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10 Shop Organization Ideas
To put an end to looking around for his tools while he was welding, Robert Waldner of Platte, South Dakota, fit a 3/16-inch-thick steel strap around his oxygen tank. It’s bolted on with wing nuts for quick removal when it’s time to switch to a new tank. There are hooks welded on for a tape measure, crescent wrench, welder spray, and a welder shield.
Revolving Shop Stand
The base for this revolving shop stand is a final drive housing found by Bryan Hoersten of Delphos, Ohio, on a worn-out tractor in a salvage yard. He mounted a bench grinder on one side and a wire wheel on the other. It spins 360 degrees, so both pieces of equipment can sit near a wall. He says that with such a heavy base, he doesn’t worry about the unit tipping over.
Rotating Tool Center
Pieces of 3x3-foot plywood form the exterior surfaces of this tool center built by John Russell of Pemberville, Ohio. It turns 360 degrees on inexpensive casters, but one extra caster is spring-loaded to create a detent that will catch the unit in one of two positions, so the storage rack sits square with the shop.
Carson Tardy says they hang their extra hydraulic hoses on the wall to keep them out of the way in their farm shop in Effingham, Illinois. The hoses drip oil making a mess. So before they put a hose away, they cap each end with a pipe cap being careful, of course, to match thread sizes. The floor stays clean, and the hose threads are protected from corrosion.
Extension Cord Reel
To create an extension cord reel remove the pour spouts from two 5-gallon bucket lids. Fasten a handle to the center of one lid with one screw so it can spin, and fasten a second handle on the other lid opposite the spout hole. Screw both lids to the ends of a 4x4-inch block to make a spool with the cord going through one spout hole. Thank you to Ed Winfrey of Sibley, Missouri.
Orval Bunger used old bed framing (1.5-inch angle iron) for his shop rack. It sits on 5-inch casters in his farm shop near Upland, Nebraska. Each side holds 60 bins: three rows of 5.5-inch bins and three rows of 6.5-inch bins. The removable ½-inch plywood shelves in the center are for tools and miscellaneous items. The top center holds 10 spray cans.
When he needs to heat iron until it’s red hot (for straightening or shaping), Jack Kiser uses this stand he built at his farm in Fremont, Ohio. This is an advantage because if he has to turn off the torch and lay it down, the metal loses some of the heat, which makes it more difficult to form. With both hands free, he holds the metal he’s heating with a locking-type pliers.
Jim Courtright utilized an empty corner by building a lazy Susan organizer at his farm near Hudson, Indiana. It’s made out of the basket from a steel-wheeled hay rake, and the base uses a tire, rim, and spindle. The deburred, sanded shelves are slightly bigger than the supports, and each shelf can hold four 5-gallon pails.
Here are some tips for using all the space inside a farmer's shop