I would like to compile an inventory of everything in my workshop and would
like to know if somebody, perhaps, has such a list on Excel or other
electronic format which I could copy.
Once I started with this process I realized just how long it is going to
take and is now looking for a quick solution.
Any other advice would also be appreciated.
Go to Microsoft & look at their templates:
or this page:
What exactly do you need that is time consuming.
Just make column headings for things like:
If you want to make notations such as warranty time just make another
column. I made mine in about five minutes. I also had a total for my
entire purchases. Ouch!
What I did when I moved to my new shop was use this program called "Every
thing I own".
I recorded what it was the model, serial number then snapped a pic of it as
Took a bit of time to do but worth its weight in gold in something were to
ever happen to the shop.
I made a shop inventory on the advise of the insurance man. I had guessed
the ballpark total value of all tools in the shop. I made 100 photographs
that included everything, down to drill sets, screwdriver bits ets. Next, I
made a list in Excel of everything in each photo and included a rough
replacement cost for each item. Amazing how those little things add up. My
initial estimate was low by half!
No kidding! I inventoried my tools a few years ago. I had over $10,000 in
non-powered hand tools! Then add to it all the tailed tools! I need to get
out and revise it as the collection has increased considerably.
There were several programs I found back in the mid to late 90's that I
used a lot. One was a shop inventory program. You could list all your
tools, model, serial, cost. I was amazed by how much money I had in
tools when I used it. I'll look around in my archives and if I find it
I'll post it to the wood binaries group or a web page.
Something that you can do quickly is take a photo inventory.
It's not as detailed or precise as a written inventory, but it's quick
to do, and as thorough as you choose to make it (e.g., open cabinets
and drawers to photograph their contents.)
In the long run you'll probably want a written list, but this will get
you started and it will provide evidence of what you own in case you
ever need it for insurance reasons.
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