Workshop storage cabinets, bins and other solutions assist with keeping the area clutter-free, safe for use and easy to maintain. While there are so many storage containers on the market, learn how to use them properly. Find out which container may save your finger!
Wall-mounted Brackets: Workshop Storage for Lumber
As previously discussed, learning how to store lumber may require rethinking old habits. The best way is flat, off the ground and in a secured rack. This can take the form of wall-mounted brackets or shelving.
Closed Storage Containers: Flammables
Rags for finishing(1) woodworking projects are frequently soaked in flammable liquids. They should be stored in airtight tins, which may be labeled and stacked in basic storage bins. The same holds true for solvents, paints, gasoline and any other flammables.
Open Storage Box at the Door: Jewelry, Odds and Ends
Take off your earrings, rings, watch and anything else that could get caught in machinery. Rip or cut off a lose button that might get snagged in a moving part. Place the sunglasses that could fall out of the shirt pocket – and result in an instinctual grab in front of a moving blade – into a small storage box at the door of the workshop.
Easily Accessible Storage Cabinets: Frequent Use Items
Russ Scott(2) urges workshop owners to invest in storage containers for respirator masks. Make sure these items are easily accessible, which makes actual use far more likely. The same holds true for storing gloves, eyewash solution, goggles, a first aid kit and ear plugs.
Boltless Shelving: Odds, Ends and the Stuff that Seems to Multiply
Action Wholesale(3) stocks a wide array of boltless shelving options that allow for sizing adjustments. As a result, it is possible to store bins and totes with all the smaller items, parts, spares and other clutter right there in the workshop without taking up room in quick-access storage bins. This makes the workshop easier to navigate – the shelves may be secured against a back wall for occasional use – and concurrently does not force you to get rid of the small items you just know will come in handy (one day).
Gallon-size Ziploc Bag: Amputated Fingers or Hand
Macabre or gory? Perhaps. The Tool Crib(4), on the other hand, is quite clear in its assertion that a one gallon plastic bag is a must when working with table saws and other cutting gadgetry that could take off a finger or hand. Should an accidental amputation occur, you or a loved one can collect the amputated bits of flesh and rush them to the hospital alongside you. With luck and a surgeon’s skill, the fingers or hand may be re-attached.