Shop Storage Ideas from Matt Vanderlist

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Shop storage ideas are as specific as woodworkers themselves. However there are a couple of ideas, such as lumber storage space and accessories kits, that every person should handle. Matt Vanderlist strolls you via the services he has developed for his small woodshop design. Great woodworking stores should have terrific storage space! -Dan.

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Shop Storage Ideas from Matt Vanderlist

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Shop storage ideas are as individual as woodworkers themselves. But there are a few concepts, such as lumber storage and accessories kits, that everyone needs to handle. Matt Vanderlist walks you through the solutions he has devised for his small woodshop layout. Good woodworking shops deserve great storage! -Dan

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  1. Popular Woodworking

    Excellent strategies for keeping your shop in good shape. +Matt Vanderlist shares his best shop storage ideas. What are yours? -Dan

    1. My best tip would be to spend some time assessing and addressing your needs. This has led me to install abundant electric, great insulation and cabinets of the type and in the locations I like.

  2. You are right on the money, the number one, absolutely most important thing to do when thinking about improving storage is to get rid of stuff you don’t need.  It’s not just wood that accumulates in a shop, TOOLS also pile up.  We buy tools that we don’t ever use, but we keep them around because we don’t want to admit we blew good money on a worthless piece of junk.  I store the hand tools I use the most on a tool board that’s on a cart I can roll around the shop.  I store tools I use a little less often on the back of the cart, and I keep fasteners back there too.

    1. Annual I do a tool purge.  It’s amazing how much space I’ve reclaimed over the years and more important is that I don’t miss those tools.

    2. +Matt Vanderlist
      That bumper sticker that says “The guy with the most tools wins” is stupid.  I find I actually use about 2 dozen tools on a regular basis, and another 2 dozen less often.  That’s woodworking tools, not mechanics, or electrical tools.  More tools just get in the way.  The big question is whether a person wants to go all power, all hand, mixed, or have it all.  The have-it-all guy will have the most tools, but still fewer than you might think.  For instance, some guys have a dozen bench planes.  That’s fine, but they’ve gone from having them for woodworking to having because they have a tool collecting hobby on the side.  Get the collection tools out of the way, and keep the ones you actually use near at hand.  If you can’t tell what you actually use, get some dot stickers of different colors and put a dot of one color on every tool you use on a project.  Over time you’ll have some tools with lots of dots of different colors, some tools will have one or 2 colors, and many won’t have any.

    3. +Honest Abe
      I never said that anybody was bound by my advice.  YOU can do anything YOU want.  If you want to blow money on tools you don’t use, go for it.  I don’t have money to blow, so I have learned to pay attention to which tools I actually use.  That has shown me you don’t need a lot of tools to work wood.  It’s not very surprising tho, since the old masters stored all their tools in a single tool chest.  If anyone IS concerned that they may have tools they aren’t using, my advice to use dots works great.

    4. +Honest Abe
      Yes Studley had more than 24 tools in his chest, and the old masters did as well.  And ALL of those guys would tell you that they used about 24 tools 60% of the time.  They used 24 other tools 30% of the time, and all the rest of the 252 tools combined were used only for the remaining 10% of the time in specialty applications.  I didn’t say you only need 48 tools.  I said that’s the number (roughly) we really use on a regular basis.  As a hobby woodworker, I certainly don’t need 300 tools, but counting router bits, drill bits, clamps, things like that, I probably have 200.  That wasn’t even my point.  I’ve purchased tools I thought I’d use and never did.  That’s what this is about.  If you have tools you just don’t use, there’s no reason to keep them. 

  3. Nooo save the off cuts!

  4. Cutoffs … “get rid of it.” Unless you are a woodturner. I actually pick up cutoffs from other members of our local guild to incorporat einto segmented projects, pens, finials, etc.

    Everything in my shop is on wheels, but you have to be careful about that. I actually over-built the number of rolling storage cabinets, consuming enough floor space to make the shop way too crowded. I installed a set of lockers (7 ft high, 9 ft long, 16″ deep) along one wall to accommodate bench tool storage, hardware, etc.

    1. We have a guy on one forum who puts them in flat rate boxes and gives them to woodturners for just the cost of his shipping!

  5. I use old fruit crates for many things as I don’t need to think too much about moisture in my workshop so I prefer recycling those instead of using plastic containers 🙂
    Also I really like to use the box of cutoffs method 😀
    My parents have a fireplace and they are happy when I bring them some of the shavings and the cut offs so they don’t need to buy or chop wood to start a fire 🙂

    1. It’s hard at first, especially when it’s a cutoff that is absolutely beautiful.  But the good news is that another one will come along shortly afterwards LOL!

  6. I started crying at “bonfire”

  7. Very good ideas from you. I just subscribe to your channel. Thank you very much Matt; I really appreciate your videos.

    1. Yo no apreció para nada a este charlatán. Todavía no a mostrado ningún trabajo hecho por el. Allí sólo hace alarde de sus máquinas y herramientas y nada más. me voy de este canal tan escaso de profesionalismo. es un charlatán

    2. Sorry Matt. I do not understand your response. Could you translate it in english? Thanks

  8. The ShavingWood Workshop

    Great video Matt

  9. Todavía no se visto un sólo trabajo por Ud. lo único q veo es un montón de máquinas y herramientas q no han tenido uso. yo les daría uso al menos. vi un video suyo de una pésima idea de revestir las tapas de un celular. horrible. pésimo. y mucha charla. demasiada. y encima vi otro video donde intentas cortar una tabla con un serrucho. PÉSIMO .

  10. Por que habla tanto este gordo. busca trabajo en la tv. la verdad q lo único q hace es hablar y hacer publicidad barata. maldito gordo basura. aprende observandoa jon peter o steve charmichael

  11. It is funny how hard it is to put cut offs from expensive exotics in the firewood pile. Just glad I have a natural wood fireplace at least. The garbage would be unthinkable.

  12. cool video

  13. I almost unsubscribed when you told “get rid of the cut-offs” lol. NEVAR!!11

    1. +jizzboorger my cutoffs storage space is as large as his good stuff,never throw away wood,as soon as you do you need it lol

  14. i like the closed container idea – dry and clean less dust collection thx

  15. Thanks! Lots of good ideas! You’ve motivated us!!! Best of luck to you!

  16. Don’t let your wall space go to waste, the more bits and bobs you can have up on shelves or wall mounted the more space you’ve got on the floor to move around.

  17. ok boss some good ideas there. BUT having said that I’m pretty sure I saw some open rafters over your head there so heres one of my long term storage ideas. I but a set of what look like book shelves with a back. I built it to fit the space between my open rafters. then I mounted them on heavy bolts pin and a notch that hooks them up in place when not in use. this allows me to pull them down to get at my less used tools and stuff. But not use valuable floor & wall space. I am trying to get a video made on this and will post it as soon as its done. keep the videos & ideas coming. I’ll be watching

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