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