|Project by doug_w||posted 12-10-2011 04:35 PM||8404 views||38 times favorited||22 comments|
Like a lot of wood workers I started with pegboard and hangers to organize my hand tools. I had a 4 shelf metal stand for drill bits, glue, and other items which couldn’t be hung, with cubicals under benches for portable power tools like routers, sanders, circular saws, etc. Over time I moved the tools I used the most to a portion of my shop wall where I had a sheet of plywood hung with dowels and various more substantial hangers drilled or screwed into the plywood. One day my son asked me to figure out a way to hang a really heavy mirror in his new home that was mounted with a railroad tie frame surround that weighed over 300 lbs. I mounted a cleat made of a strip of 2 1/4” oak flooring with a 45 degree angle ripped along one edge to studs on the wall. A similar cleat was attached to either side of the mirror near the top with a piece of flooring along the back bottom of the mirror so that it would hang vertical. We hung the mirror, which looked great inside his front door, and the idea for my shop wall was born.
Since I had a lot of old oak flooring stashed under my basement stairs, I made cleats by ripping a 45 degree angle along one edge. The strips were screwed to the plywood walls in parallel lines spaced apart by the cleat width plus a half inch. This gives enough space for the hanging cleat to fit between strips before dropping down to secure the hanger. Once these are in place, all manner of hangers can be made using scraps from previous projects along with short cleats to secure them. Simple ones can be made just using the cleats and dowels:
A little more substantial hanger, as for the hammer, can be made by attaching the cleat to a small piece of plywood with the dowels attached to the plywood. Here is one to hold a variety of clamps:
You can make shelves to hold a variety of items like drill bits, chisels & mallets, or glue supplies:
Including very substantial shelves like the one I built to hold a 35 lb vacuum pump motor for my vacuum veneering bags:
And portable power tools like routers and circular saws:
Here is a fun one to organize my dowels:
What I really love is the fact that in seconds these hangers, especially the shelves can be moved around on the wall depending on what you need for the current project, and then moved to a less accessible place when not being used. It was so handy I converted three more 4×8’ sections of wall to this ultimate wall storage system. Movable shelves that are more substantial than a metal shelf stand … Wow!
-- Doug, Georgia