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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 01-22-2018 03:25 PM 901 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2018 03:25 PM

Temperatures got up into the 50s here in Mid-Maryland this weekend, after several weeks of single digit and teen highs. Woo-Hoo !!! FINALLY got some garage time. Things have gotten a bit out of hand out there, and I am determined to get well organized over the next couple of months. (This “job” nonsense interferes with quality shop time…..)
I decided to start with the pegboard over the general use bench, which sees everything from sharpening on the grinder to rewiring lamps for the wife. This area had really gotten pretty bad with a fair amount of “stuff” hung randomly over the last few years.
I stripped the board completely, determined to not hang anything on it which I would not absolutely NEED or USE in that area. Time for some brutally honest reflection. I do NOT need to hang EVERY screwdriver and EVERY pair of pliers I own above this bench. Only a 4-in-1 and a ratcheting screwdriver were hung in a central location within easy reach. A wooden holder containing various tips for the ratcheting screwdriver, along with it’s flexible shaft and the extra long bit holder accompanies the tool for which they are intended. There is a mechanic’s style tool chest on the left end of the bench containing wrenches, sockets, drive handles and all manner of pliers, all within easy reach. No need to hang any of those in this area. I put the excess of these in a box for redeployment elsewhere either in the shop or house.
It’s amazing how much space gets freed up for other items one actually needs, IF it is limited to ONLY items that will be used in that area. Like the soldering iron, plus a holder for it’s attendant solder and flux. Or the staple gun plus a wire holder for the staples to go in it. How about the wire stripper that always seemed to be lost before now? Oh, and I now ALWAYS know where I put my shop reading glasses, now. There is a wire holder for the hard plastic eyeglass case. It’s not just roaming around the bench top anymore.
So far, I’m very pleased with the new “work station” approach, wherein only the tools used and needed in that area are kept handy. Nothing inspires like success, so I can’t wait to get out there and get more area organized !!!

-- OleGrump

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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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