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Organizing a shop and machines

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I’ve worked in a 2,000 square-foot professional shop and I now work in a one-car garage shop, and the one thing that’s universal for all shops is that you’ve got to be able to find stuff. Whether it’s the marking gauge that was on the bench just yesterday, or that ogee router bit that is in either the router or the drawer, disorganization is a big hang-up. You can waste a lot of valuable shop time if you’re running around looking for tools.

So organizing a shop (and putting things back where they belong) is a great habit to develop. That starts with how you have your shop laid out, and what storage you can make available. I’ve uploaded a free PDF of an article from Popular Woodworking that will give you some insight into that initial set up, or can help you rearrange if that’s necessary.

Once you’ve got the plan set, it’s time to build some storage items – the fun part!

  • I highly recommend a clamp rack (a rolling clamp rack and one on the wall are both good ideas).
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