I had a wonderful weekend. I hope you did too! I got plenty done that I wanted to and managed to rest a little too.
Mini slept through the night last night which was heavenly for Nurse B who has been on night duty this past week. What happened to Mini was that she got an abscess on one of her hind legs and it burst open, she had to go the vet, be sedated, get shaved (she the cutest half shaved derrière…), stitched up and have a drainage tube put in and on top of it all wear the dreaded plastic cone… She's doing so much better now but needs to stay indoors for another week.
Anyways, one of the things I wanted to get done this weekend was to finish off some projects in the garage/workshop. Will post about them later but since I've had some questions on how our workshop space is organized I took some photos of what we keep in there while I waited for paint to dry.
Martin and I didn't build the work space at the far end of the garage until we had lived in our house for about five years. In the beginning we used old kitchen cabinets and made do with what was already there but if (when) we move I will make sure we will prioritize a set up like this even before starting on any other renovations. Having everything organized makes everything so much easier.
So from left to right; just left of the entrance from the house (our garage is in the basement just under our living room) we keep MDF and other large boards leaning against the wall. There's also an old folding patio table there which I use as extra work surface when I paint. Above the boards I've mounted inexpensive shelf brackets which hold moldings and strips of wood.
At the far end, under the work top there's a little nook for small scraps of board.
Under the left side of the work top is where we keep power tools. The plastic bins contain 1) clamps, 2) assorted rarely used hand tools like paint scrapers, hand drills etc 3) electric cords. The black box holds my mouse sander with sand papers, attachments etc.
Under the right side of the work top we keep four boxes with dividers with screws, nails, nuts, bolts etc. I also keep a small brush for the work top and a roll of old gift wrap there. I use the gift wrap to protect the work surface when I paint. The larger bins hold 1) rags and drop cloths 2) paint brushes, rollers, stirrers etc 3) sandpaper, spackle, filler etc 4) tiling tools and materials 5) latex paints 6) oil based paints 7) paint stripper and similar 8) oil and putty.
On the floor to the right is where we keep boards and planks. They butt all the way into the corner under the work space. Above, again on brackets, we keep our ladder and a spare trellis. Our compost sieve hangs on smaller brackets next to the door to the storage room.
A shelf under the work surface keeps the smaller and shorter pieces of wood separated from the longer ones.
We use candy containers (which we get for free in grocery stores) to store all the little bits and bobs. There's one for wheels, one for string, one for tape, one for hardware etc.
Hand tools are kept easily accessible on peg boards.
Drill bits are stored in drilled pieces of wood. We have one for wood bits, one for metal , one for concrete and one for special bits like for tile.
Long clamps are stored hanging on the wall and above them are the long metal rulers.
Saws etc are hung on hooks on the wall. The japanese hand saw blade is simply stuck between the boards of the work surface.
I use plastic trays which originally held frozen crayfish to corral bottles on the work top.
In the corner there's a catch-all bin which holds a bunch of stuff but because it's contained it feels less cluttered than if it were all sitting directly on the work top. In the catch all there's an ice cream container where I drop all little nuts and bolts etc that I don't have time to sort in their proper places. Once in a while I sort it out.
On-going projects are kept on old trays so they don't spread out all over the place.
Just to the right of the entrance to the house are two wire shelving units. It's where I keep cleaning stuff, plastic bags, work gloves etc. To the left (not seen) is the entrance to the garage from the garden.
That concludes the garage work shop tour. Hope you enjoyed the ride!