View Full Version : Storage pictures for all please

02-26-2005, 10:53 AM
Listing all of your machinery makes me nervous sometimes although who's gonna walk off with your 3,000 lb Monarch http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

How about lots of pictures of your shop storage solutions including drawer units, door units, sliding things, swinging things, industrial, home built, etc.


02-26-2005, 12:35 PM
Hey, my first double post! So I deleted this one.

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02-26-2005, 12:40 PM
My shop has one huge drawer for storage, it's called the basement. I'd be embarassed to show a picture of it right now. I'm leaning towards making a couple of cabinets full of shallow drawers, divided into cubbyholes, for all the screws, bolts, nuts, pins, washers, bearings, setscrews, etc, plus for all the small cutoffs, shims, and myriad smaller things that so far I can still find, but are too numerous to list.
Probably not a storage solution, but I also want to make a stand with a smallish top on it, on casters, that I can roll to the particular machine I'm working with. It will hold the tooling and parts that are needed for that particular time, and won't be so big that I can clutter it up permanently, thus making it useless.
Some of the walls are not sheetrocked on the shop side, so I've made partitions between studs to act as short shelves. A lot of my stuff sits within the walls that way.

02-26-2005, 12:54 PM
It may be an age thing but I think an inventory, especially hardware and tooling, might be a useful thing to maintain ... in a useful format (maybe even include a location).

02-26-2005, 01:08 PM
No Chance
I'm not showing any would be burglar how to navigate my workshop.
and I'm not saying the regular posters here are thieves.......
you just dont know who else reads this forum.
I will stick to just single isolated machine shots if I post.
all the best..mark

02-26-2005, 04:43 PM
i have to keep the burglars out of my place at all costs. after they tripped over all the junk and had chunks of steel and sharp tools falling all over them i'd never be able to afford the lawsuits.

andy b.

02-26-2005, 05:01 PM
Organization seems to be my biggest continuing problem. Drills, taps, dies, end mills, and about a gazillion variteties of screws and bolts and nuts and washers. Just for starters.

A couple of things I've done:
For taps and dies, I got one of those plastic 60-drawer cabinets at K-Mart. There's ennough drawers for all the NC, NF, and NS sizes from about #0 up to 1/2".

For small screws and nuts, I got a bunch of divided covered boxes from Brownell's, maybe 4" wide x 8" long x 1" high (guess), and made a storage rack of little shelves that holds a dozen or so boxes in two columns, 6 on a side. The boxes slide in on the shelves endwise.

I don't have a really good solution for stock storage. That should be side-loading, not end-loading, or small pieces get lost. A friend of mine built a series of shelves behind a door, floor to ceiling. 3' long x about 4" wide, with a lip on the front edge of the shelves to keep stuff from rolling off. That seemed like an excellent arrangement. Trouble is, I don't have a handy door to put something like that behind.

02-26-2005, 05:11 PM
Mark, I'm very much against posting shop pictures also. What I was suggesting was a collection of photos of storage methods only. I suppose if you show what's in your drawers, that might also be an invitation to burglars.

I'm sure Thrud will have a clever comeback on that one http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

02-26-2005, 05:17 PM
Here's an interesting chuck "hanging" storage method on a lathe on ebay at the moment (needs a sturdy door but seems easy to locate and get a grip on):


02-26-2005, 05:36 PM

End mills go in fishing tackle boxes (walmart, kmart) until they can no longer be lifted, then it's time to buy another.

Lathe has a pegboard behind it for faceplates, boring bars, drill chuck, centers, wrenches for the 3-jaw & 4-jaw. Pegboard also has a magnetic toolholder:


This thing grips like death, and is supposed to hold items weighing up to 20#. Mostly put little stuff on it. Mill has a "custom built cabinet" (that's 1x10 pine boards from the lumberyard, glued & screwed), 24" wide x 36" tall x 9" deep. Shelves have 4" vertical spacing & it holds EVERYTHING - ER40 collet set, drill bits, dial caliper, inside mic, fixed & adjustable parallels, carbide inserts.

Michael Az
02-26-2005, 06:02 PM

02-26-2005, 07:22 PM
Is the toilet paper roll used for, uh, er, emergency cleanup?

02-26-2005, 10:06 PM
I laminate hardwood plywood and then bore holes with fortner bits to hold tooling. You can buy ready made units with 1/4,3/8,1/2" holes , but I can dril the exact hole I need where I want and give the bit adequate clearance from being nicked by other tools. I buy the plywood at Windsor Plywood in their off-cuts bin for less than $1/piece, so for just over $2.50 (plywood ureathane glue and satin ureathane clear coat)) I can store hundreds of bits or drills or about 75 1/2" router bits (larger sizes)

I also store my 1/16-1/4" carbide and abrasive points (Aluminum Oxide, SiC, Chromium Oxide, Ruby, CBN, and Dianmond) on these blocks.

02-26-2005, 10:13 PM
Michael Az, I had forgotten about your beautiful bench. Thanks for posting the link. I'd like to put anything with a mounting taper, precision shank or dovetail under cover, behind doors or in drawers but realize that if you do that, it's a lot harder to just grab it and use it.

precisionworks, Your mill cabinet sounds like a good approach to "distributing" the tooling to where it's actually needed. It's covered yet still can be quickly accessed and doors left open by the machine in use.

Dave, The wooden blocks are probably the way to go for center drills, reamers, end mills and reamers. Easier to chose one that way. I'm getting a vision of distributed cabinets filled with shelves and specific tooling racks in wood.

Sorry guys but it looks like I managed to freak everyone out in the photo department with my opening statement !

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02-26-2005, 11:30 PM
I just picked up a couple of roll front filing cabnets at an auction. Now if I just had time to clean up the shop and find a place to put them, I'd have lots of heavy duty storage. The door rolls up and shelves roll out.

02-27-2005, 12:39 AM

Rolling cabinet front - shell game built on front of a shelf unit. Shelf unit is N bays wide, front has N-1 rolling panels the width of a bay, roll sideways to expose one bay at a time. We moved, this one no longer exists.


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J Tiers
02-27-2005, 12:55 AM
Drawer pics, stuff for the little horizontal mill. Drawers are under it, in the stand. Took me a while to figure out that pegboard as a base gave the organization some structure, and made moving things around easier.

You don't want to know about some of the other "storage solutions".....

Cutter and arbor storage, 7/8 and 1" cutters. Arbor spacers go on the peg in front of the arbor holder when not in use. Since that time, the 1 1/4 arbor was added.

1 1/4" cutters, vertical head, collets, drawbar and misc cutters

02-27-2005, 01:44 AM
After seeing these pictures I am embarrassed to post this pic here....It is no where near as neat as some of those cabinets..But anyway

The small metal cabinet in the forground I have 3 of..2 are still not used...The large metal cabinet in the background was a set of lockers...I find lockers probably the best for storage..

The wooden bench on the side is my newest addition..It is from a school science dept originally. It has drawers and sliding doors and two long shelves plus some pigeon holes...I have another of these not quite as long unused at this stage....

I also have some small bar fridges for anything I want kept out of the dust....I live in the middle of no where and have a major dust problem with it blowing in the shed...

at the moment I have a major excess of storage space and am trying to best put my gear away so it will not get damaged...


Alan in Oz
02-27-2005, 03:58 AM
Wouldn't worry about the dust, plenty of room for the snakes to come in under the wall sheet and find a cool place.

02-27-2005, 07:28 PM
I hope you like them.I did not dress up any thing ,or clean.

02-27-2005, 07:31 PM

Alan in Oz
02-27-2005, 10:03 PM
The old map drawer's used underneath the work bench for storage of small items. Cheap and strong with good rollers.


J Tiers
02-27-2005, 10:18 PM

I like your fully equipped shop.

To distort and paraphrase mark twain...."a shop without a cat, and a well fed and happy cat at that, may be a good shop, but how can it prove its status?"

Your Old Dog
02-27-2005, 10:30 PM
Alan in Oz,

Your pic brought back a sick memory! I missed out on two of those map cabinets last Summer at a yard sale. They went for $100 for the two, I offered him $200 for the two and he said he didn't want to go back on his word to the other guy who had to pick them up. Can't cut a brake! The world is full of unscruplous low-lifes till you need one http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif