My studio is CRAZY organized right now. I was watching Restaurant Impossible last week (for some reason we're hooked on that and Chopped in my house.) They go into failing restaurants, fix the problems, and re-open. One of the issues they're always fixing is poor kitchen layout. It finally hit me that I needed to launch a Studio Impossible project because my layout was a disaster.
I didn't take "before" photos. Not that I didn't think of it; I just couldn't bear to preserve that nightmare. But I have some "after" photos for you.
The first photo shows an older workbench that I made myself. Don't be too impressed because my husband Kevin had to reinforce it later. It's kind of a semi-dedicated flexshaft station now rather than a free-for-all. (A flexshaft is a power tool with a gazillion uses and attachments.)
Notice all the open floor space. Take my word for it; that's new.
Then I bought a sweet 6' wooden work bench from Harbor Freight. Thanks Sam, Kathy, and Kevin for helping me put that together. If you need a bench, look at this one http://www.harborfreight.com/60-inch-workbench-93454.html . It would be a steal for its regular $229 price but I had a coupon to make it $149. It's so gorgeous I almost hate to hammer on it and scuff it up.
This black lamp was about to go in the trash. It's supposed to clamp onto a table but the connectors were cheap plastic and broke almost right away. Actually I had two of these lamps and they both broke. Whatever happened to metal parts, people?
Then it hit me. The new bench has holes in the top (so tools etc. can be attached) and the lamp has a rod at the bottom! Into the hole it goes, and now I have the perfect bench light. I would seriously buy this lamp just to break it and use it here.
All my silver is filed away in a portable file, organized by type, gauge, and shape... along with the various sandpapers used to get that nice finish on the metal.
All of my spikey tools (files, burnishers, dividers, bezel pushers) are stuck in an 8" Styrofoam cube covered in white felt... instead of haphazardly thrown in a container. Pliers, wire cutters, sanding sticks, and rulers are in a divided box I found at a thrift store.
A ton of other tiny stuff is all filed away in small drawers.
Forming, cutting, measuring, and stamping /texturing tools are corralled in the work bench drawers.