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Offline mattbyington

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Organizing My Shop
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:22 PM »
As some of you know I'm new to woodworking and just started back in February of this year.

I've done a few small projects (some of them posted in the member projects section).

Last week or two I got serious about organizing the shop!

Matt


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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2018, 08:25 PM »
Ah I hope the last couple posts worked...those are the best. I always have trouble uploading images...

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Last one!!


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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2018, 08:33 PM »
Feels good—doesn’t it?

Tom

Offline Svar

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2018, 08:58 PM »
The last image is photoshopped!!! Garage belonging to a human can not be that clean!  [scared]

Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2018, 09:19 PM »
Looks sweet!  Getting things in their place with a place for everything is something that I have only done recently after too many years.  Take pride in what you have done, and beware...........once organized, you will keep finding more ways to improve as you go forward, so keep an extra supply of that black foam in stock  [big grin]  Are you using the Fast Cap Kaizen Foam?  It all looks great.  Now go out and get that floor dirty.

Offline Don T

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2018, 09:22 PM »
Way to clean. You need to make some sawdust.
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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2018, 10:06 PM »
A clean shop is a sign of a sick mind  [big grin]

Offline CirclDigital

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2018, 02:17 AM »
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Don’t waste the space... you will need it for your next purchase ;-)

Online DynaGlide

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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2018, 08:38 AM »
You could eat off the floor of that shop [eek]

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2018, 11:35 AM »
Ah I hope the last couple posts worked...those are the best. I always have trouble uploading images...

Matt

Love the foamed drawers!  I have checked out that Milwaukee tool chest a couple times for possible use in my shop remodel. Currently have one of the HD Husky in the matt black which I am betting is from the same manufacturer. Based on how fast I filled mine ..... you will need a second one  [big grin]

I was not able to view those four pics even after downloading.

  Take a look here http://festoolownersgroup.com/gallery-attaching-images/    There are several stickied helpers.

Seth

Offline mattbyington

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2018, 11:54 AM »
Thanks so much everyone!!!

Yes, FastCap Kaizen Foam.

Thanks @SRSemenza for the tips. I will take a look there!

To be fair this was after I cleaned and organized it. It's usually a little more sawdust-y :)

Matt

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2018, 12:26 PM »
@mattbyington

Who did your shop floor?  Very neat, clean and well organized.  Hope to get mine like that someday.   [tongue]

Offline RKA

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2018, 01:33 PM »
Very nice!!  I couldn't help but to notice my garage queen has more dust on it than your garage floor! (which means I need to get out the wash buckets and start detailing)
-Raj

Offline rp127777

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2018, 01:45 PM »
Very nice. Clean and organized.  Good job.

Offline ElectricFeet

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2018, 02:18 PM »
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Great pics, thanks.  I’d love more info on this one. Is it a drawer? How is it attached?

Tips for improvement:
1. When cutting the foam, include a half-inch semi-circle somewhere on an outside edge, to make removal easier.
2. For future labels, make them lower case (or Title Case), which makes them quicker to read (the ascenders and descenders on the letters make his easier).
3. Choose whether to ignore random tips from OCD posters on the internet  ;D

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2018, 02:35 PM »
@ElectricFeet

It looks to be this tray by Rockler attached with bolts and knobs to the t track.

http://www.rockler.com/shop-tray-5-x-18-x-1

Ron

Offline RussellS

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2018, 02:52 PM »
Cutting out foam for individual tools seems to WASTE a huge amount of space.  Individual space for each type of plier?  Pliers are happy to lay on top of each other.  And because pliers look unique, they are easy to pick out.  Hand planes don't need that much space around them.  And they can sit on their blade/sole if there is a cushion/cardboard underneath.  I could/do fit three planes in the space you have for one.  I'd suggest getting rid of the foam and putting three times as many tools in the drawers.  Its not like you are moving the chests around in a vehicle all day and they could bang into each other.  All the tools and chests are stationary, the tools never ever move or hit each other.  Why the foam for protection to prevent banging?

Offline ElectricFeet

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2018, 03:39 PM »
It looks to be this tray by Rockler attached with bolts and knobs to the t track.

http://www.rockler.com/shop-tray-5-x-18-x-1

Ron
Thanks Ron. I’ll try to find something similar in Europe. Looks handy.

Offline tallgrass

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2018, 11:12 PM »
great job. Be careful, the organization rabbit hole is deep. I have gone deeply down in with the full adoption of Sortimo, Systainer, tool chest storage. I also believe that drawers should not be any deeper than what is in them. IF you can not see it or quickly utilize a tool you do not own it. Time looking for tools and rooting through drawers is a PITA and a time waster. My only complaint with foam is that is wears and gets tatty. Still great job.

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2018, 12:23 AM »
I know the Kaizen has plys to peel out but ..........

If you are doing a bunch of pretty much uniform thickness tools, it can be easier to use two separate layers of foam and just cut all the way through the first layer. When you are done with the cutouts place on top of a thinner bottom piece. Maybe some two sided carpet tape in between to keep them from shifting.

Or use one layer and cut all the way through, then peel apart (or slice apart) the plys on the removed piece to the desired "bottom" thickness and reinsert in the cut out. These two methods can save a lot of Kaizen ply peeling effort.

Seth

Offline RKA

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2018, 10:19 AM »
Cutting out foam for individual tools seems to WASTE a huge amount of space.  Individual space for each type of plier?  Pliers are happy to lay on top of each other.  And because pliers look unique, they are easy to pick out.  Hand planes don't need that much space around them.  And they can sit on their blade/sole if there is a cushion/cardboard underneath.  I could/do fit three planes in the space you have for one.  I'd suggest getting rid of the foam and putting three times as many tools in the drawers.  Its not like you are moving the chests around in a vehicle all day and they could bang into each other.  All the tools and chests are stationary, the tools never ever move or hit each other.  Why the foam for protection to prevent banging?

I think we all take a different view of how things should be organized best.  In his case, there is plenty of space available (at present).  As he acquires more tools, he may find the need to increase the density and incorporate some of the ideas you've shared.

The foam is a controversial subject.  Yes, it's time consuming and wastes some space, but everything has it's place and when something isn't put back it's clearly evident.  And everything stays put.  But if you add, remove or reorganize tools, dealing with the foam can be a real pain in the butt.  I haven't gone down this rabbit hole because of the inflexibility, but there are a few instances where I might employ it to keep delicate (or precision tools) protected. 

As for the pliers, I can't bring myself to throw them into a pile.  The idea of moving stuff to get to the tool you want is exactly what I try to avoid when I attempt to organize (the irony is I still have systainers stacked 6-7 high in separate piles).  I did add a pliers rack to my tool chest which stands them on their side (requires a 3-4" drawer).  I can line them up and quickly grab what I need, but there are 20-30 different "pliers" in there from auto, plumbing, electrical and general purpose.  There is still a pile in the middle for the ones that are longer than 12", they just lay across the drawer.  I do grit my teeth a little when I move them around to grab the one at the bottom of the pile. 
-Raj

Offline mattbyington

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2018, 11:24 AM »
@RobBob a local company, "OTEpoxy". I'm in the bay area, California. They are great. Not cheap but great.

@RKA I always have to move mine out when I do woodworking because I've likely just cleaned it :). One day I dream of 2 shops - one for my car and detailing and one for woodworking. Maybe one day.

@rp127777 thanks!

@ElectricFeet yep @rvieceli was right it's from Rockler.

@RussellS definitely not for everyone, agreed! May not suit your fancy.

@tallgrass thanks!

@SRSemenza thanks for the tips! Totally agreed - the 2 pieces of foam, cutting all the way through the top one is actually an idea I Had a few days ago. I didn't wanna wait for Amazon to deliver me the other piece though so I dug in. I may redo them.

This was mostly practice - the larger drawer with the Woodpeckers stuff in it was my first one which is why it looks so bad. I'll definitely redo that one. Just practicing. It takes some skill for sure.

@RKA hit it on the head I think. Honestly it's whatever makes you happy, as with most things in life. If it pleases you - do it. If it doesn't, don't do it.

I think if we all followed that advice more, and worried less about what other people were doing, the world would be a better place. But alas I digress :)

Matt

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2018, 11:48 AM »
Instead of using foam, I line the drawers with Non-Skid Grip Shelf Liner and organize my tools on it.  It keeps them from shifting around.   Make it easy to move things around.   A low tech solutions that works for me.

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Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2018, 01:25 PM »
@mattbyington ...... When you run out of things to organize, this guy (not me) could sure use some help  [eek]


Offline rst

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Re: Organizing My Shop
« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2018, 05:12 PM »
I have a lot of drawers that look identical to this...file under pile...I know it's here somewhere