Dual-purpose workbench

Dual-purpose workbench

Check out this excellent workshop Jim added to the MAKE Flickr pool. He’s got his setup divided into two — he calls them the “tool side” and the “nerd side.” How about you, readers? Do you designate separate parts of your bench for different kinds of work or do you mush it all together?

12 thoughts on “Dual-purpose workbench

  1. inventorjack.myopenid.com says:

    I’ve always just put all my stuff together in the lab/workshop, but since I’m moving in a month or two, I think I’ll really focus on doing something more like this. It looks pretty classy, and it’s probably easier to find the hammer or the multimeter when they’re needed.

  2. charliex says:

    i start off with good intentions and split into seperate rooms, eventually everything migrates towards “Within streteched arms reach(tm)”, or just slightly beyond where it requires some adeptness with whatever you find close by that can extend your reach.

  3. mikeiver says:

    I have so many tools that I would need 10 times the wall space to put it up like that.

    I do split it up though. I don’t think a TIG welder should be on the same bench as an O-Scope and a computer. I am moving in about 2 months and will have a chance to start again at organizing the tools and benches. Every time it gets a bit better. You know your needs with more clarity and have a more focused vision of what will work for you. Electrical (110 1Phase to 208 3Phase), Network, Air, Vacuum, Weld gases, water, sink, etc., all will have a place or places on the bench. I may even put a beer tap on this one just for over kill!

  4. cranky_EE says:

    Rather have a wall full of drawers (what else to do with the Kennedy Kit collection?) than a wall full of pegboard.

    Or, for the doctor/dentist/CEO Maker, a gaggle of Gerstner.

  5. Sam Ley says:

    I have my workshop divided into two sides – human and robot:

    Human Side (left): http://www.flickr.com/photos/phidauex/4413166148/
    Robot Side (right): http://www.flickr.com/photos/phidauex/4412400659/

    My advice for tool organization is to keep it visible (I forget things exist if they are hidden from view), hang things to utilize otherwise useless space, magnets, magnets, magnets, and put everything you can on wheels.


  6. richms says:

    I have lots of 60 litre storage boxes stacked up. I write on the end what is in them with a sharpie and wipe it off when I take it out with a rag with alcohol.

    Takes care of lots of the clutter. Upstairs is computer stuff, downstairs is soldering stuff. Have to go outside between them which makes it a pain in winter.

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