Workshop Build #22: Tools on cleats

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 07-08-2010 02:15 AM 6354 reads 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I need to make some tool holders to get my tools a place of there own, where I know they are when I need them. I am going to make them so that they are able to hang on cleats, which I already have in part of my shop.

I found a picture in Woodsmith magazine showing a way to hold tools. There were no plans, but it looked easy enough to make my own without how-to instructions.

I wanted to hold three tools for now, my battery powered drill, my electric drill and my jigsaw. To figure out what size to make the parts, I laid the tools on some plywood to see how much room they took up.

My battery powered Dewalt drill with battery pack:

My electric Dewalt drill:

My Bosch jigsaw:

I decided on a 10” x 10” square of plywood for the base to hold each tool.

For the battery powered drill, I needed two holes in the base, one to hold the drill and one for the plug of the battery pack to hang through:

For the electric drill, just one hole was needed, the cord would sit beside the drill on the base:

For the jigsaw, a small hole for the blade to poke through, the cord would sit beside the jigsaw:

The sides are about 10 1/2” tall and would be angled down in a triangular shape. I used the mitre gauge on my tablesaw to cut two sides from one piece of plywood:

One small corner was cut off to make the side:

The bottom edge of the side was rabbeted to allow the bottom base piece to sit into it. Closeup:

Another view:

The back fit into the sides, by that I mean the base was shorter than the side pieces. This allowed the back to fit between the sides.

Each holder was glued and nailed together, coated with shellac, and had a cleat screwed to the top back:

The finished battery powered drill holder:

The finished electric drill holder:

The finished jigsaw holder (extra blades hang off the cleat’s screw):

The trio:

I will probably move them all from the finishing room to another area of the shop where they are more likely to be used, but I don’t have cleats ready there yet, so they’ll stay here until that time.

... to be continued…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 02:36 AM

Nice work,Julie! You made it look easy. I need to get going and get organized , my shelf system is effective, but crude.

I can’t make a project without taking pictures. That wasn’t the case before I started hanging around here.

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 02:54 AM

well done Jule.

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 03:01 AM

Great idea, looks very neat and organized and it will really make working in your shop more fun.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 03:24 AM

Hi Julie: Very Nice Work & Organization!

I’m in the process of doing the same thing and have just started to build the “Power Tool Holder” as shown below.

I got these plans a year or so ago from, I know not where at this point. Thought I’d send them along if they might be of some use. I’m going to “Favorite” Yours as I think they will come in Handy.

Thanks for Posting


EDIT: I just noticed that you are from “Way Up There”...LOL…and I’m from “Way Down Here”,in Aurora, Ontario.



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#5 posted 07-08-2010 04:08 AM

Nicely done!

-- Mike, VT

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#6 posted 07-08-2010 07:07 AM

Having a handy home for commonly used tools saves a lot of time, good job!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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