Open Workshop Setup

Author avatarTimm Wille | Last edit 9/12/2019 by Clementflipo

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Create a simple workspace setup to manage and organise your tools and materials.
8 hour(s)
Electronics, Machines & Tools, Recycling & Upcycling
100 USD ($)
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Creating a organised workshop is key for your active work on projects.

So we came up with a simple and cheap way of doing it, the more materials you upcycle to build it, the more you can reduce the costs.


  • 2x plywood (90x60cm, 90x120cm)
  • nails (100, 60, 40, 25 mm)
  • timber (for the box) + leftover plywood sheets
  • long timber (120x7cm)
  • boxes
  • water bottles (1.0 & 0.5 l)
  • solid wooden table (120x70x90cm)


  • hammer
  • saw
  • sissors
  • tape measure
  • water level
  • square
  • sandpaper
  • documentation camera/smartphone cam

Step 1 - Space selection & preparation

  • You need a space where you can work, so at least 8x bigger than your original workshop spot
  • use a corner of the room (about 2.0x1.0m Space minimum)
  • keep lights and accessebillity in mind
  • kreate an overview of tools and materials you have
  • start looking for a good sized plywood for your tools (big) and your small materials (small)
  • use a solid table as base for the construction (at least 90cm high and 70cm deep)
  • have a powerplug close to it
  • cut the wood sheets

Step 2 - prepare tools & materials

  • sort materials and tools by type and usage
  • cut the bottles to fill with materials (screws, bolts, nuts, washers, hooks, rivets etc.)
  • place the tools in order on the ground to the sheet (try different setups)
  • draw a fine line with a pencil around the tools
  • cut the parts for the box and the skrewdriver board and add it to the wall setup
  • nail everything to the board and remove the tools

Step 3 - Fix the boards to the wall

  • nail the board to the wall. (you can also use screws)
  • Build up some boxes for materials like markers.
  • Draw the shapes of the materials and tools for easy identification after use.
  • fix the timber board under the board, right above the table.

Step 4 - Fix tools and materials to the boards and finish up

  • Tools and materials should be fixed based on there shapes.
  • Balance both sides to reduce more weight on one side

Step 5 - Tips & WATCH YOUR TOOLS

  • Always ensure the open training space is neat and clean.
  • Keep off children near the work space.
  • The work space should be dust free at all times
  • Ensure to bring back tools and materials taken from the work space.
  • Should be free from water  since some of the tools rusts.