Today was all about cleaning the shop. I’m pretty good at always wiping down my tools and putting them away. Sweeping up the shavings…not so much. The shavings were close to knee deep, so something had to be done before starting a new project.
The day started off slow though. It was cold in the shop! I’m pretty sure I heard my little space heater swearing at me as I headed back to the house and waited for the shop to warm up. A couple of hours sweeping, sorting offcuts and two large trash bags later the shop was back in order and ready for the next project.
A while back Bill had requested an overview of my tool storage. I had almost forgot about it and thought today would be a good day to tackle that oversight.
My tool storage solutions are quite simple. Racks, drawers, shelves and pegs. The bulk of my tools are stored on two tool racks. One rack hold the main inventory of my wood working arsenal. The second rack holds the odds and ends that come into play now and then. Screwdrivers, pliers and such.
The main rack has two shelves, one at the top and the other at the bottom. I store my bench planes here. The rack also has horizontal slats that are spaced out. I store tools here by simply sliding them into the created gap behind the slats. The remainder of the tools are hung on pegs. Everything is within easy reach and I can reconfigure the tools easily if the need arrises. Fasteners and other small items are kept on/in a small wall hung cabinet. Saws hang on pegs from the front of the bench and the from the wall.
I also installed a couple of drawers at the end of my bench as well as a shelf. The shelf holds my sharpening equipment. The drawers hold files, scrapers, rasps and drill bits.
I’ve read several articles about open tool storage, dust and rust. But, after three years I can report that I have not had any issues. I frequently wipe my tools with an oil soaked rag and hand tools create a minimum of dust. Anyway, this system works for me and my small shop. Easy access to everything.