|Project by Dan||posted 05-26-2011 06:46 PM||6510 views||8 times favorited||23 comments|
I have spent hundreds of hours on this project and only one weekend of it was spent making the shelves and took racks.
A little over a year ago I took a big interest in restoring and using vintage hand tools. I have a blog series on here that is dedicated to my restoration work so if anyone is interested you can read all about my work there.
Almost all of the tools that I restore are used in my shop especially my hand planes. Before building this wall storage system I didn’t have a dedicated storage area for my planes and other restored hand tools. I just kind of had them spread out around my shop where ever I could fit them. As my collection grew I decided I wanted to build a dedicated wall storage that would not only display them well but also make it easy for me to access them while I was working at my bench. My only problem was I didn’t have enough free wall space in my shop so I had to clean a wall off first.
Here is a picture of my shop wall before
This wall of my shop had previously been used to store my hardware, some small power tools and a lot of odds and end stuff. I tore down everything on this wall in order to build my new shelves and storage. I painted the plywood wall with a few coats of semi gloss white paint before adding the new storage. I kept the same design idea with the two shelves and hanging storage in the middle. This time rather then peg board I used cleats cut with 45 degree miters and screwed to the wall.
The shelves are made from wood I had extra of which happened to be Basswood. I made the shelves with dovetail joints and finished with Bulls Eye Shellac. Dovetails were cut with router and Leigh jig. I guess they should have been hand cut since its a hand tool display shelf but I am not there yet.. oh well.
My workbench sits against the wall under the tools and I am able to reach all of the tools while standing at my bench which was the most important thing for me.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"