So, I've had a wander around my workshop and thought about the different sorts of jobs I might be working on (e.g., making a cabinet, bedside table, or a timber lamp) and the activities (e.g., sanding, planing, glueing) needed to do those jobs.
The main working place will be my bench and, in particular, my bench vice. I've already put an overhead storage system in place that I'm using for holding my collection of smallish clamps.
This is working so well that I'm going to keep it for the time being. I use clamps on a regular basis to hold pieces while I work on them, for assembly, and during the glueing process. And I often need to hold a piece in one hand and grab a clamp with another. This means that I really ideally need the clamp always within arm's reach.
Here are the zones I've worked out so far:
|Zone 1||On me (i.e., my toolbelt)|
|Zone 2||In front of me (on my bench, overhead storage)|
|Zone 3||Mobile storage trollies, toolboxes|
|Zone 4||Workshop walls (e.g., in a tool cabinet)|
|Zone 5||Storage cupboards/drawers (noting that there can be memory burden with these)|
|Zone 6||Under work bench (I don't have much room around my workbench so reaching under it is problematic)|
|Zone 7||Storage outside the workshop (e.g., in the garage)|
They are listed in decreasing order of accessibility.