Garage Organization

Organizing 1/4″ Bits

I had no good way of organizing 1/4″ bits… and I seemingly had hundreds of them in varying degrees of usability. So, google to the rescue… I found the above from Lee Valley. It’s designed and sold as a tool box organizer that can hold anything from sockets to screwdrivers (with little plastic clips), but screw all that noise – I just bought the board and it works great for bit storage (450 of them).

Details here.

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The Lista Storage Wall

So the “organization” part of my shop build has taken way longer than I ever expected. Once the joint was up and pseudo operational, I had a bunch of projects to tend to before I could really get down to making a place for everything. Which, honestly, has turned out to be a good thing. Working on projects in the shop while it was an organizational mess gave me a better understanding of what should go where.

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EPPCO Tool Box Liner

So I’m finally finished lining all of the drawers in my Lista boxes… I’ve said this before, but when I was done I felt as though I had just finished carpeting a two-bedroom apartment. So. Many. Drawers.

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Husky Commercial Shelving

This week I’ve been spending a little time on the organization of the loft in my shop. Typically I don’t like open shelving in shops because they invite so much clutter… But in this case I can get away with it as the loft is really out of view and not so accessible that I’ll be tempted to lay stuff around all willy nilly. So, I decided to try out some of those Husky Commercial shelving units from Home Depot.

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Trusco Box

The Trusco was first designed in 1947 by a witty Japanese man. The early units seem to last forever and you can still find them on Ebay in top shop. And while I have no idea if these new reproductions are worth a damn, they sure are pretty.

You can check them out here in the MoMA store or all places…

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