Open Workshop Storage For Hand Tool and Power Tools
Make tools visible and keep them orderly for a beautiful and more efficient shop
The notion of workflow always seems to come up when woodworkers discuss shop design, but it’s mostly limited to machinery and workbenches. This is a mistake because workflow also involves smaller things like routers, handplanes, chisels, layout tools, sandpaper, scrapers, and even safety glasses. Where those are located and how accessible they are can have a significant impact on how smoothly your work progresses.
This is why I organized my shop so that as much as possible is visible. With everything out in the open, there’s no time wasted trying to remember which drawer holds my countersinks, or where exactly I put those 1-1⁄4-in.-long screws. As a result, I can work faster and more smoothly because I can quickly grab a tool and use it.
Don’t confuse an open shop with a messy one. To be successful, an open shop must be reasonably organized: a place…