In February I did a number of things to improve organization and workflow in my shop. I cleaned out all of my drawers and put things back where they made sense, I now have about 15 totally empty drawers.
I’ll be posting a pictorial shop tour sometime soon, I took a bunch more pictures while the shop was about as clean as it gets (it was still fairly messy in most of these pictures being post-Christmas project rush and still working on the Fremont Nightstand).
Dedicated this rolling cabinet to lathe tools. I added tool holders to the sides and raised the grinder up to a better height for me, which gave me another drawer. Bottom drawers finally got fronts, veneered with curly maple (overkill for sure), and top drawer got veneered with a sample I had (not sure of what). Next up a drill press cabinet, inspired by one from Woodsmith. This is really nice to get the drill bits close by instead of 20 feet away. Here I used some cherry plywood off-cuts I had for the drawer fronts and sycamore for the top. And as you can see I was a little short on matching pulls 🙂 Simple little paper towel holder made out of more cherry plywood scraps Always in the need of more space for off-cuts that I can’t bring myself to burn, I made these 2 big roll-out bins under my already huge off-cut and plywood rack. Before I had just been storing mostly unused foam mats. I used some of those and the rest moved to basement storage. Had some old paint around, so prettied them up a bit too. They go back 4 feet, so really pretty nice. Another paper towel box holder, going painted this time while I have the paint out. And why not put a St. Louis Blues sticker on it too? I also did some hand tool cabinet improvements. This pic shows the rasp holder and also a holder for the cabinet scraper. I also moved my jointer plane up to the shelve here, it doesn’t get much use. In the center here you can see I just added dowels to hold the spokeshaves and router plane. Here you can see my card scraper holder and also a little holder for the razor saw. Here I added a holder for the digital bevel gauge and also the burnisher Where the marking knives and awl are used to be where I had a fret saw, I moved that to inside the door and made this holder for the marking knives