Tool Organization System

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Project by hutchmp posted 11-26-2016 11:12 PM 4177 views 32 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed the final tool holder in my new organization system. It’s like a French cleat system, but easier to build. It consist of the racking system you mount to the wall, 3” ¾ ply with a 2” ¼ ply backer to create a 1” slot in the back (top). I spaced each one 6” apart (total of 4 rails). Each tool holder is the reverse with 2” ¾ ply and 3” ¼ ply backer that slides down into the slot. It took a while to make a holder for everything and thought I would share some of the ideas I came up with. I really like to have my tools visible, easy to grab, and the ability to move the tool holders around. It makes it easier for me to use the “right tool for the right job” rather than using what I can find.

Thanks for looking.


-- Hutch

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#1 posted 11-27-2016 12:23 AM

Awesome! I know how you feel. Sometimes I just wish I could see everything at once instead of going through my tool boxes wondering where that one tool is to get the job done just so. Great job.

-- -Andrew, California, "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth" 2 Timothy 2:20

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#2 posted 11-27-2016 01:36 AM

Nicely done and we’ll organized. I can’t wait to start mine.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 03:41 AM

Nice work, great you can adapt and move things around if needed.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 11-27-2016 05:38 AM

wow, that is one well organized shop! Nicely done!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 11-27-2016 07:16 AM

That is sweet. I recently built a tool wall and it is so nice having spot for things where you can see them.


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#6 posted 11-27-2016 08:55 AM

Beautiful and very well organized. I know there isn’t grater pleasure than to enter clean work space and start getting inspiration for woodworking.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 11-27-2016 02:25 PM

Can you show a close up on how it connects to wall and then how each piece “clips” on. I want to make one and I just want to make sure you I am doing it correctly. thanks.

Ron Goldberg in Virginia

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#8 posted 11-27-2016 02:32 PM

Wow! Dave you have a great shop. You have put a lot of skill and thought into the organization of your shop and have put a lot of work into carrying your plan into completion.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 11-27-2016 04:24 PM

It looks lovely and organized.
I always feel happy when I see people repect their work and tools like this.
Why do you think it’s more easy than French cleat, as I see it, it takes much more work to make it?
(The French is one one cut on the table saw for both the holder and the cleat).
Lovely shop.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 11-27-2016 04:39 PM

Nice job man

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 11-27-2016 05:44 PM

Great organization and set up. Matter of preference, but I agree with Mads unless I’m missing something. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#12 posted 11-27-2016 05:47 PM

what a great shop space its so nice to have everything organized and at your finger the same thought as mads though french cleat is about as easy as it gets,show more how yours works.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#13 posted 11-27-2016 08:15 PM

As with all things there are the very good, the very bad, and many in the middle as just OK.
Yours is one of the best while mine is probably one of the bad.
That is a definitely beautiful shop setup!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 11-28-2016 02:55 AM

That’s a great organized shop and beautifully done. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#15 posted 11-28-2016 06:08 AM

Thanks for all the great comments.

Ron….I have a few photos below that may clear it up for you.

French Cleat…..No issues with the French cleat. With this method, I can use plywood scraps so it’s cheap and since my garage walls are fairly wavy, I can conform it better to them. It’s not an original idea, I saw it in a magazine somewhere and thought it was neat.

That project was the last one for a 10 month workshop build. I will be posting several other items and an overall shop walkthrough video…..stay tuned.


-- Hutch

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