Multi-Use Work Shop StorageTable




About: Alan Walker a.k.a. "The Toolman" has been creative and worked with his hands all of his life. He has been employed in a wide variety of industries including a museum, a major power tool manufacturer, a natio...

For those of you who work in small areas or a single car garage (you know who you are), this is for you. I guess like many, I have a tool fetish (you think so?)and I'm always looking for ways to maximize the work space I have. I stumbled on this idea from browsing the Internet plans for shop storage. It's actually a hybrid of several ideas. Like many of you, I have way too many clamps or maybe not enough, I'm not sure but I needed a way to store my bar clamps out of the way. After much cranial exercising, I drew up this idea so here it is.

It's a basic 2"x3" stud frame with interior storage for plastic tubs, surrounded by 1/4" pegboard to hang stuff. Every surface is used, especially the back for bar clamps (I kept falling over them leaned up against the wall! EVIL CLAMPS!)

Anyway here we go. I have the measured plans in PDF form here to download.

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Step 1: Lockable Wheels

Make sure you add some lockable wheels.

Step 2: Those Nasty Bar Clamps

Here you go my prettys. Right where you belong. I cut large slots in sections of 2" pvc pipe to hold the bar clamps. Out of sight but there when you need them.

Step 3: Right Side

Here's the right side standing in front of the table. Lots of different types of clamps. I used peg board hooks but you can use what you like.

Step 4: Left Side

More clamps. We'll that's it. Tell me what you think at

Step 5: PDF of Measured Drawing

In hopes that some of you guys would benefit from my work, here's a PDF file of the measured drawing I did in Visio (I love this app). The measurements are pretty close and it gave me an idea of the construction as I built it. Enjoy!



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    10 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    One can never have too many clamps! It looks like you have gained control of yours. Useful 'ible'!


    10 years ago on Step 5

    Thanks for a great cart. I also love Visio. I wonder if you would be willing to post the Visio file. That would let others use the file and mod it for their purposes.


    10 years ago on Step 2

    Ingenious use of pvc pipe.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! I have a small basement, and I've been wondering what I can do about workspace and storage. This could very will do the trick!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great job! . . .And yes, indeed, "I know who I am." My last 'shop' was that portion of the garage which my girlfriend would let me use. I had a roughly similar set-up, only my bench didn't move and consisted mainly of slotted pieces of plywood fitted together, 'coke crate' style, to form 'legs.' I had four free corners in which I stored tool cabinets. (They rolled around, of course. :-) )


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is very nice! Pity you didn't get it published before the two Craftsman contest deadlines; but great that you've put it up!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome ! You should put buggy wheels on that and ride it around :P