Although probably not at the top of anyone else's list, I just wanted to share two of my shop additions that seems to have made my life a bit better lately, all made from on-hand scraps.
If you look at the photo, on the left is something I call the "hardware store" - just a vertical open cabinet with lots of lower shelves that fit those 24-compartment plastic boxes that are fairly cheap nowadays. These boxes are labeled 6-32, 8-32, 1/4-20, etc. and keeps all the nuts, washers, bolts, etc. for that size in one place. They are also labeled "pan screws" wood screws", etc. Maybe that's elementary for some, but it sure has made a big difference for me in finding things. Upper compartments have two other storage tray units I already had for electrical parts, etc. The whole thing is on casters, since its a rule that everything in my shop (with a few exceptions, like my CNC) are on wheels.
(Speaking of casters - know those "mover's dolly" they sell at harbor freight? The small one which still has 4 inch casters you can get on sale for under $8. Those are the cheapest set of 4 casters I know of. For something like this that doesn't move all that much, they work fine.)
Next to it is a small cart that holds in place my shopvac and dust deputy. I really like the performance of the dust deputy, but it was a pain to use without something to make the two devices a single unit. Now, I just turn it on and grab the hose. When the bucket needs emptying, the top is hinged and I can get to it easily. Can't take credit for the design - I saw it somewhere - but if someone wants to know, I'll try and find it.
Like I said, not really dramatic things, but it did a lot for de-cluttering the shop, making hardware easier to find, and making the vac much nicer to use.
Last edited by revwarguy; 05-06-2011 at 06:57 PM.
"72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright
Looks good. All of my hardware goes in the small yellow and large black plastic bins from Lowe's stored on wall shelves where I can't see into them. No particular sort order. All of them are considered "MISC". Gotta do something about it one day......
I want to add build a vortex separator from MDF and sheet metal, and maybe also add a Thien (sp?) separator to my Grizzly G0548Z dust collector. Need to do some reading on the subject until I get time to start on them.