Shop tips to make your life a bit simpler

Convenience matters when it comes to setting up your shop. It’s nice to have a place for every tool, and a tool for every place, but it’s also slick to have easy-to-use, easy-to-maintain basic systems, including air supply, supply storage, and access to oil and other materials for maintenance and routine jobs.

In Edwardsport, Don Villwock and Jason Misiniec included many of these ideas when they laid out a new shop a few years ago. However, some of these ideas, including storage for new oil and simple dispensing systems, could be adapted to many existing shops.

Key Points

Simplicity is important when designing a shop.

Some good ideas from new shops can be retrofitted into existing shops.

Gadget allows you to dial in exact amount of oil to dispense from bulk storage.

Here’s a look at just a few of the ways Villwock and Misiniec keep life simple but productive in the farm shop. They utilize the shop to clean equipment, carry out routine maintenance, modify equipment, and even do some not-so-small repair projects.


Easy access: Simply dial in 12 quarts of oil if that’s what the crankcase holds, and fill it directly. The oil flows down from overhead tanks. Don Villwock says they have a similar rig to dispense transmission fluid.


Keep air flowing: Here’s a filter that collects water from condensation in the air lines. Permanent air lines deliver to key points within the shop.


Storage to spare: This space next to a utility room at the front of the shop and some old storage shelves provide a chance for Jason Misiniec to organize items seldom used but still needed.

This article published in the March, 2012 edition of INDIANA PRAIRIE FARMER.

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