View Full Version : Couple shop-setup style tips...

03-23-2007, 05:35 AM
Well most of you probably don't need to know this, but I felt like I should contribute some original work to this site. Anyways I have a couple quick workspace-arrangement style tips I'd like to share with anyone considering redoing their shop.

Mine, by the way, is an approximately 12'x25' or so bought-at-Home-Depot style shed. I insulated and finished the inside (finished being a relative word lol) manually, so it's pretty comfortable, etc. except for the fact that the ceiling slopes, so I look for wherever ways I can use the space I have (I'm 6'3", the lowest parts of the shed are about 5' or so- still useable, but cramped.)

Anyways a second tidbit about me is that... I generate a lot of trash. So I bought a big trash can, but sitting on the floor is kind of a waste. So I decided to mount the trashcan to the inside of the door with a little platform and a strap to hold it down, in a whatever-I-had-laying-around fashion. Pics:


Sorry for crappy pics- cell phone cam.

Anyways that pic shows the bracket the trash can sits on, and this one shows the can...
It's designed so the brackets hold the force up through shear, and the strap holds the top from tipping so it won't bend the brackets. Yes those are wire-ties, I didn't have anything else- maybe (read: probably won't) get around to making a better version.

When I'm working, I usually leave the doors open, so the can's out of my way. If I really want them closed, no biggie.

Second tip is for my dry-erase board. I like to draw things out, and the board lets me without using tons of paper which I would have to throw away in my trash can! I mounted it to the ceiling like so:
It's hard to write on like that, but it makes for good presentation of what I already wrote, so the little wooden hinges at the bottom let me take it off easily to write on. Here's the mouting hardware-
The top is just partly-cut U channel that hooks under the rim of the board, and the bottom is one piece of wood screwed to a stud, and another one screwed with only one screw to that one- to space it away from the wall so it clears the board and so it can hinge. When you move the hinges, the board swings down on the c-channel and you can take it off. Close-up of wooden thingies-
see next post

Anyways, hope that helps someone!

PS- On the board are some drawings for the socket drawer I put in tonight. PAIN!!!! Took like 4 hours to do because I've never designed (let alone instaled) a drawer slide thing before- I had to hang it on custom studs under my, of course, home-made workbench, so alignment was awful, but hey it's done right!!!

03-23-2007, 05:36 AM
Only 4 pics per post-

03-23-2007, 07:20 AM
Thanks for the tips. I really like the idea of using a dry-erase board for notes and drawings.


03-23-2007, 07:23 AM
Thanks for the tips. I really like the idea of using a dry-erase board for notes and drawings.

I'll second the dry earase board! Good one!

03-23-2007, 07:46 AM
I have a dry erase board next to my lathe. Draw it big, refer to it, put target numbers on it, sometimes e-photograph it for later, erase it.

Put a second one for my shopping, to-do lists on the back of the exit door where it wouldn't take up any wall space and 2. always see it when leaving.

Don't know why the are called dry erase. I have to use cleaner from the office supply store every time. Maybe they're worn out.

Keep my trash can on the floor but sitting on my two wheeler so at least they share the same floor space.

Your Old Dog
03-23-2007, 08:44 AM
The dry erase board gets a big vote of confidence! Great idea. I spend the better part of my shop time looking for notes and if I got the latest version. Great idea.

Bill Pace
03-23-2007, 08:54 AM
Dry erase board!!! Man, thats one of those "why the heck didnt I think of that" !! I WILL remedy that oversight next trip to Wallyworld.

Thanks Scatter.......

03-23-2007, 09:08 AM
I love the dry erase board idea :cool:. Have to slap myself on side of head:(, why didnt I think of that. Next time i'm in town.