Every workshop needs decent storage to be tidy, to find tools easily and to have pride and enjoy where we work. Anthony Bailey had his work cut out for him...
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When I gave my section of the GMC workshop a makeover some months back, I was determined to make it neat and tidy while holding all the tools that I was likely to need. It wasn't an easy task, as there was a lot of kit to put in its rightful place...
I'm known for routing, so high on the list was storage for a large amount of cutters. I reused the idea I first showed in the cutter storage cabinet project in WPP
67. Because it works so well, I can lift down the board of cutters I want to select from and it will just sit on the bench, but when the cutter selection boards are hanging on the wall they all angle down slightly, so I can see which is which very easily.
The next problem was storing hand tools. I couldn't put them in one place as I had an arch recess in the back wall, which was great for storing power tools and hand planes on shelves, so I decided to split the wall collection into two boards either side of the arch. By using a board I could fix it to whatever was behind and yet have a smooth board surface that I could fix everything to quite easily, rather than trying to fix individual items onto brick or mortar - and it looks neater.
To the right of the arch are my saws. Most would hang but one Japanese saw had no fixing hole, so I used two fillets of wood to trap the blade between. Lower down, a tenon saw sits neatly in an 'L' shape profile, which it lifts straight out of. Below that is a chisel storage rack similar to one I have shown in the magazine previously, which allows for easy identification and removal for use.
Across the end brick wall I screwed a couple of magnetic retainer strips. These are fantastic for holding all those awkwardly shaped items and perfect for fast retrieval when I am working at the bench. Obviously, they need to be iron or steel items, but so many things are so it really isn't a problem.
You can never have too many clamps. I needed simple storage for all of mine, especially as most were quick clamps and spring clamps. A 50 x 50mm batten is the perfect way to mount them, with a lower batten holding the shorter ones and giving the bars of the longer clamps something to rest against. Simple steps like these make accessible storage really convenient and tidy and make for a much better functioning workshop.