I’ve only been doing fine (hand tool) woodworking for a few months. I’m building up my hand tool set. I currently have a #3, three #4s, two #5s, and a #7 on the way (can’t pass up good tools). Not to mention the slew of other tools (saws, a spokeshave, etc. etc. etc.) I do my work in my one car garage, which is packed with all sorts of other household storage and garage stuff. My workbench is currently a general purpose plywood top bench, 8×3.5′. I am planning to build a 6×3′ bench to replace it for fine work, which will give me a little more space.
I built a small plywood shelf/cubby system for my fine woodworking tools, and have quickly outgrown it. But, it sits on my bench, where I can get to my tools quickly and easily without fumbling around. It’s very easy for me to put the tools away/keep them organized as I use them, so I think the system works well. The system is open (no drawers/doors). I don’t have to turn around or bend down.
The upsides to the system:
– quick, easy access to my tools
– keeps things organized
– minimal bench footprint (about 1×2′).
– already too small for my growing storage needs
– allows dust
So, what solutions do you guys have that you find functional and convenient in a small space, with dust/environment protection? I know some of you will say “drawers”, and I know you are right. But are there other options?
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