolts, hinges, mending brackets, etc. I’ve been putting these in a shoe sized box so they’re all in one place, and can be sorted out later. This will save some time and money at the hardware store, that’s for sure.

-- OleGrump

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#6 posted 01-23-2018 01:17 PM

Your way ahead of me…I live in southern Maryland and with the break in the weather I just completed getting the first inspection for power being run to what is going to be my new shop. Wish it was done and I was doing the “organizing”!!!!

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#7 posted 01-23-2018 05:01 PM

Hey, I’m what the outsiders call a “Southern Maryland Inbred” (or S.M.I.B.) myself ! I’ve just been displaced up here around Frederick. (Or “Fred-Neck”) With the weather we’re having here in “Marilyn”, it’s hard to believe it’s only January….. I’m sure you’ll have your shop up and running before it’s time to do some crabbin’........ It’ll be nice to be “bustin’ bugs” with mallets you’ve made yourself ! (This is what most of y’all would call “cracking crabs”)

One last comment about reorganizing the pegboard. The natural inclination is to have everything hanging flat up against the wall. But if you look at some of the factory made hooks, some of them can be pretty long. Since the bench in question is 24 inches, having some of the items stick out three or four inches doesn’t hurt anything. With some hooks made out of coat hanger wire added sideways to a long hook, things like large tin snips can be hung at 90 degrees to wall. This takes up less wall space while not interfering with the main work area. Just make sure these items are placed in an area where there is no risk of bumping your head on them !

-- OleGrump

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#8 posted 01-23-2018 05:10 PM

I’m about to pull down my pegboard, since I don’t like the way the “holders” act, not hanging straight or always pulling off the wall… going to put up a plywood sheet with french cleat rails and build my own holders for the essentials…

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#9 posted 01-23-2018 05:16 PM

Hey, I’m what the outsiders call a “Southern Maryland Inbred” (or S.M.I.B.) myself ! I ve just been displaced up here around Frederick.
- OleGrump

Small world … I was born in Frederick. We moved to Virginia when I was just a few months old. My dad is now back in Frederick, just north of the Monocacy National Battlefield.

You will have to take some photos once you reorganization is complete.

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