Over the years, I’ve gotten into a shop routine. It starts by putting on my equipment— safety glasses, my apron, hearing protection, and then throwing my tape measure and pencil into my apron pocket. That everyday-carry was the inspiration for building this shop valet.
Simple Construction. As you can see in the photo, the valet is simply a shelf with a couple of pegs. The pegs are designed to hold my apron and hearing protection. The shelf is easy to build. The parts are made from some scrap softwood and glued together. The pegs are simply glued into holes drilled in the back. Routed Recesses. The one thing that might not be apparent is the recesses routed into the top of the shelf. I routed three different recesses to hold the accessories I use all the time. They give each item a home and that way I don’t waste time looking for my pencil or tape measure, because we all know how much time that can take. The recesses in the shelf are sized to fit a tape measure, a pencil, and safety glasses, but could be customized to fit other items.