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Shop Organization #3: Hanging saw holder

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Blog entry by SteveKorz posted 11-09-2008 09:15 AM 5321 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been working on this wall slat system for a couple days. I only had a couple hours to mess with it today. One of the things that I made was a cam action hanging saw holder. I got tired of storing my saws flat against the wall on a nail. It’s inconvenient if you store more than one per nail, then you end up with saws on the bench that you aren’t using (getting dull every time something bumps into them).

I made this hanger to solve that problem in my shop. I know, it’s not pretty, but I made it out of scrap material that I had. The hanger works fantastic. You can use it for anything with a flat blade, like saws or squares.

The entire holder is 16” long. It’s made up of short pieces of 2×4 stock- 2” wide. They are cut 90 degrees on one side, and 11 1/2 degrees on the other. If I made another one, I think I would use 15 degrees. Inside the unit are little cams that keep the saw from sliding out.

At first, I was worried that the cams wouldn’t hold the saws and the first time I went to beating on the bench, one of them would fall to it’s demise on the concrete floor. However, I beat and beat on the wall after I put them up, only to find out that the vibrations seat the saws more securely.

The rubber cams are made from 5/8 outside diameter fuel line hose (because that’s what I had laying around). The inside diameter is 3/8. I cut them 1 3/8” long. I cut the heads off some 3/8 diameter bolts and inserted them into the hose to give it a little weight and rigidity.

When you want to store the saw, you put it in from the bottom of the saw hanger first, then when the rubber cam rolls over the blade, you just tug down a bit and the saw is stuck. When you want it out again, you just push up about 1/4 inch and pull it out.

Here’s a pic before I enclosed it.

I had just enough time left to knock out a couple more simple tool holders for the wall.

Then, I had to call it a day!

—Steve

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



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Toolz

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#1 posted 11-09-2008 03:09 PM

Thanks Steve, that is a great idea.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 11-09-2008 03:18 PM

Neat application.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 11-09-2008 03:55 PM

good idea

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-09-2008 04:47 PM

Great idea.

-- Scott in Texas

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#5 posted 11-09-2008 06:44 PM

That is a pretty smart idea there. I like it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#6 posted 11-09-2008 08:32 PM

Thanks all… For the life of me, I can’t remember where I saw this. It was in a woodworking mag somewhere. The original idea from the guy that thought it up was to use rubber balls instead of the “fuel hose cams” that I did. But, I wanted to make this and didn’t want to run into town and buy round rubber balls…. lol.

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

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#7 posted 11-09-2008 10:49 PM

great Idea. It is these simple things that make a our shop ours. Thanks for the tip.

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#8 posted 11-09-2008 11:07 PM

Great idea Steve!

A shop can never be too organized.

Lee

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#9 posted 11-10-2008 12:11 AM

Great idea!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#10 posted 11-10-2008 01:02 AM

Very neat & cost effective Steve.

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

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