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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 01-12-2016 07:48 PM 928 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2016 07:48 PM

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Metal working is a pretty broad category in my garage including everything from light artistic sheet metal work to mechanical work on cars & trucks. Some (maybe many) of the tools used in the garage are also needed in the wood shop and having two of everything on top of what some would consider a pretty expensive hobby can become very expensive. As a result most everything that I know will be used in the garage stays there as any required vehicle repair/maintenance always takes precedence over finishing up some small project in the wood shop as it’s usually a gift for someone that’s not on a tight time constraint. Because of this I constantly find myself running from the shop to the garage to get what I need. I have help organize many kaizen and 5S projects at work to reduce downtime and speed up scheduled maintenance but for some reason I don’t have the energy to do the same at home, perhaps as a function of trying to leave work at work which can sometimes be hard. Does anyone else run into this problem? How do you deal?

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 07:55 PM

I do not have a garage and shop. The garage was long ago turned into a play room. I use 5 gallon buckets with bucket buddies to keep a lot of my hand tools in. One bucket is for electrical tool, another for plumbing, another for general grab and go jobs (and a place for duplicate and triplicate tools). These work well for the common tools. But i do find I have duplicate tools to help minimize the back and forth from the far side of of the shop to work area. Harbor Freight 20% off coupons make it easier to have 2 sets of wrenches, etc.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 07:56 PM

I’ve got my Millermatic 210 welder sitting next to my RAS in the garage… and one of my metal lathes in a spare room is on the other side of the wall where my wood lathe lives on the back patio. And all my stuff is scattered between the shop, garage, a spare room in the house and back screened patio without much thought to usage pattern, but more for space utilization.

I figure it’s good exercise :)


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#3 posted 01-12-2016 07:57 PM

My shop is in my garage, however, one side is the woodworking side, the other side has my milling machine, metal bandsaw, metal lathe, grinders, and associated accessories. Even with that proximity, I still find myself getting tired of going back and forth across the garage 20 times in an evening working on something. I could save, like, 3 whole minutes a night if I didn’t do that! I can’t even think of how annoying it would be if they were in different buildings or like a garage and a basement…

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 08:22 PM

I have more tools than any 3 people should be allowed to have and my wife never says a word when I decide that I need another ‘something’. I keep one rollaway w/top box in the garage and a second 12 dwawer box on the bench. A second rollaway with top box is in the shed and ‘stuff’ on the shelves.
All of my wood tools are in the wood shop with the exception of a few hand wrenches I may need occasionally, then they are right outside the door.
I’ll tell you how bad I am about getting and not needing – I bought a new DeWalt 10” sliding compound miter saw w/laser light. I used it half a dozen time and took it to the shed because it was in my way. Except for compound cuts I can do everything on the table saw and Radial saw that I presently build. Of course compound cut are easy on the radial as well, I just don’t have to make any.
When I did work (employed) I seemed to be the only one of 8 men that had a full compliment of tools that made the job easier. The reason ? I didn’t spend 4 or 5 hours at the bar after work so I had disposable income and I managed to dispose of it on tools for ME.
probably didn’t answer your question but – - -

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 01:43 AM

Being a retired machinist, it is interesting how often the two can be combined. Over in the back corner of my wood shop is a couple of handy machines.

-- Tom

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#6 posted 01-13-2016 03:11 AM

I’m pretty sure you have more shop than I have house.

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#7 posted 01-13-2016 07:13 PM

My 1200sf shop is divided 70/30% wood and metal. Mt metal shop is a separate room within the 1200sf area and is just large enough for an 11” lathe and a knee type milling machine.A metal cutting band saw and grinder resides in the wood area. This arrangement works fine as the metal shop can be heated or cooled easily. Keeping the wood/metal separate, wood dust is eliminated from the metal shop.

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#8 posted 01-13-2016 08:20 PM

While I don’t have a mill or metal lathe (those would be nice if I had more space), I do have various tools for cutting, grinding and joining metal and one of the biggest things that worries me even if I do some time in the future get a much larger shop is bringing an ignition source to a fuel source. The tool situation is primarily one of needed additional organization. A little time early this morning revealed some duplicates I had forgotten about. Now I need to find time to completely clean out my rolling tool chest and take out all that is inhibiting me from working efficiently in the garage and allowing me to put together a few more tools to take to the wood shop. Thanks to those offering input, this is a WIP and will continue to be for some time.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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