The art of organizing a workshop can make a big difference in how you work. Here at the Toolmonger shop we engage in constant discussion about the right tool for the job, which tool is a good tool — and then we generally grab the tool closest to hand, unless it’s really the wrong tool for the job. It’s a really interesting phenomenon.
For instance, you can cut lengths of two-by-four with any number of tools — a crosscut handsaw, a circ saw, a jigsaw, or a recip saw, to name a few. If we need it precisely perpendicular, we’ll get out the circ saw — but it’s on a high shelf, away from the workbench, in a case. If precision doesn’t matter and there are only a couple of cuts, the handsaw is one step away in a drawer. (We’re usually not precise with a handsaw.) And if the jigsaw or the recip is already out and easy to reach then we won’t even take that one step.
Moral: The “most used” tool in the shop is sometimes just the closest to hand, rather than the best.
Thanks to Robert C for the great CC-licensed photo!
Toolmonger Photo Pool [Flickr]