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A woodworking shop is always evolving. Sections and components are always being modified to work better. Naturally, the wood storage area should be adequate, but not so large that it overpowers the working and storage areas. Large stationary tools such as the table saw, power planer, jointer and others should be located near the wood. But shop layout isn’t all there is to its design. You need storage for smaller wood pieces, large and small hand tools and supplies. The trick is taking advantage of overlooked, but perfectly useful storage space. Designing Your Own Tool Storage System
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My small shop includes many of these features, but as suggested, it is always evolving. My biggest storage problem now is removing a prior counter area and using it to store wood, specifically, 5 x 5 BB. Most of my shelving goes floor to ceiling, and there is a shelf unit that is filled with plastic tubs with lids, all the same size and stack neatly. Have two size tubs, 3 inch deep, and 6 inch deep. Open shelves on the opposite side go all the way to the ceiling, and hold the things I use most often in the middle shelves, all the finishing stuff up high and out of the way. Now, all but one tool stand has doors to keep dust out. I have one 12 ft length of wall space left with hooks to display odd stuff I'd forget I have if I didn't see them there. But it is a really inefficient use of space.

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My shop is small. I make changes as needed, ones that work for my needs at the time. A lot of stuff hangs on the rafters, and more will be hanging there in the future.
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I'm having major space issues . I'm thinking that the only way to win this is to build more shelving up high above the machines .
The bad news is , most power tools will only be accessible with a step ladder . But I don't use a lot of my power tools on a daily basis , so maybe it won't be a terrible inconvenience.

I want to add a CNC router table someday , and I'm also leaning towards adding a bandsaw and a jointer . (I have a 15" planer) .
I'm thinking at some point that I'll have to get my welder out and make some mobile stands for some of the machines that are not used that often . This way they can be moved around as needed and stored in a corner when not in use .
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I use a combination of 1/4" peg board with assorted hooks, adjustable shelving and hanging bins. Most of which gets rearranged about every 6 months. The main point, flexibility.
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This is a good article for me. I'll be moving mid-June and finally have a good size shop. The garage is 19.5' x 24' and has a front door, back door and 2 windows and of course the garage door. This space will be my dedicated workshop and not be shared with the cars. I have som office furniture cabinets all steel and I love them. I bought them used so the price was great. I will be building some new cabinets and my peg board will be modified and layered to contain more tools in a smaller footprint and all within reach of the workbench. I will be a happy camper again, for it has been since Oct.1st 2015 that we sold our house with my dream shop. This is house # 5 and it will be the last. I'll post some pictures in August or September, by that time I hope to be fully set up.
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Like most, my shop has grown over the years by adding storage as needed and is woefully lacking as far as storage and efficiency. If I only had the time, the way to go would be to start with a blank sheet of paper and plan layout and storage to accommodate the way I work nowadays as compared to 20 years ago. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening so have to stick with changes and improvements as I get time. The sliding panels I mounted in front of some shelving helped as they gave me a lot of storage for tools that I use more frequently. I've considered either adding similar sliding panels or hinged pegboard panels in front of the a row of upper cabinets to get some more open hanging space. Some changes are difficult though; I made a rolling tool cabinet many years ago based on an article in one of the magazines but it's being replaced by other storage closer to the various work areas - but I hate to just get rid of it. As you can see, the lower open storage space is no longer adequate for the various tools stored in there and it's a hassle getting to one stored in the back. Plus it's not convenient to roll where I'm working any more as the shop has gotten filled up over the years and there's not much open space left,

My shop originally had double-hung windows, since replaced by crank-out awning windows which gives me more wall space underneath and also eliminates the entry point for when the shop was broken into. In some ways, as they don't really provide any significant natural lighting, it would have probably been better just to close them completely and wind up with more flexibility in arranging the wall areas but that's another choice that's gone by the wayside.
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Since this is what I consider an important aspect of having an efficient workshop, STORAGE is very important to me and my helpers.
My train of thought is "Everything has a place and PUT everything in its place when not in use", this eliminates the needless time expense of hunting for tools or accessories. A couple of weeks ago there was a thread about shelving and I clicked a few pictures with my phone to submit so people could see my method of adding hanging shelves in my basement workshop. I've been doing this for many years and thus far it has never disappointed me. For the members in tensile stress, I utilize plywood, my attachments are via square-drive wood screws and I use 5/4 x 12" pine stair tread. On my plywood verticals there are 1x2 or 2x2 ledges which, in turn; receive screws from the stair tread downward into said ledges. It's a very neat and clean shelf. Going to the ceiling height is never a problem in this scenario and as a matter-of-fact I have a couple of shelves that are too high for my grandkids to see what's up there (ammo). This type of shelving doesn't go to the floor. My walls are sheathed with 5/8" T111 plywood, but these shelves ARE NOT subject to racking - so no diaphragm member(s) are required within or behind. I got very tired of wondering which drawer was hiding which item - so there are no doors!
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