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post #1 of 58 Old 01-05-2009, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Small Shop Storage Solutions

I'm fairly new at woodworking & a bit reluctant to show my work against all the pros out there, but I have a very small garage shop and space is at a premium. Here are some photos of storage & space saving solutions I've built over the past year. Please be kind to the newbie.
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It looks just like it came out of a magazine on "How to make a small shop" It is too neat to be real..................now to keep it that way

I would certainly be proud of it. Great job!
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It looks great.

How come there is so much empty space?

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What do you mean 'be kind to the newbie'? Your shop looks fantastic. Great job on all your little holders, organizers and such. Most people don't take the time to build anything nice to put their tools in. I think you did a great job. Now, just a couple of things. The shop is way too clean, must not be much going on there. What are those funny looking metal things sticking out of your rollaround wood holder? Where did you get the chome wire racks?
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Thanks, Ohio Ron & George. My wife hates a messy garage & my shop vac gets a workout. I only have a few feet between walls, so I have to work in an organized fashion (the portable table saw rolls away). All the tables fold & collapse into the walls in case I have to park a car, which I never do. Here's my design table on the opposite wall.
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Eh Gods ! I bow to anyone building dovetailed paintcan shelves !

You are a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad man !
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You need to get that shop dirty! How can you run a computer in that space without clogging it with sawdust? BTW, the steel storage shelves are great, parituclarly if you have wheels installed. Terrific shop.
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You want to come to Arizona and come organize my shop. I know the weather sucks there right now. Its supposed to be sunny here the rest of the week. In the 60's. Great job on the organizers. Maybe someday I will get that organized,but I don't see that in the near future. Seriously, nice job.

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Good gosh man!!!! Finger jointed shelving unit for paints and stains. What ever happened to the milk crate and old book shelf idea. Great job!!!! One of these days soon, I'm gonna post some pictures of my shop. I too am short on space. Thanks for sharing. Awesome looking shop.
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Hi guys. I went in the house for dinner & came back to read all your responses & laughed out loud. I promise you, when I'm working on a project the shop is a complete mess & I'm literally stumbling over everything, and I can't seem to start a new project until it's clean again. Maybe it's a fetish. The box joint shelves for my stains & varnishes was my first attempt at doing box joints & I think I'll build some little drawers for the bottom 2 compartments. I just wanted to see if I could do it & it came out pretty nice. Next time I'll post some pictures with sawdust in them. Thanks to all.
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To answer your question, Mike, the funny looking metal things are old golf clubs (but I think you knew that) & the metal rack came from the Container Store (pretty conventional, but it's a beast & holds a ton of weight).
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Here's a simple solution for storing your dovetail jig & templates... a couple of 2x3s, T-Bolts (loose fitting so the templates slide right off) & a pair of ladder hooks. You can hang it high & out of the way. I really have to stop organizing, it's crazy.
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Nice work windstorm. Those are the kinds of solutions I'm going to need. A car won't even fit in my shop it's only 12x12. I've got to start parking my 4 wheeler somewhere else and getting rid of "just in case stuff" that's taking up space and then get creative about layout and tool storage. Good job with your shop and keep the ideas coming.

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Incredible,OMG!,Not a speck of dust or dirt,You could eat off anything in there!!Perform open heart surgery,I need to do an exorcism in my shop! WTG! Itchy
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Jporter, just imagine your workspace as wallpaper. If you had to fold all your tools against the wall, what would it look like? As crazy as it sounds, I can still fit a Nissan SUV in my 10'X20' garage because all my table legs hinge & table tops collapse.
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Itchy, I've done some exorcisms in my shop, but no open heart surgery, at least not yet.
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Where's the junk and sawdust?

Interested in my woodworking, workshop and whatnot? See http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com, want to see my other interests such as hunting, fishing, off roading, and camping? See http://wildersport-outdoors.blogspot.com
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Here's one that comes in handy & anyone can build... A pair of clamp racks made of 2x3s attached to a french cleat made of 3/4" ply. It's simple, strong & cheap. Sorry for the shadowy photo.
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One more... No room for a cabinet saw & portable is the only solution? Build an infeed & outfeed table around your Dewalt & put it on a rolling cart when you have to remove it for cross cuts. Okay, now it's time to share your space saver solutions. I'd love to see your pics.
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Sorry, I forgot to attach the table saw photo. Here it is...
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