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Installing a piece of pegboard in your shop is a good way to help organize your tools. This is a guide about using a peg board to organize a workshop.
When you have loads of small things to store in your shed or workshop, such as nails, screws, etc, here's a cool tip: Save jam jars and screw the lids to the underside of your workshop shelves. You can see what is in the jars and screw/unscrew the jar of your choice. Just make sure your shelf is secure and sturdy enough to take the extra weight.
This is an old tip that has always made sense. I can remember my father collecting baby food jars for this purpose.
But I like my idea better. I have a "thing" about taking glass products outside, even into the garage or shed. Which includes using glass jars for storing nuts and bolts. So what I have gotten my husband to do is start collecting small plastic containers with snap-on type lids. He does the same thing. Attaches the lids to the underside of a shelf and fills with his small items. They are still see-thru enough to see what's in there, and easy enough to take off and put on even one-handed. But you have the added safety of no broken glass if one gets dropped!
I save the large (25 and 50 pound) heavy craft paper bags that wild bird seed comes in. I cut along the top and bottom of the stitching and slit one side then fold and store them on my work bench. These make wonderful heavy disposable work surface covers to protect your workbench for your current project. I also use them when spray painting, stripping furniture etc as they catch all the overspray and drips. When your finished, you just fold them up and put them in the trash.
By MaryCrane from Orange Park, FL
When looking for a small nail, screw, button. pin, etc, in your can or jar of misfits and/or left-overs, be sure to dump them on newspaper, typing paper, or magazine. When finished, just lift, form in a "vee" and pour back in can or jar. Beats picking them up a few at a time.
Nail or glue a yard stick to the front of your workbench for quick measurements. It comes in handy when you need to make a lot of small measurements.
The transparent Glad-Ware Soup/Salad containers make excellent storage boxes for anything from buttons to screws or staples or nails.
Keep a garbage can right by your workbench to keep debris from cluttering up your work area. If you have more than one work area put a trash can next to each.
A cluttered, sawdust-filled shop encourages accidents. Keep the floor around machines clear of obstructions that could trip you at a vulnerable moment.
I attached a towel bar to the side of my husband's work bench in the garage. This saves him from wasting paper towels and it saves my "good" bathroom towels.
A good place to store saw blades is in unwanted record album covers. If you don't have any record albums just visit garage sales on Sunday when people are closing down their sale. You likely find someone will to give away some records.