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Old 06-24-2011, 09:48 AM
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I honestly didn't know I had a serious organization problem until I read this thread...

Originally Posted by MARTINSR
This is one of the hardest things to learn for some guys. Why store and move around tools you don't hardly ever use? And why in the world buy a huge tool box to hold them when you hardly ever use them? And why put them in the top drawer of your box and bend over to go to the bottom drawers to get the ones you REALLY are using everyday?

Put what you are going to use day in and day out on that cart and leave the tubing flare tool somewhere else.

That is definitely my situation and something I never paid attention to. So glad you brought that up.

Originally Posted by oldred
Peg board! ... After getting everything placed where I wanted it I drew a neat silhouette of each item them glued the hangers (pegs) in place. Those peg assortments come with several long plastic tipped pieces of various lengths that are perfect for setting a small tray on sort of like tiny shelves, I have a bunch of these holding divided trays with different fasteners, pins, clips, fuses, etc and everything is out of the way, easy to find and makes the absolute most of the available shop space!
I've got a peg board that is not even half-used but now I am motivated. Drawing the silhouette is an excellent time saving tip!

Originally Posted by MARTINSR
I have mentioned here before about the training I have received in "Lean Manufacturing" where you go as far as to have brooms and dust pans numbered and hanging on the wall at the number. Lot's of people look at this thinking it is wasting time, they just don't get it. It saves a HUGE amount of time!
I can see that being quite effective, especially in a shop where everyone is pressed for time and simply wants to go home at the end of the day.

Originally Posted by matts37chev
one of the best things ive found for putting lots of wrenches into a small drawer is large springs
That's quite clever!

Originally Posted by MRGM
That's usually how my tool cart looks after about an hour of working.
Mines too.

Originally Posted by NEW INTERIORS
I can usually find the tool I'm looking for in my box... It's the one's I set down, I can't find... And I keep my work area pretty clean... As soon as I get another one out the box,, That's when I find the one I was looking for..
I can relate...

Originally Posted by matts37chev
I'm so embarrassed after seeing your shop, trees

Here is an updated pic of my "race gas tool drum" it has spilled over onto the floor

and a pic of my workbench, there isn't any "work" getting done on it

I guess admitting you have a problem is the first step in solving it
Geez, I thought mine looked bad. Suddenly, I feel pretty good about my garage lol!

I have the HF service cart that is similar to the one you and MARTINSR have, except mine has three trays: Three Shelf 16" x 30" Steel Service Cart. Got it on sale for $30 last year, though I guess the one with the drawer would be nice as well. Now Im thinking if I can make a sliding work surface on top of it out of wood. Any thoughts?

When I go visit the local wrecking yard, I have found this to be a handy helper: Folding Wheeled Tool Cart. Its got lots of pockets for the tools and decent space for carrying back smaller parts.

Great tips from all of you. Im definitely using alot of these ideas to organize my garage this weekend. This is clearly the most helpful thread since the one about home-made tools. Glad you brought this back up trees!
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