If your shop is like the vast
seen then you have stuff strewn all over the place; everyday stuff
is laying in drawers, stacked on shelves, falling off your workbench
and onto the floor, and countertops and machinery have become flat
storage areas. In fact, I'll wager you spend a helluva lot more time looking
for project things than you spend on the project itself. So,
I'm going to suggest taking a look at this dandy shop organizer I dreamed
It consists of plain (read
cheap) 1/2" EMT (electrical metallic tubing), 7/16" OSB for the shelves and
ledgers, a single 2 x 2 member to hang the tubing and a small
handful of some 16d sinker nails for
the shelf support pins (heads cut off and then cut in half).
That's it...nice 'n open, no complicated joinery, no fuss and so
simple even a Caveman can do it.
The first step is to drill all the
holes in the pipes at the shelf locations. Next, the ceiling
support member has holes drilled to accept the tubing. Insert
the tubes in the holes, drill an 1/8" hole clear through the member,
insert a pin in each pipe, mount it onto the ceiling and
that's it - you're ready to put the shelves into position.
Slide the shelves up (I used
a spacer between the ledger and shelf top) into position, secure it
to the wall, install the shelf pins, repeat until done.
I designed the rack to contain the
tallest tub Folgers has so the shelves are 9" apart 7 3/4" deep and
92" long. The ledgers are 2" wide. The tubs measure 6
1/2" dia. x 8 3/4" h. My racks (I have two of them now) are
just like you see above and each contains 98 tubs. I have
everything from soup to nuts stored in them and very few are
strictly woodworking related and it doesn't matter what project I'm
working on I can have my fingers wrapped around something I need in
I used Folgers coffee tubs because
of that swell built-in handle and because the area right at the very
top of the handle (directly below the logo) screams out for a
stick-on label to indicate the tub's contents.
According to my calculations, I
determined It would take right at thirty-eight years for me to drink
196 tubs of coffee so I went on a crusade to businesses across town
and telling friends to save the tubs for me and before I knew it
they were coming in by the droves (the VFW alone was good for ten
tubs a month). Restaurants, diners, gas stations, bars...you
name it, they were all hit up.
Now, you can be anal about this
and declare you want all the tubs to be the same size but that
is...well, being anal. The fact is they don't need to be
because there are some things you'll never have enough of to fill
the largest tub. Having said that, I do agree with continuity
and I change out the smaller ones as the larger tubs come in.
The SketchUp model file for this
rack is HERE.
But wait! There's more!
If you act now I'll throw in this handy-dandy sorting tray...
How many times have you emptied
some container...say one with a bunch 'o washers and after finding
the one you wanted then you spend the next half-hour scooping up the
rest (most likely dropping a few on the floor) to put them back?
Well, build this parts sorting
tray and hang it next to your new storage rack! Just pick it
up, place the ramp in the tub and dump 'em in!
The SketchUp model file for this
sorting tray is