Application of this guide will enable you to store your tools in a convenient area, allowing you to find which tool you are looking for quickly.
Many people have a “catch all” drawer in their home in which many items of unknown origin (such as screws, parts and pieces found around the home) are stored. Along with these items, it is common to find tools such as screwdrivers and hammers, along with other tools.
We will walk through some of the ways to get those tools organized and put in a place that is easily accessable.
Along with the use of containers, is the need for a location for tool storage. More than likely, tool storage will be confined to the garage area or basement of the home. In this guide, we’ll use the garage to demonstrate the tool storage location in your home.
A typical garage is limited on space for extra items since our cars are parked in them. Utilization of higher wall areas is a space saving as well as a functional idea for the use of tool storage.
A brief explanation of how to group tools together is essential in a well organized tool area. Let’s start with screwdrivers since they tend to be lying around more than other tools. Many people have a large assortment of screwdrivers, and in order to use space efficiently, only the common ones will be displayed. One of each type of screwdriver should be in a visible rack for easy accessibility. Excess tools of the same type should be carefully stored in a dry cabinet, while specialty tools should be clearly marked in a container for easy identification.
Grouping screwdrivers together with wrenches will allow for efficiency when work is being performed such as assembly or repair, since many repairs made with screwdrivers will require a wrench to secure the other end of a screw or bolt.
Chisels should be grouped with other sharp edge tools such as planes, and gouges. Chisels should be stored in a leather or cloth chisel roll to prevent dulling of the sharp edges.
Files need to be kept separate from other tools, storing them in a leather roll. (The same way chisels are stored.)
Measuring devices such as tape measure, rulers, protractors and marking gauges should be grouped together.
Utility knives, scissors and blades can be stored together and power tools should be stored in a large cabinet with easy access.
Each and every person (depending on whether you’re a professional wood worker, carpenter, or a do it yourselfer), will have varying amounts of tools, and the extent of tool organization will depend on the amount of different types of tools you own..
Now that we’ve covered tool grouping and storage areas, we must now look into what to store the tools in. There are many available options for storage containers, so let’s take a look at some of our options. Some people may choose to build their own containers while other folks choose to purchase them.
Tool racks are an effective method of storage and allow for tools to be displayed, while some closed containers are transparent which allows for visibility to determine what tools are in the container. A combination of closed and open rack displays will achieve the best storage and convenience results.
Tool boxes are a great way to store tools, but when using tool boxes for storage of many different tools, it can become more trouble than it’s worth when you have to dig around, sifting through all the tools in the box. The solution for this is to group the tools together as mentioned in this article and use several tool boxes if needed. Labeling each tool box by groups will enable easy access in finding the right tool when you need it. The use of small plastic, transparent containers will provide storage for smaller, and more specialized tools such as a miniature screwdriver kit. These small containers can be purchased in sets, and many of these sets come inside of a small cabinet.
A well organized tool plan will include the use of toolboxes, racks, containers and cabinets stored on shelving which is attached to the garage wall above the level of car doors and walking areas.