Michael, Michael, Michael. Just be delighted she doesn't have a colostomy bag
for you to help with.
"A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to
the ground." H. L. Mencken
Last (?) FWW had an article -- one of the key points was that it doesn't
make so much of a difference as to the "how", just have someplace
specific for everything. The other suggestion was to pick up at least
10 items and put them away before beginning work each time one enters
the shop. And, to keep that from being too onerous initially, 10 items
can be as simple as 3 sockets left out, etc., count as three items. The
point being, obviously, if you do a little at a time, it's not such a
chore, and if there is a place for things, then it's easier to keep
organized once accomplished.
I've tried it, beginning to try to find the places to put stuff...
The one thing I would add, is those cheap Zip plastic food containers keep
making more of a show, especially the sandwich size. One of these days I'm
going to make a shelving unit to store a bunch of them so they are
I've found what works best for me is doing shop stuff until I can't find
the tool I'm looking for or until I don't have room to put something down,
whichever comes first. Then I spend a day putting everything back, during
which I usually say several times "So THAT'S where that went!" Sometimes
it's two days.
Then I either sharpen my edged tools because now I know where they all are,
or start doing shop stuff again.
I agree with Pat, though. I need lots more drawers. Big ones and little
ones. Having totes and buckets and soft-side tool carriers is nice because
at least all the parts and accessories are all in the same place as the
tool, but now I need someplace to put the totes.
I've been working on it for three days now, and I still have 2/3 of my
workbench covered. At least I can see almost all of the floor now. I had
stuff piled up all over the place around things I hadn't used in awhile.
LOL! I'm there. I've got every plane iron and chisel in the place laid out
with all my sharpening stuff. Gonna do a Sharpen Fest tomorrow or the day
after or whenever I steal enough time away from the hospital or my wife
gets home, whichever comes first.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
Dunno if this will help, but my high school shop (this is +/- 20 years ago)
had a very large freestanding cabinet, about 4' wide, 8' high and 24" deep.
The front was two doors that were hinged at the center of each side of the
cabinet, so that when you opened it up, you basically had a center cabinet
4x8 x 12" deep and a pair of 2x8 x 12" deep cabinets hinged to each side.
(hope this makes sense). All of the shop's hand tools were stored in this
cabinet, and there must have been a few hundred different items. I would
say that if you have the room for one giant cabinet for all your tools (and
you can put pegboard etc. on the inside) and something like an old library
card catalog or apothecary cabinet for hardware, that will leave a lot of
room free in your shop and keep most of the dust off stuff.
furnace is right in the middle of the room. What is wrong
with the people who install these things?!!!! I'm only tolerating the
situation; my wife and I plan to move somewhere else once the kids graduate
from high school. The furnace is the number one impediment to me ever
getting my workshop organized.
I have changed the way I've organized my workshop twice, so I'd have to say
the most important things are those wheels. If you've got them you can
think about reconfiguring for the job at hand. If you don't, you're less
likely to want to change. I've all but given up looking for the "correct"
way to organize, because just when I figure out what it should be, I start
building different things that require a different organization. Just don't
try to cram too many things into too small a space or you'll really limit
your options for change.
- Owen -
There are little plastic clips that hold down peg hooks that span at least two
holes vertically(including the hole for the peg itslef). You cannot put two
hooks directly adjacent to each other, however you can put the ends of the
clips in the same hole, so a one hole space between hooks is possible. They
come in some of the kits at the borgs, and im sure they also come seperately.
The individual hooks are the ones i have the trouble with, the rail types, and
the double rail types usually stay in by themselves... anyhoo...
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