Home improvement tip of the week 6.15.05

Are you looking for something to give Dad this Father’s Day?
Does he have more tools than he knows what to do with? If so, why
not consider making or buying him a place to store all those spare
tools that are scattered throughout the garage. Here are a couple
ideas that you can do on your own or together with Dad.
Are you looking for something to give Dad this Father’s Day? Does he have more tools than he knows what to do with? If so, why not consider making or buying him a place to store all those spare tools that are scattered throughout the garage. Here are a couple ideas that you can do on your own or together with Dad. There is no better gift than to spend some quality time with him (and maybe to help cover the costs as well).

The first step is to check to see what types of tools he has. If he has several smaller tools, maybe a toolbox or wall pegs are the solution. Small pegs can be nailed into a flat board and placed on a wall to organize the tools in an-easy-to-see, easy-to-grab format. You can purchase a variety of tool boxes, ranging from as little as $10 to more than $100 depending on the size and type, from a hardware store.

If there is an empty space near his work station, maybe consider building extra cabinets. The Do-It-Yourself Network (www.diynetwork.com) offers several tutorials for cabinets for a variety of different areas. BobVila.com is another good Web site to check out if you are interested in adding extra storage areas.

But you might not even have to add extra storage. Maybe all Pop needs is someone to help him go through the tools and equipment he has.

By reorganizing the existing space, you may be surprised at how much room is actually there. But be advised – don’t reorganize his tools without asking him first. A man’s workshop is sacred, and you don’t want to desecrate it.

For more last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas, check out Saturday’s Food&Family section. We’ll highlight other top gifts for Dad.

Do you have a home improvement question or suggestion for something that has worked for you? If so, we’d love to hear it. The home improvement tip runs on Wednesdays in the Home&Garden section. Send your questions and comments to [email protected] or call (408) 842-6400 and ask for Nathan Mixter.

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