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Tips for a Tidy Workshop

Use these simple tips to make your workshop work smarter, cleaner, more efficient and more comfortable. Most of these tips use materials you have on hand and take less than 10 minutes to implement.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Carpet pad for soft footing

Toolbox liner

Onboard glue spreader

Racquet caddy

Rosin paper workbench cover

Ambient air cleaning on the cheap

High volume blow gun

High volume blow gun

Kick Up a Dust Storm

Blow guns are a great way to clean dust out of tools and materials, as well as nooks and crannies in the garage where vacuum nozzles won’t fit.

Most blow guns have a pinhole-size opening. That’s fine for blowing away small wood or metal chips. But these Typhoon high volume, variable-flow blow guns (available through our affiliation with Amazon.com) have multiple openings and a tapered tip that develops 2.1 lbs. of thrust. Use one to blow your entire work area or even blast the water off your freshly washed car. It’s the most powerful blow gun we’ve ever seen. And the trigger is a true variable-volume design, not just full on or full off.

Buy the traditional gun for workbench use or the 12- or 24-in.-long version to gain some distance between you and the dust cloud you’ll kick up. Find them at air tool sellers or online.

In-the-bag shop vacuum filter cleaning

Top-shelf safety glasses

Magnetic broom

Safety glasses insurance

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August 22, 6:22 AM [GMT -5]

I use my air compressor to blow it all out. Place filter in a dowel, secure it well so that you can walk around it with the air hose. Eye protection, hat, and plan to shower after putting your tools away. It also helps to aim the resulting dust storm toward a mean neighbor's yard. ;) Just kidding, folks.

August 06, 2:22 PM [GMT -5]

And the number one tip for a tidy workshop..........

DON'T have kids!

December 21, 3:38 AM [GMT -5]

the sock for the safety glasses what a tip

November 15, 7:09 PM [GMT -5]

As far as the floor mat goes, you could also use double-sided carpet tape if you don't want to see the duct tape around the edges.

November 03, 2:18 PM [GMT -5]

Cheap yoga mats (about $5 at the discount stores) also make excellent tool drawer liners. With a choice of colors, you can coordinate it with the toolbox!

November 01, 4:08 PM [GMT -5]

The ideas are interesting.

I would like to see the tool drawer after a month. The liner is nice if you can only have a few tools to a drawer.

I have tried the filter in the bag, My filter is evidently more impacted with the sawdust as it does not work for me. I have also tried a small bucket with a hole big enough for the vacuum hose which just fills the new filter. I have put pantyhose over the filter which works nice but there is a noticeable loss of suction power.

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