No matter how close my tool racks are to my bench, the tools in use always seem to end up cluttering the work surface. To solve the problem, I now use shallow trays for temporary tool storage, which can be removed quickly to clear the bench. The trays also help keep tools side by side and easy to pick up or move to different areas in the shop. And they expedite returning tools to their rack when you’re finished. I always keep one with me by the lathe to hold calipers, templates, etc.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada