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as some of you know, my humble shop is small and room is scarce.

a few years ago, i started putting all my user manuals for my tools in a drawer. well as i have added more tools, the drawer is full and i know there are lots of members that buy a lot more tools than me( and i am jealous

but i would really appreciate any ideas on storing manuals. i know it sounnds minor but has become a pain.

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Levon I have a plastic tote like a regular storage box. I have everyone of my manuals in it a lot of room to spare. Keep it right in front of the file cabinet.

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you mean one of those clear storage boxes? Glenmore, i thought of that at one time, my only dilemma is finding a place to put it,lol.

i think if i were building my shelves again id have a place just for using those storage boxes.

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Mine can be anywhere under your work bench. It's like a plastic battery box sort of size.

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you know, under my bench may be the perfect place and one of the few places. i just got my heater working out there this year and maybe i can get out there this weekend and work an hour or 2.

im working on a bathroom and that is getting all my extra time now.

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One of those big D ring binders and a 3 hole punch make a great way to store manuals. I also staple the reciept for the item inside the first page of the manual so I know where to find it for warranty purposes.
Thicker manuals might require you to pull the staples out, cut the pages then punch the holes in them and restaple them.
This way you can also file them alphabetically to make them easier to find when you need them.
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Good question, I do the same. I have several sizes but no larger than 81/2" X 11" Could you 3 hole punch the larger ones and maybe 2 hole punch the smaller ones. Get a 3" 3 ring binder to put them in. Maybe arrange them in some way for easy referral. For me it isn’t a question of room so much, but one of organization. I need to do the same with magazines. I do have to say that Deb you are way too organized!!!

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I have a small 2 drawer file cabinet I have folders broken down into Air tools, Compressors, Misc, Power tools, Routers, Saws, Shop tools.

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One of those big D ring binders and a 3 hole punch make a great way to store manuals. I also staple the reciept for the item inside the first page of the manual so I know where to find it for warranty purposes.
Thicker manuals might require you to pull the staples out, cut the pages then punch the holes in them and restaple them.
This way you can also file them alphabetically to make them easier to find when you need them.
I know.. I'm a little obsessive about some things...lol

Levon, I agree with Deb on this one. Only I use those plastic file holders that has the 3 rings already in them. The manual simple slip inside, the holders, fit in the extra large D-ring binder. Keep it simple.

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these are great ideas. i will have to say that i like to be organized, but d ring binders just seem to be an aggravation that doesnt work well for me and and i really detest them.

i would much rather have them loose and not hung up in a binder. this is just my experience and i dont blame anyone for using what works for them.

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