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firefly3 Workshop organization tips

Part of what we’re covering in our Make: Time & Space is how you manage your workshop. Do you separate your woodworking and soldering areas? Pegboard or no pegboard? What do you do with those funny-shaped tools that don’t fit anywhere?

Here are some of the suggestions given and received via our @make_tips Twitter account:

Cover X-acto tips with triangle pencil grips… won’t poke, won’t roll, and adds retro looks! via @3leftturns



Try storing/transporting small parts like screws using packing tape! http://bit.ly/8h5UPG



Sort obj like Lego by size not color. Easier to pick a red 2×4 brick out of a bin of 2x4s than a bin of red bricks. (v @mightywombat)



Put an old magnetic knife holder underneath an old ice cube tray to keep your screws and washers organized. (v @flincshop)



Use synthetic corks as sharp tool blade covers (chisels, gouges, etc.): http://bit.ly/erQzj



Sort and store your through-hole resistors by the color of the third band.



Component drawers aren’t just for electronics; try them for nuts/bolts, drill bits, rivets, thumb tacks, etc. Label the drawers!



cut up and recycle cardboard tubes and organize your boxes of misc cables by doing this: http://bit.ly/V7DWg (via @chamblin)



Electronics: A small desktop cup/container can be handy for gathering small clippings from leads, wire, and solder sucker refuse.



Clean and re-oil your tools after a messy project to extend their life.



Maker Pro tip: Check out @ULINE for boxes and other shipping materials: http://www.uline.com/



When rolling up power cords, start at the power source; unplug first and don’t get shocked if the cord is frayed. (v @chrisspurgeon)

What are your favorite tricks for organizing and storing your tools and supplies? Share them in comments or tweet them to @make_tips. [Workshop image: Craig Smith]

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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