Wall Storage... #1: I am getting to the point in the shop where I need to start thinking about hand tool storage...

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Blog entry by Drew1House posted 04-08-2007 08:47 PM 1633 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my shop I have built storage shelves for the top corners so as to handle the requisite house storage that necessitated or I should say allowed me to build the shop (Wife’s permission and all) and am just getting to the point where I need to start thinking about either building a fold out tool cabinet or putting some store wall or pegboard on the wall over the bench to hold frequently used hand tools and I could use some input. The workbench will be on large casters and is 36 inches wide but I am pretty tall and have long arms so I think Ill be able to reach… I do have a large mechanics tool box adjascent to the bench and will have a lower shelf for power tools… This needs to be able to hold chisels, planes, screwdrivers, sandpaper cubby, etc…

Thanks in advance…


P.S. I am pretty visual… if you have pics you can post to your workshop blogs and direct me there that would be awesome…

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#1 posted 04-08-2007 09:15 PM


These are very simple.

In fact the one on the left is a leftover pullout drawer from my parent’s kitchen remodel. If you can find some stock drawers, all you have to do is drill holes and you can use pegboard tool holders. In general though pegboard holders are not my favorite because they fall out when you take the tools off. The Matthew Teague book on workshops shows a simple solution, which is the box on the right. I just used some scraps and biscuited the box. I ran a groove for the plywood. Then you just drill angled holes for 1/4” dowel. Or you can make you own chisel holders by drillpressing a few holes.

You can see it a little better here. Then you can customize to your tools. I bought some piano hinges so I can put a front set of doors, but then when I open them it will block the window. So I have not built em.

I hope this helps.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 04-08-2007 09:29 PM

Drew: My shop has 16’ ceilings so I built a lumber storage rack at one end’ it’s 12’ X 12’ by 10’ deep. I put solid plywood end on it to stabilize it and I then put a workbench on that wall and built 8’ tall shelves”
I stand on the workbench to get to almost the top otherwise its a ladder or a stool on the bench. I put like bicycle hooks at the ceilings and hang whatever I can on them. Air hoses, bandsaw blades, rope, extension cords. Floor space is a premium so I keep trying to go up and figure that I’ll find a way to get the stuff down when I need it.

I did take an extension pole that has threads on the end where you can screw a paint roller on and I drilled a hole in the end of a 12” piece of 2 X 4. I filled it with Bondo put saran wrap on the end of the pole and pushed it into the bondo. It then gave me threads in the block. I put a screw hook into it and use it to lift items up to my hooks at the ceiling.

Good luck on your design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 04-11-2007 09:07 PM

Thanks for the tips… I like the tool cabinet with the option of closing the doors so the shop looks put up and clean… I also think that when you can increase your tool storage area with the interior of the doors that is a plus. However I have a monitor there that I have to be careful I dont open the door into in a way that blocks it off so I can tell I need more thought to go into it. Karson… I love the vertical storage ideas. However my ceilings are not that big. If you look at my pictures under my shop on here you will see that I built some nice top corner storage shelves for bins but that is it so far.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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