Machine Shop Organization Ideas

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Machine Shop Organization Ideas
A well-organised machine shop keeps things running smoothly. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Organization is key in an environment such as a machine shop, where dangerous tools and sharp objects abound. Not only does it make the operation run more smoothly, but it serves a vital safety purpose as well. Whether you have a hobby machine shop at home or run one in a large organisation, there are several organisation tips that can apply to all.

Peg Boards

Peg boards are pieces of wood with small, evenly spaced holes throughout, designed for placement of hooks or pegs. When mounted on a wall, a peg board can serve as a place to organise small tools and equipment in a machine shop. Peg boards can be as large or small as you need them. They can cover an entire wall or be cut to size. You can also buy attachments that hook to the peg boards. These attachments include both small and large plastic bins, including ones specifically designed for holding magazines or papers.

Cleaning and Inspection Area

In many machine shops, especially commercial operations, cleaning and inspection of finished items is an important part of the work process. Keep this area separate from the main shop. This can prevent any contamination and potential mixup with non-finished items. Be sure all workers in the shop know that as soon as an item is finished, it goes directly to this space.


Something as simple as a label can play an integral part in the organisation of your machine shop. This is especially useful if the area is used by many people. Place labels on peg boards, on drawers and in any location where tools and objects are stored. Insist that everyone who uses the shop place an item right back in its specified location. This can go a long way toward keeping the space neat and orderly.

Gear Organization

Safety gear is vital in a machine shop. Each person can have his own items or use communal items. Regardless of how your shop operates, have a designated safety gear area directly outside the machine shop. This can keep gear from getting mixed up with things in the shop area. If the area is large enough, consider installing lockers for each worker. A smaller shop can get by with plastic bins.

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