Paul Vander Woude's Tool Storage Unit

INGENIOUS SOLUTION
This storage cabinet keeps power tool cords organized.

SHOP OWNER: Paul Vander Woude
LOCATION: Chicago, IL

    Here are a couple of pictures of the hand power tool storage shelf I mentioned on the messageboards a while back. I wanted an open shelf unit for all of my hand power tools--drills, circular saw, routers, sanders, etc.--right by my workbench, where I always use them. (Those are banjo necks on the bench.) But I didn't want a rat's nest of cords, and I didn't want to cut off all the cords and make short pigtails.
    So, I made a large open shelf unit, about 7 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide, with adjustable height shelves. I built it to match the cheap oak cabinets I bought at Builders Square when they went out of business here in Chicago.
    
Paul Vander Woude's Tool Storage Unit

    The photo at right is more of a close-up and shows how the cords go into their own storage compartments. Each shelf is double, consisting of a flat top shelf with a second shelf two inches lower, with dividers to keep the cords separated. The bottom shelf has a little lip on it, so when I loop up the cord and stick it into its compartment, it stays in.

...Paul Vander Woude

 

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