Shop organazation series #1: Introduction and box #1

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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 07-19-2012 04:13 AM 1342 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Good evening LJ’s,

As I begin this series on shop organization I must give you a little background for my reason and inspiration first off my reason. My shop is small 12’x16’ total of 190 sq. ft. I have acquired more tools, and machines so space has shrunk and my original layout is not working anymore. What to do? what to do? One of my options is to build onto my shop expensive and not really feasible. Another would be to build a new one Nice but no on that. So with these two gone all that is left to do is modify what I already have. Now for my inspiration While strolling through Lowe’s I always admired the tool chest by cobalt for the mechanics tools roll around, plenty of drawers and the door for the fridge give me an idea on how to build mine :)

After reading a book called two second lean I stated a list like in the book of what annoyed me the most Come to find out there were quite a few repeat offenders here is a list

Tool Layout- Either tools/ processes getting in the way or conflicting with each other

Small tools – I was losing time looking for them or losing them in the dust / clutter

Large jigs or tools- always getting left on the tables or floors or just wherever

Portable tools- always laying down and never placed right

One word Sawdust

My first box is made from pallet wood and resembles the top tool chest built by Heluvawreck

it will store the following small tools

Top Till / Lid

6 Chisels
2 #4 Planes \
1 Block Plane
Bevel Gauge
dovetail saw
2 marking Knives
1 rabbet plane
1 12” combo Square
4 in hand rasp
1 jack plane

Drawer #1

12” dividers
9” inside Calipers
9” outside Calipers
6” inside calipers
Dovetail Gauge
Door hinge Gauge
6” Dial indicators

Drawer #2

4 12” Irwin Quick grip clamps

Drawer #3 Router collets/ bushings, Drawer glide jig, Door handle templates, and kreg Pocket hole Clamps.

I hope you enjoy journey to a clean shop and efficiency in a small place :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path [email protected]

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 12:34 PM

I think shop organization/s is/are always changing. Have fun. It’s never-ending

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 01:29 PM

As I seem to be always on the prowl for shop organization ideas, I’d love to see some pics…

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 01:58 PM

I agree with roger shop organization is always changing. I am always moving things around to make more room in my shop which is like 20×20 so I have a small shop to.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#4 posted 07-22-2012 10:36 AM

Keep working at it, my shop changes regularly too. Now, I may have too many table tops which just leads to more clutter. I like your approach, more drawers and each with a purpose!! Good luck.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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