Have you ever reached for a tool and it just wasn’t where it was supposed to be? This can be frustrating, especially when you are mid-project. That is why your tools’ organization is so important. Not only that but with power tools, it can make life easier and extend the life of the tool too.
Organization, though, is one of those things that is personal and has a lot of factors to consider. You have to think about the tool, frequency of use, and the space you have available. This can make creating a well-organized workshop difficult and time-consuming.
We thought we would take a look at some ideas on how to organize power tools. Some are pretty self-explanatory. Others may be a little outside the box. But no matter which ideas you like in the end, you will end up with a well-organized workspace that will help you get those projects done faster and more efficiently.
Power Tools – How to Organize Them
The major thing with power tools is that they tend to take up more room and require special considerations when organizing them. That doesn’t mean that it is impossible to make your space work for you while maintaining your special considerations. It just means that you have to take a little more time in planning than with your traditional tools.
So here are some suggestions on how to organize your power tools.
The invention of cordless power tools was amazing, but with these comes a new factor to consider – batteries and charging. You will want to keep your batteries all together and have multiple batteries ready for whatever project you are working on.
That is why creating a well-organized docking and charging station might be a great organizational tip. Build a custom station and mount it to the wall. Just remember to make sure you do it near a wall outlet so that the station actually works.
Mobile Power Tool Station
If you are working with a large workspace or are continually moving from place to place to do your work, you may want to set your power tools up in a mobile workstation. You will want to have everything handy like extra batteries and places to store power tools with cords.
For the tools that do have cords, you will want to make sure you have extension cords available and wrap the cords carefully. One suggestion would be to take different colored zip ties and use them to wrap your cords. This way, you can organize similar tools together for quicker access.
Hang Your Tools
If you don’t want to store your power tools in a box or container, hanging them is a great way to organize them. You can take an old coat rack or wall hanging strips and mount them on the wall. Then simply hang your power tools off of them. If you have a lot of power tools, you may want to only hang the ones you use the most frequently for easy access.
Install a Pegboard
If you have a lot of power tools, you may want to install a large pegboard on one of your workshop’s open walls. This will allow you to hang more of your tools and zone them as we talk about in a later section. This is a great solution as it keeps your floor and table space free and allows you to easily see your tools when you need them.
French cleats are handmade wall storage mounts that can come in handy to store your power tools. You can craft them for the specific dimensions of each tool, giving customized housing for each. Plus, this is an excellent way to use up all that scrap wood you have lying around the workshop.
You can also take a PVC pipe and cut it. Then mount it under shelves to help keep your power tools up on the workbench or crammed into a container. This is a cheap and easy way to organize your power tools.
Zone Out Your Tools
A place for everything and everything in its place. That is something we have all heard, and it is definitely true. One good way to organize your power tools is by type. Maybe have all your drills in one place and your sanders in another. In other words, groups like items together. You can also group your power tools in order of most used. Whatever works for you.
Use Cabinet End Caps
Another great organizational tip is to use all your space. One of the best ways to do that is to utilize the end caps of your workbench or cabinets. You can attach hangers and then hang your power tools off of them. This will keep your power tools organized and up out of the way.
Clearly Label Your Containers
If you are dealing with limited space and have to use containers to house your power tools, there are some great ways to maintain organization. You can color-code your containers if you are more of a visual person. Store like items in the same container and then label them clearly.
Or you can even print out a picture from the internet, laminate it, and place it on the outside of the container, so you know what’s inside. Within the containers, you may want to make some sort of division as well. This is so that you don’t have to dig through them to find the tool you are looking for.
There is no limit to the ways that you can organize your tools. The way you choose to do it will depend on the number of tools you have, if you are a hobbyist or a professional, the size of your workspace, and your overall personal preference.
The ideas above are just some of the more common ways to keep your power tools organized. By maintaining organization, you will know where everything is when you need it. As we said above, it can even help extend the life of the tools used.