I found myself looking at Beta Tool’s new workshop storage solutions, and from there, I decided to treat myself to some Lista eye-candy. Or rather, I tormented myself by looking at super-organized Lista workshops that I can only dream about.
Technically, it *could* be a reality. My kids don’t need college funds, right?
In all seriousness, if I could clear out enough space, I just might outfit it with a single Lista cabinet to start. Maybe lightly used? Scratch and dent? These things are bullet-proof. But, I never have clear space. Before I can sort out what goes where, I need to keep sorting things out. It’s hard to do, though, given the size of tools that I might be testing for review at any given time. You can’t exactly just put a miter saw in an empty drawer.
I’m kinda almost getting there.
If 80/20 has a holiday discount again this year, I’ll likely build a couple more simple workbenches.
Have you seen Dusty’s series on workshop organization? I might adapt some of his mobile workbench ideas with my own practices and preferences.
I spent so much money on my drawer workbenches that a Lista box or two might have been a competitive option, but I’ve also reconfigured things a couple of times. I digress.
So… I have complex tool and part storage needs, and I’m of the firm belief that if I moved everything to a large industrial space, Lista tool cabinets would be a dream.
The workstations shown above look like a simple but effective set-up.
No, wait, I like this idea better. Countertop-height shallow drawer cabinets with a stainless steel-wrapped top and shallow overhead cabinet storage. I’d probably go with a butcher block top.
Gosh I love the look of this. Each drawer can support 440 lbs.
Did you know that Lista just came out with a new drawer retention handle pull that can also be retro-fitted to existing products?
There’s also anti-tipover safety measures. Oh, and I believe a digital lockpad is also still an option. These would be as kid-friendly as industrial tool and part storage can get.
List has an adjustable base that seems to be meant for “wet cleaning,” but I might instead built a level platform using 80/20 and swivel feet. I’d need some form of adjustable base in both the garage and basement.
I’d buy more Proto tool cabinets in a hearbeat if I could get them to the basement. I’ve been considering more of Proto’s economical line of tool boxes for basement part and tool storage, but they’re not really worth the investment, from a bang for the buck standpoint. I like that they’re made in the USA, but imported versions are better featured and better built for less money. Although… you can’t get imported tool cabinets of 18″ depth anymore, due to counterveiling tariffs.
I started looking at all this because I had the idea to see if a new Beta tool cabinet would make sense in the garage as a work station. Their base-level made-in-China cabinets are available with anti-tipover safety measures, which would help me feel more at ease when the kids are working with me in the garage. Then I saw the Beta Tools workshop products, and then I started price-comparing and drooling over Lista products.
I like the idea of a mobile island-like mobile workbench, although this one is a bit large. I like how Lista workbenches have functional risers. Just like some of their service bay products can have specialty functions – some brands have hose reel, power station, and oil service pump modules – these risers look to have power and control components.
What I could do with floor to ceiling tool and parts storage…!!!
I think these are eye-level cabinets. Personally, I think that counter-level offer the best balance between workable height and storage density.
This is a clean and basic-looking setup, which Lista describes as being Personal Space Value Editions. In other words, home garage and mancave setups?
Here’s another example of a Lista “personal space” setup.
Okay, so my dream setup would have… counter-height cabinets with workbench space where I’d have a drafting-style stool, and a wide and sturdy mobile workbench. Walls would have oodles of storage and maybe a couple of wall cabinets, and there would be some gaps where I have workshop equipment.
My dream workshop would also have more equipment than I can fit anywhere at the moment. I know, my dreams are somewhat cluttered right now, but I can’t help it. My project goals and ambitions require a winning lottery ticket and at least a 4 car garage or similarly-sized industrial space.
In my dreams, Lista cabinets, workbenches, and mobile work centers would fall (gently) from the sky and solve all my organizational problems. But I know that a lot of my woes are my own doing. Organizing my chaos is a back-and-forth process, but that’s now what I’ve been doing. I’ve been trying all sorts of things, but there are all sorts of complications.
In a perfect world, I would start fresh, plan out my space, and then sort out what goes where and discard the rest. Instead, I’ve been throwing different storage solutions at the current chaos. Hey, I have made progress, just not enough. I’m working on it.
I might eventually get my dream Lista workshop, but it wouldn’t be the end to my organizational problems. My needs and tasks are constantly changing, and it can be hard for a static workshop to accommodate this.
Plus, you can equip a workshop with far less expensive tool and parts storage products – and I do have a bunch of different solutions.
I’ve been testing “pro” garage cabinets, and they’re… okay, but I already busted at least one drawer. Sure, they’re a fraction of the price of Lista, and I’m unlikely to be able to get Lista cabinets up and down stairs on my own, but garage cabinets seem to be more for occasional weekend warriors and not daily users. Maybe some of the new Harbor Freight US General Series 2 tool cabinets are in my future. The smaller US General boxes are very attractively priced, and they seem to be well-regarded.
Part of my problem is that I get stuck in dreamland, thinking about how my work areas and storage spaces could look, or should look. I’m going to wrap up this post and get to cleaning in just a moment.
The other part of my problem is that my needs are always changing. I have not yet budgeted for “dream workshop” tools, such as a cabinet table saw, benchtop mill (larger than my Taig), or benchtop lathe (larger than my Sherline), wood jointer, or wood workbench, because I know what will happen. I might use certain equipment frequently for x-number of weeks or months, and then a different project (personal or ToolGuyd-related) will come up, and I’ll suddenly wish that I could move my large and heavy equipment someplace else.
You know what? I need a TARDIS – a full-scale facility that I could fit in the footprint of a 2-car garage. Well, a 2-car garage that loses some space to kid and home essentials, such as a cordless snow blower during winter and Power Wheels during the summer.
Yep. And you thought YOU had workshop woes.
I have what, a month before Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? If I can get some cleaning, decluttering, and organizing done in the next two weeks, that gives me two weeks of planning for how to better organize my spaces. I can probably budget for another 80/20-based workbench cabinet and maybe design a base around Harbor Freight’s single bank roller cabinets. Or… maybe I’ll just work on cleaning and decluttering for now.
There is a bright side to all of this… if I can get some cleaning done, I’m sure there will be some stuff to giveaway.