The solution to that (if you'd have seen my workspaces you'd be laughing
now) is to build more horizontal surfaces. Put stuff on there instead of
your bench and clean off your bench every now and again.
Eventually, you'll have enough horizontal surfaces that not all of them
will be full. Then you'll go to the store...
Are you making adequate use of pegboard? I think that's where I'm going
next. I mean after I do the next 4 or 5 big projects on my list. I need
to get back to my drywall and painting, so I can get some of those
I've seen some interesting storage ideas in Shop Notes, if you are
looking for a storage project!
A "Mobile clamp holder" is on my project list--a way to store the
fifteen 4-foot pipe clamps I got to glue a heavy workbench top
(someday), or a kitchen table top. My new impact driver should help make
easy work of that. I hope you are enjoying your new one.
I'll start using pegboard the day I become a member of the Handyman
Club of America, Bill. (It'll be a cold day in hell, IOW.) I hate the
I need to build and put up more cabinets. But that's AFTER I get rid
of all the sheer -crap- in my shop. I've reclaimed about 64 square
feet so far, with another 50 or so to go. I now have enough room to
finish the CNC router. Craigslist has been a boon, getting rid of
all the unfinished repair projects I decided didn't need to get done
in the first place. I got $100 for the riding mower with the blown
engine yesterday, but it wasn't stored inside. My yard is looking
I'm thinking about dismantling mine. It's in the way more often than
not, and I have wall space under the cabs.
Yeah, I love my Makita. What'd you buy, again?
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
-- Sir Winston Churchill
Larry tell us how you really feel...
Larry, with the little black plastic clips the holders don't come off.
They actually make good sense, unless you have a cabinet where every
tool has a spot.
I would love to make one to mount all my hand planes. But for now they
stay in the drawer.
Thanks. All have smooth soles and are "Type 11" models made from 1910-1918
(low-knob, three patent dates, V-logo blades) except for the No. 2 (a later
"Sweetheart" model) and the No. 5-1/4 (a Type 14) which weren't made during the
"Type 11" era. I use them all!
The rack works very well BTW, and is very convenient. It's SO much more handy
to reach right above the workbench (which is where I do 95% of my planing) and
pull down or put away the right plane than to go digging through a drawer or
cabinet. The rack took some time to build, but it was time well spent.
Any given amount of traffic flow, no matter how
sparse, will expand to fill all available lanes.
Maybe you just need to paint it? <ducking> I don't necessarily
like pegboard either, but I know the stuff has to go *somewhere*!
Maybe glue dowels into a piece of plywood, add paint for tool outlines
like in school, custom?
Proud to hear it!
Next time I use them on a project, I don't want to be looking for and
tripping over clamps! : )
Bosch 18v drill and impact driver and 4 half-sized batteries for $198,
w/3 year warrantee. I serioulsy considered buying the extra one you had
for sale, but after shipping it didn't make much sense. Good deal for
someone local. Portland, right?
The way Bosch was/is "dumping" their batteries, I expect they may be
about ready to move to another generation (20v?).
Have a look at slatwall. While it's more expensive than pegboard, hooks
are good quality and cheap. I got a box of 96 for around $36, good
quality hooks that'll hold quite a bit of weight.
Slatwall makes it easy to reposition things (easier than pegboard!) and
can be mounted to studs (instead of drywall?--check codes etc) so it will
be plenty strong. The variety of hooks available is amazing, but not all
Menards has sheets for $36 for plain white (which is cheaper than painted
pegboard if you want to choose the color), or $42+ for other styles.
Beware the imitators--the "wall systems" that are 1-3 slatwall tracks and
some hooks. I can't speak to their quality, but their cost is
significantly more than the slatwall. We've all got saws here, buy the
sheets and cut them.
Slatwall is only part of a proper tool storage system. You'll need
drawers and shelves as well. It does help to have a bench to store stuff
on as well. *g*
"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote
Slat wall is often available from businesses who no longer need it or are
going out of business. I have seen it come up on Craig's List several times
a year. Look under For Sale - Business. I have installed slat wall before.
There is a huge number of acrylic types of shelves available for them. New
very expensive. Used, quite reasonable.
Interesting enough, the used stuff is often the most expensive varieties.
I seen a bunch of it recently that was mirror faced slat wall. Can you see
your planes displayed on acrylic shelves against a mirror background?
Totally prohibitive if bought new. But picking it up used, it could work.
Close ... I just like being thoroughly aggravated by the "music" and
testing my reactions before breakfast at how long it takes to hit the
mute button. ;)
Actually, bought the product way before I found (this morning) the video
(the younger generation seems to prefer being entertained by things that
whiz, bang and move ... have to make up for lack of reading
I bought my most recent alligator board locally at Northern Tool. Might
want to call the manufacturer, because when I first bought the product
the places that were supposed to carry it locally didn't keep it in
stock and would only order it for you. I called alligatorboard and they
assured me that NT generally kept it in stock at all stores, although
they weren't listed as such at the time ... sure enough, they had plenty
in all sizes on the show room floor.
Do find myself shopping Amazon more and more for shop stuff ... you just
have to anticipate need a few days in advance, although things seem to
actually beat the original delivery date specified. Had to unclog an AC
drain with my little corded/cordless DeWalt 2 gal shop vac the other day
and toasted the filter ... apparently the only place you can buy a
replacement filter for these things is online. One-click Amazon came
through in short order.
About the only time I deviate is when the shipping through the third
party takes longer. In that case can usually get it quicker going to the
You guys have it pretty good down there. I can't/don't order from
amazon.com because of the duty we get dumped on us.
There is an amazon.ca, but they don't stock half the stuff that the
.com division has and they charge more for the stuff that both *do*
stock. Doesn't matter about our monies being on par.
The US really *is* a capitalist country but you have to live there to
take advantage of it. When I win the lottery, I'm moving down there in
Well, you maybe right, especially with my health problems. But then,
I'd be rich, so I could afford it.
Vancouver was at the top of the heap cost wise in Canada, but I think
Toronto just took over that position. Believe it or not though,
Toronto is numbered 61 in the world. I don't want to know what the
other ones are.
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