Shops can never have too much storage, and keeping them neat is often a function of whether you have enough storage.  Everything in its place assumes there is a place for everything.

I like to buy rolling tool chests into workbenches and other shop furniture.  For example, my little welding table is essentially a steel plate mounted atop firebricks on a rolling tool chest.  If you wait until the post-holiday sales–after Christmas, after Father’s Day, etc.–you can get some great deals on rolling tool chests.  Since they’re on wheels, it makes it easy to rearrange the shop too, as needed.

Here’s a project a recently came across in Garage Journal with a very similar intent:

ToolChestWorkbench

Check out the forum thread in the Garage Journal for more details.

At some point, I am going to get something like that together, but with a large granite surface plate in one bay.  This will become my metrology station.

 

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