Since completing the workbench build and my entry for the second annual Summers Woodworking 2×4 competition, I have realised that I need to give my workshop some serious TLC.

With the bench now finished and being the focal point in the layout of the workshop, I need to address a number of issues that currently stand in my way every time I try and make anything in the workshop:

Tool Storage – I would like to have some tools stored on the walls, so that they can be easily accessed as well as replaced without too much issue. Currently I am using some racking that was going spare, which is great for general storage, but not so great for tools.

My current Tool Storage (without the tools obviously)

My current Tool Storage (without the tools obviously)

Timber storage – I have a couple of ideas regarding timber storage. These must be well considered as I have very limited space. Currently I am using a (soon to be not so) spare corner and some ceiling space.

 

Current Timber Storage 1

Current Timber Storage 1 – in a corner

Storage Solution 2 - in the roof frame

Storage Solution 2 – in the roof frame

Lighting and electrics – As I am sure you have seen in the recent YouTube videos, my lighting leaves a lot to be desired and I still have all of the plug sockets that need to be wired up.

This is my current light source........... I know.. I know.....

Currently this is my only light source……….. I know.. I know…..

One of the offending sockets. Power cables (without power yet) have been run to the socket, I just need to wire them up and then connect the socket loom into the consumer unit

One of the offending sockets. Power cables (without power yet) have been run to the socket, I just need to wire them up and then connect the socket loom into the consumer unit

Flooring – The flooring in the workshop is still bare concrete as it was when I first stepped into it. I’d like to change this and coat the floor with a paint/sealer so that it is less dusty when being swept as well as giving the place a more personal feel.

My Floor is currently bare, every time I sweep up I am greeted by a cloud of dust.

My Floor is currently bare, every time I sweep up I am greeted by a cloud of dust.

The tool storage alone will take me a decent amount of time, as I am hoping to have a system that makes use of the benefits of both French Cleat and also the more custom tool holder approach. Although my tool collection is not comprehensive, it is enough to keep me occupied for some time.

This post will, in a way, act as a precursor to an upcoming monthly series of blog posts that I am planning focusing around workshop additions and upgrades: “This month in the Shop”.

I plan to obviously run these updates and additions alongside my projects, so hopefully I’ll be a busy little bee indeed.

~Alistair

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