Tagged: tool storage rack
I love the idea of a tool chest and would love to build one but I can not afford to give up the floor space. I took a cardboard box, that was approximately the same size of the tool chest I wanted, into the shop while I worked on the Bench Stool project. I simulated taking tools out of it as well. The experiment did not go well. I was constantly moving the box to get it out of my way or moving other things so I could get to the box.
So…I will be staying with the tool rack. I reorganized it and built a second drawer for the end of my bench as well. All of my tools are now stored on the rack, in a drawer or hanging on the apron of my bench. I still have a little room to grow on the rack though. I will just have to set aside time to pull each tool down and clean it on a regular basis.
i understand your problem Greg. having built the tool chest i did fine i could organise my tools better however like you i have a small space and i find i keep put tools down on the lid of the chest while working only to realise i need something inside i think a tool cabinet would work out better or to omit the lid and just go with drawers.
"we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle
Ken keep me posted of what you come up with.
David, that chest you built is great. But you a having the exact issues I was afraid I would get into. Take another look at the Workshop Tour video. Around 13:20 mark there is a shot of the end of Phils workbench. There is a tool chest mounted there. It might be a viable option for you.
You are one very organised workman. Nice tool rack system. I built Paul’s chest, still need to hinge on the lid and add drawer pulls. I will use it mostly for all of my measuring tools, of which I have too many, and it will probably stay under the bench. But I am not a huge fan of chests unless one has to constantly move their tools around to job locations.
I think rack systems are best for space and or purpose built wall cabinets. Having enough floor space in the shop is always an issue for me. When things are on the wall they are not under foot.
Nice tool rack Greg, everything tidy))I have same problem luck of space, still don’t know if I need saw horses they will take a lot of space in my already small room. From the first moment I like the idea to place tool chest in the same way as Phil, but when I sawing small dust is almost everywhere around the bench, it’s not big deal of swiping dust but… call me lazy)))Great project)Saw till?))
Great solution, Greg… looks nice. I’m in between right now because I’m probably going to be moving in a few months. I’m leaning heavily toward building a chest right now. I have a great space that I have built some racks and room for more, but going to be losing it soon.
Thanks Jay…if I had the room I would build a tool chest for sure. Even with a tool chest I would still put a rack above the bench for tools that I was using at the moment. I’ve also come to the conclusion that it would take a large chest to house all of my tools. So I would either need a few small chests for certain categories of tools or just build one large one. The other issue that I see is that my tool collection is not yet completed. I don’t even know what tools I still need.
It ain’t purty but …it works. Here’s my current tool rack and, my shop dog saw horses — which are holding up a solid core door and together, make a workbench. 🙂
I’m in the process of building a shed which will become my new workshop. After that’s done, I’ll build a better workbench. Something along the lines of a Roubo Style.
Nice looking tool rack Greg, I built the one Christopher Schwarz built for Poplar woodworking a while back and mounted it on my 96″ X 48″ piece of plywood I attached to my wall. I do want to build a tool chest with castors on it so it will fit under my Paul Sellers style bench.
I also built a wall cabinet ( one of my 1st woodworking projects ) that houses all my spare planes, tools etc. but it is not near where my bench is located. Hence the reason for the tool chest for keeping my most common tools in. I like the Dutch design Chris S. is now using.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US
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