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 Post subject: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:26 pm 
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It's become necessary to have a bonified workroom. Working out of 4 gym bags filled with tools, plus 3 more tool boxes, doesn't work anymore.

My husband has a work area in the corner of the basement. He's walling in this area, so the room will be 8' x 14'; my "wall" area is 7' x 8' with another 5' on the adjacent wall. The 7 foot wall will have my workbench, which is 4' long and 2' wide, with a pegboard behind it,a 22" fluorescent light above it, outlets on both sides, 2 drawers under it and a shelf under it. I'm going to install a thin piece of pipe, under the bench, on both sides, to hold my clamps. I've also gotten an adjustable shop chair with a foot ring.

I'm thinking of putting a second table along the 8' wall with shelves above.

So my question is, what is the most important organizational item in your shop or work area. What do you consider the most important?


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 Post subject: Re: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:16 pm 
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When it comes to organization I am fairly hopeless, but I can tell you what is most DISorganized in my shop -- the random wood I've accumulated. I need to figure out a way to deal with that.

Another problem area is sandpaper -- I need a system to keep track of what types I have and how much.

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 Post subject: Re: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:47 pm 
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I found that for my work routines a centrally located bench is a wonderful thing, not benches against walls. I put bookcases working as shelves against walls, and have used them as inexpensive dividers that can hold a whole bunch of stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:48 pm 
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This solved my sheet sandpaper organization (I got it on sale with a free shipping too so it made it more affordable to purchase).

http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-Tray- ... tand/D2927

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 Post subject: Re: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:55 pm 
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Tim, I bought just such a sandpaper safe from Grizzly when I was on a road trip a while ago. Biggest single shop space saver I ever bought. One square foot of footprint, and even that is recovered by parking something on the top of the safe. And it controls the scatter of sandpaper all around. Wonderful bit of shop furniture.

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 Post subject: Re: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:27 am 
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Ben-Had wrote:
This solved my sheet sandpaper organization (I got it on sale with a free shipping too so it made it more affordable to purchase).

http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-Tray- ... tand/D2927


Thanks!

I forgot to add that I have a 10 drawer cart that I can wheel around with me to store the sandpaper, tracing paper, chalkowax transfer paper, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:28 am 
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MaineGeezer wrote:
When it comes to organization I am fairly hopeless, but I can tell you what is most DISorganized in my shop -- the random wood I've accumulated. I need to figure out a way to deal with that.

Another problem area is sandpaper -- I need a system to keep track of what types I have and how much.

I'm going to the Habitat for Humanity Restore to see what I can pick up to solve this problem. Thanks for reminding me.


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 Post subject: Re: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:30 am 
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phavriluk wrote:
I found that for my work routines a centrally located bench is a wonderful thing, not benches against walls. I put bookcases working as shelves against walls, and have used them as inexpensive dividers that can hold a whole bunch of stuff.

That's a good idea. I'll take a look at doing this. I do have to share the shop area with my husband and I don't want to impede his area. Having said that, I have a second 4' x 2' table that can be centrally located for both of our use.

Good idea.


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 Post subject: Re: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:37 pm 
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I remember about 3 or 4 years ago John H. telling me you never have enough space and that is pretty close to being right. I bought a property 2 1/2 years ago and converted the oversized 2 car garage (25' x 27") into my shop and I'm quickly finding I'm getting cramped.

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 Post subject: Re: Workroom Ideas
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:21 am 
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"A problem area is sandpaper -- I need a system to keep track of what types I have and how much."

Here's my solution.


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