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Shop Organization #2: Wall Slat Organizers

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Blog entry by SteveKorz posted 11-08-2008 04:45 PM 8800 reads 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Shop Setup Part 2 of Shop Organization series Part 3: Hanging saw holder »

OK. Let me start by saying that my shop is a disaster. More like a DIE-saster. You walk in and it’s much like a bad natual disaster, or war zone- and it’s actually gotten dangerous. I’ve lived out of those bucket buddies for years, and quite frankly, I just have never quite been able to get organized.

I like to do things with a certain amount of frugality… recycling everything I can and not buying new stuff. If I have it, and can use it, and it works, I’m OK with that. It doesn’t have to look brand new.

So, I came across an old American Woodworker mag (#125 Nov06) not too long ago, that had this idea for a wall slat system. The thing I liked most about this system was that he made his entire shop modular. He had this hanging slat system on workbenches, assembly carts, tool boxes, etc. Everything was able to be put on his assembly carts and organized, and then back on the wall for storage. I liked the idea of having a system with universal hanging capabilities, because that would keep my workbench clutter free from tools and hardware (at least so I think… lol!!).

Anyway, I started putting this up in my shop yesterday. I had everything I needed on my woodrack, so this project didn’t cost me a dime. If I had to buy it all new, it would have been in the ball park of $80 or so. I used some 5/8 ply for the backer, it was a shipping crate at one time. I found a good piece of paneling that was unfinished, so I slapped some tung oil on that to seal it up a little. I was lucky to have some 3/4 pine laying around, so those turned out to be the slats. I just got the system up on the wall yesterday, it’ll be a little bit before I can continue with all the orgainizers for it. I’ll make them as time goes along and more scrap wood is produced.

I made one “quickie” just to show you how it hangs on the wall, then ran out of time.

Wall before

After

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †



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scarpenter002

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#1 posted 11-08-2008 04:56 PM

Oh yes. Very nice. Good start to getting organized. I am sure you will have a ton of fun designing and making storage organizers for your different tools and accessories.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 11-08-2008 05:08 PM

SWEEEEEEEEET, I think this will be pilfered, I mean borrowed many times over. Thanks for posting.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#3 posted 11-08-2008 05:32 PM

I agree with Grant! Maybe because I’m already planning on “borrowing” the idea myself! Great Start!

-- Robbinscabin, www.facebook.com/northcountryrustics

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#4 posted 11-08-2008 06:04 PM

Cunning idea. Must copy thiwhen my new shop is ready.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 11-08-2008 06:19 PM

Looks great!! Please post more as you go along?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 11-08-2008 09:17 PM

Steve, that really LOOKS COOL!! ... and SO Simple!

In looking at your example, it appears that your slats could be a little closer together and still work just fine… or maybe the little Tool Carriers are different in sizes from one to another??

Looks like the Back piece of the Carrier is 1/4” stuff… I guess you then have a 1/4” (+1/32” or so) groove in the upper portion of the slat so the Carrier can fit into it?

Really very NICE!

Thank you for showing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#7 posted 11-08-2008 11:25 PM

Neat idea Steve & very practical. It’s usually the simple ones work best.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 11-09-2008 12:53 AM

Thanks all…

Yes, Joe… all the carriers are different sizes. They range from tool boxes to worktops to little bity simple holders like what you see in the pic. As I build, I’ll post more. The slats are 3” with 5” of space between them. The plans called for a 6” gap, but I shrunk it down to fit more in it.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 11-09-2008 02:56 AM

Way COOL! This makes so much ore sense than a peg board system, as the metal pegs are always falling out and then you never have enough of the long ones to hold multiple items on one peg. Feel free to invite yourself over to make one in my woodshop! Dinner is on me!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 11-09-2008 03:54 AM

I saw that same article and have hung on to it to do the same. I have been trying to get my shop organized too…if I could find the floor, it would be a lot easier!!

-- robbi-Yadahooty!

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#11 posted 11-10-2008 01:54 AM

Hi Steve;

Looks like a great system. Some of the most fun I have in the shop is organizing it. (And don’t tell anyone this, but I actually enjoy cleaning it! Some kind of Zen thing I think).

Great post.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#12 posted 11-10-2008 02:39 AM

What did you use for spacers to keep the wood slats from touching the back board?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 11-10-2008 04:23 AM

I ran the slats thru the tablesaw on their edge with the blade height set at 1 inch. I only shaved off maybe 1/32.

Cutting the relief in the slat

Here it is after it’s cut, the 1/4 ply goes on the part of the slat that isn’t cut.

Relief notch in the slat for easier fits

Then I cut strips of 1/4” plyboard 2 1/2” wide and just tacked them on the back with brads.

1/4 inch strips go to the back of the slats.

Then, I screwed the entire thing on the wall with drywall screws. Taking the 1/32 off the slat really helps being able to put the organizers in and out of the slats (gives it just a little more room).

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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mmh

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#14 posted 11-10-2008 04:54 AM

Very clever!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 11-25-2008 07:12 PM

Great adaptation of an excellent idea Steve, similar to a French cleat but easier to construct. Now the real creativeness comes, designing all the custom holders for those odd ball shaped thingamajigs and whatchamacallits.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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