Yes I know you’re supposed to do this post at the first of the year, blah, blah, but I’m doing it now. The main reason is so that I have an idea of where I’m going for the year.
The Modular Shop is coming along. I’m still building the cabinets and playing with different layouts using Sketchup. I’m honestly getting tired of doing the same task every time I go to the shop (which is about 2-3 hours a week). Like many things this is an issue of delayed gratification. Once this shop is redone it will function much better, be more organized, and make working on new projects much more enjoyable.
The Modular Shop is taking shape. I’ve cut all the parts and am starting assembly and gradually changing out tool stands and boxes.
I did a post over building the cabinet before, but I recently shot a video on making the cabinets.
For the last few years, as I’ve built up my shop, I’ve used coffee cans, cardboard boxes, and various other methods organize and store my tools.
The best free solution I found was to use cardboard “milk boxes” that I could get free from the local grocery store. These boxes are very study, have handles, and hold six gallons of milk or juice. I built out these boxes to hold specific tools or complete specific tasks. I had a box for “everyday tools,” a box for my brad nailer, cordless tools, etc. This worked well enough and made it easy to “grab and go” if I needed to do a project at church or somewhere else. It was a workable system.
The same principle is still true of the modular drawer boxes I’m building. I have each drawer equipped for a specific tool or specific function. I can take it with me to a jobsite if needed and since they all take up the same footprint they can be moved from cabinet to cabinet for the optimum work flow.
Here is where I’m at so far:
I’m creating a new sub-category “The Modular Shop” so it will be easier for you to see the entire process.