When building a project, I like to keep my plans close at hand, which means dragging them from tool to tool for different operations.

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When building a project, I like to keep my plans close at hand, which means dragging them from tool to tool for different operations. It also means having to hunt them down from time to time when I forgot where I left them.

The "bright idea" lightbulb went on one day when I found a spring-clip-style pants hanger in the closet. Now, I clip my plans to the hanger, and hook the hanger onto a wire hung from the ceiling (or a nail on the wall) near each of my workstations.

This method has two other advantages: My plans never get buried in dust or tools on the workbench, and they hang closer to eye level, making them easier to read.
—Chris Smith, Clackamas, Ore.