For my main bench in the garage (mild climate in "Slower Lower"
Delaware), the majority of my tools -- woodworking, household repair
stuff, etc. goes on peg boards above and to one side of my bench. I
have a tote box to load up with whatever I need for a given job around
the house. Some tools, like small set of 1/4" sockets and a box for
drill bits are on a shelf to one side.
Sets of drawers for small power tools like jigsaw, electric drill,
Automotive tools -- mostly 3/8" and 1/2" sockets, wrenches, etc. are
in a tool box that can be taken to the driveway, or other part of the
garage as needed for car or lawnmower work. I really should have these
in a box on wheels, but I really don't have enough space. I might re-
Specialized tools, like my gun smithing and reloading tools are in a
separate "tackle" box with compartments for the small bits and pieces.
Tools for model building are in a separate toolbox - really a fishing
tackle box with small compartments. Another toolbox is devoted to
small tools for delicate tasks, electronics, etc. That one lives under
my desk in my office at home which doubles for small "clean" projects.
LIkewise artist's supplies - acrylics, watercolors get their own
I find that "Sportsman's Dry Boxes" that you can get in any sporting
goods dealer make especially good toolboxes. The better ones have
trays. There is an "O" ring seal around the top to keep dirt and
moisture out. One is used in each of the cars for emergency tools and
There are obviously some duplicates -- multiple sets of gaspipe
pliers, screwdrivers, etc. here and there, as needed.
Assorted small parts, etc., live in a couple of sets of those gadgets
with little drawers that you can bolt to the wall. Larger quantities
of stuff are in jars, boxes, etc. in a couple of large cabinets.