Projects to Organize Your Woodshop


Between lumber, clamps, bits, and other tools and materials for a CNC machine, woodshops have a habit of getting disorganized—and fast. Wouldn’t it be nice to put those tools to work on some projects that will keep all of your most-used items neatly organized and ready to go? Try out some of the ideas below, or use them as inspiration to create your own CNC designs!

A Bit Tray
bit tray carved with cnc machine

This one is essential in any woodshop featuring a CNC machine. You need a place to keep bits organized—and this project features an extra nice touch, which is a slot for the wrench you’ll use to change bits. Feel free to personalize it with text, or if you want extra storage, you can also make larger compartments to hold loose bits and other odds and ends.

Storage for Your Clamp Set
CNC Clamps Storage Set carved with an x-carve

Tired of digging through disorganized clamps to find the right size for your next project? Make a custom clamp holder to keep all the pieces in place, organized by size. This is another project that is easily customized, too. If you have space left over, consider adding slots for your wrench, calipers, and other commonly used tools.

The Tool Caddy
Allen Wrench Tool Caddy CNC Project

This particular caddy is designed to hold Allen wrenches—and it’s a great way to keep them all sorted, no matter the size. But you can also use this caddy for all kinds of other tools, too. Make one to keep screwdrivers, files, chisels, and more sorted.

A Chisel Holder
Wood chisel holder CNC project on Inventables

If you’re looking for a unique twist on the usual chisel holders, this one will do the trick. With the angled caddy, you can set it on a workbench for easy access, or you can mount it to a wall. This is also a great option for other types of tools, too. With a few modifications, this holder will store wrenches, screwdrivers, and other tools.

The Store Anything Wall Mounted Tool Rack
Cool wall mounted tool rack carved using an x-carve cnc machine

Got lots of odds and ends that need a place to stay? Try this wall mounted tool rack. The beauty if this one is that it’s easily customized to hold just about anything you can imagine. Calipers, bits, wrenches, clamps—if you can hang it, then with a little creativity, you can make a custom storage solution just like this one with your CNC machine.

Bench Top Storage Trays
storage trays for tool in a woodshop

Sometimes you just need a set of trays to keep loose items from migrating around your workbench. Try a set of trays like these to hold pencils, bits, clamps, and all the rest of the odds and ends that you use each day. The best part about these is that you can make them versatile, which means they’ll hold different things as your needs change with time.

The beauty of a CNC machine is that you can use it to make just about any kind of storage solution imaginable. These are some ideas to get you started, but with some ingenuity, you can find more ways to keep your woodshop organized.


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