Mods this thread could go in many places but i put it here to get best coverage for all.
There is a lot of discussion and debate about storage and space in our shops. To me Stu has probably demonstrated the most thriftyness with ingenuity and use of space.
Today i recieved a Fine Woodworking newsletter and it contained a article on Tool Cupboards.
This has been something moving ever higher on my priority list as the next big project to get back in order and get some space back.
Starting out i had built two of the draw cabinets that Tom Clark posted here. But now some time later with the awareness as to the ease of access and need to be more space efficient, productive and along with each tool really needing their own place rather than just their own draw and in some cases lying on top of each other ,I have been clustering together pics of tool cabinets. Here is an online readers gallery at fine woodworking with a load of them
Take a look at this video slide show by John Binzen. It has an interesting collection of pictures. Specifically look at the first one. Thats what inspired me to write this post and share the story. Its a first one i have seen that is this size and loaded. You dont have to build it so fancy but it would be a nice shop piece and potential heirloom if you have someone in the family most likely to carry on woodworking.
But more important there is a great looking book that is available on the subject with loads of info and pictures especially dedicated to this topic.
You can preview the book with the google book review. I will try and see if it is in my library and review it that way before i decide on a copy. Its only $17 but once i have built one i wont really want the book so its not really a book i would buy.
My point is to many folks out there , when you stop and think of a tool cupboard like the neaders of old, and think of it going to more than just table height ( thats been my issue thinking counter top space rather than space utilization) then i think in my case i could get a 3 for 1 gain in my tool storage as well as way better organization. It could also be mounted on wheels and created in the way many of the furniture manufacturers are making the buffet and hutch combos (two separate units mounted on top of each other).
I have seen many have a wall unit for neader tools, or a tool chest, but if you give this combo type unit a thought its pretty much going to put all your tools at easy access in a dedicated place potentially one step from your bench if its mobile.
Anyone have any further thoughts on this.
Oh btw i share my shop with non woodworking tools such as mechanical wrenches etc. So i dont see why the tool cabinet cannot be made to take all of them and in such a manner that the draws if thoughtfully designed could be removed and placed in a carrier for portability.
Jim D, Mike H what do you say? You probably my no1 reference for neader tools?
What am i missing that a tool cupboard like this creates.
Ken i hope you see this and offer some of your thoughts. Its the issue of all out versus put away.
My one concern is i already have a small set of draws my grandfather handed down and to find a tool i generally pull out three draws. Yet when i have my tools clustered in draws together then its usually first time puts a hand on it.