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    Tool Storage: Find a Safe Place





    Hand and power tools for woodworking are pricey, so you want to take good care of them. That means keeping them safe from damage from falls or inadvertent hard bumps. Keeping tools stored in an organized way will also help keep your shop neater and make it easier to find things.

    Hand tools are small, so they’re fairly easy to put away. Many hand-tool enthusiasts build classic cases for their hand-tool collection, an homage to their heritage (see photo above). But most beginners don’t need such a massive storage case. You can get by using simple wall-mounted pegboard and hooks.

    Tool peg board

    Another option is to hang a sheet of plywood on the wall and screw custom-made cleats to it to hold various tools securely and out of the way.

    Hanging tool storage

    You also could store the tools in a shop drawer. Just be sure that the drawer has partitions to prevent items from banging into each other. To help you find tools easily, add labels to each drawer.

    Power tools are more difficult to store, simply because of their size and all the bits and blades that go with them.

    Power tool storage

    If you work in a small space, put larger tools, such as bandsaws and tablesaws, on wheels. You can buy rolling bases for these tools, or you can build your own. Having tools on wheels makes it easier to use your space more efficiently—you can move tools into position as you need them and put them away with ease.

    Tools with rolling bases

    The downside is that you’ll have to keep reconnecting the dust collector to the machines as you press them into use, but it’s not all that difficult.

    Smaller tools, such as benchtop planers and drill presses, can be stored on rolling cabinet bases.

    Planer stand

    The cabinets give you a place to keep wrenches, manuals, bits, and blades, and you can roll the tools into position easily. If you have the space, you can build a permanent home for benchtop tools; it could be as simple as a worktop with base cabinets beneath.

    One thing to remember is that your tool collection is likely to grow along with your woodworking skills. So plan ahead. Make cabinets with extra space and drawers. If you plan to hang tools on a wall, leave extra space for future additions. The bottom line is, treat your tools with care, and they’ll take care of business for you, for a long time.


    Tom

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    mehrabu
    sasi pannalal writes:

    The hand and power tools cost are increasing day by day. We must take care these tools very well. Therefore, the good thing is to find a safe place to store these tools. All the hand tools and power tools must be kept separately. outlook mail

    CameronRobertson
    Cameron Robertson writes:

    I agree with @Mark Killian on this. Pegboards are my one true love for toolroom storage. And it's modular so you're not stuck with fixed cubby holes. Whenever you think you want to change up the arrangement of your hanging storage, you just pluck out the little hooks and rearrange everything to your whim and fancy. No fuss no muss.

    EdwardThirlwall
    Edward Thirlwall writes:

    Tools are often expensive and need to be well taken care of to ensure they last for a prolong period of time. That is why a proper storage system for them is really important. For me, I personally prefer to utilize my wall space to the very maximum by using boards or drawers. For those simple tools like hammers, they can just be hung. whereas for electrical tools, they are better off concealed and stowed away in an enclosed cabinet to keep all the particles away.

    michaelmaloney
    Michael Maloney writes:

    These are some really useful tool storage ideas. It is very true that we need to take really good care of all our tools because even though they are pretty heavy duty, they do get easily damaged if dropped from a great height or exposed to severe temperatures. Electrical tools should be stored in a concealed cabinet, while others like pliers or hammers can utilize the wall space.

    Michael Maloney http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/gold-coast/suburbs-l-z/st...
    aizen
    aizen williams writes: It is really important to have an adequate storage in order to store the tools. With the right tools put on the right place, handymen can easily achieve all of their project desires. - Integrity Spas
    ApocalypseNow
    Mark Killian writes:

    Two methods I have found to be relatively cheap but very effective in terms of tool storage are slot board and peg board. For the past three shops I've had to put together I come to rely heavily on both of these products. I utilize 1/4" pegboard for hanging a great many of my hand tools and accessories. The variety of peg hardware makes it rather easy to come up with the right type of hangar- straight hooks, "j" hooks, loop hooks, shelf hangars. etc. Pegboard goes up fast and easy- 16" on center like paneling and/or drywall. With spacers or strips you can achieve the requisite standoff from a wall or studs. Just keep in mind that with pegboard tools are exposed to the environment be it dusty, humid, or whatever. Slot board is thicker, heavier, and more expensive that pegboard. Yet because of its heavier nature and the fact that it has slots you can get both hangars and shelving hardware to take care of heavier items such as power tools. Again, keep in mind that tools will be exposed to the shop environ. Nevertheless, I now try to utilize a combo of the two in my shop to handle both the frequently used tools and those I desire quick access to when and if needed. In most shops space is or becomes "the final frontier" so the above methods of space management come highly recommended for thought.
     

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