Sander Station

Organizing your shop never looked so good. This Shaker-inspired design corrals your power sanders, discs, and belts so you know just where to find them.

"A place for everything, and everything in its place." This classic Benjamin Franklin proverb offers an alternative to the comfortable chaos that reigns in many workshops — including my own. This pithy saying has a lot to do with this project. One of the goals I have for my shop is to organize tools and supplies so they’re not only contained but also that the shop space is inviting. Let’s look at the organizing part first. This compact wall shelf is designed to keep power sanders and associated gear all in one place. Power sanders tend to be dusty tools, so an open shelf works better than a box or enclosed space. The shelf accommodates both random orbit and belt sanders along with a sanding block or two. It has a cork lining that resists abrasion from sanding discs. Below the shelf is a row of shallow drawers to hold all the discs you could need. Up above, there’s a rail with pegs for hanging sanding belts, or even rolls of adhesive-backed sandpaper. After a recent shop cart project, designer Dillon Baker has been on a bit of a Shaker kick. You can see the inspiration here: pegs and knobs, curved sides, and back rail. Even the paint color recalls the Shakers. To simplify construction, all the parts are made from 1/2"" plywood. Thinner plywood lightens the look of the shelf. This also keeps the overall project cost down, too. Organization, thriftiness, and a simple design, I think Ben would approve.

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