Hello all! We finished organizing our workbench and I’m going to share lots of ideas to keep it clutter-free, easy to find things, and convenient. You can see how we organized the bottom shelf here. I wanted to create an area that required very little time keeping it in shape. Hubby wanted the top to be as free of ‘stuff’ as possible, giving him plenty of room to work, yet still have items handy to reach. So we added a shelf under the top.
We used 3/4 inch plywood for the shelf and cut it to size. Then we nail-gunned 4×1″ pieces of wood to each end of the plywood. Using the nail gun temporarily held the ends in place while we screwed them together. Once the piece was assembled we slid it under the top of the workbench. Truthfully, it did not ‘slide’ in. A little encouragement from a rubber mallet got it in. Again we nail gunned it in place until we put the screws in.
To keep it level, we added a piece of 1×4″ wood to the center. Once it was level, we nailed it in place.
Time to do some staining with the deck wood stain.
My husband didn’t like the multi-drawer small parts organizers that had been sitting on the bench. He said the drawers got jammed all the time. I kept the drawers to use as dividers in plastic shoe containers. They fit just perfect.
Voila! Enough room is available to put the lids on the containers. Gotta keep the dust and spiders out. We’re using a ‘screw organizing container’ for the different screws. You can see that on the far left of this next photo.
I placed the power strip out of sight on the back of the shelf behind the plastic containers. The battery chargers now sit on the right end of the bench.
I hung my little power screwdriver on a peg board hook. Can you see it in this picture, top left? We also attached 2×4’s to the wall with corner braces, on each side of the peg board. Hubby just drilled holes in them to hold our screwdrivers. How did we get so many? The teeny tiny ones are in cases in one of the storage boxes on the new shelf. I guess we’re screwdriver hoarders!
We also upgraded our pegboard hooks. This is not an endorsement. I wish it was, so I could get paid, but it’s not. These are from Talon. Several places sell them online. They are AWESOME. They snap in securely. No more flopping hand tools. If you want to move them, just unscrew the white screws and they come out easily. A genius invented them, I’m sure.
Previously we had a floor fan nearby. It gets really hot in here during the summer months. But it was always in the way. So we purchased a wall mount fan. It can oscillate and we can move it up and down. It works so much better for us. We also hung a paper towel holder and a plastic bag diy holder.
Finishing the job, we hung the fire extinguisher. I also hung up the yard stick and hubby’s flashlight on command hooks, and his wet towel container is hanging from an S hook off the end of the wire shelf. I tried to think of everything.
One last before and after:
It took many hours for both of us to go through every little item, determining placement or purge. But it was oh-so worth the effort, and will save a lot of time when working on future projects.
I hope this will help you, too.