window tool rack

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Project by grumpycarp posted 04-29-2008 09:04 PM 2206 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently built a window tool rack that is removable. Thought it might interest those of you who are apartment dwellers or renters. It is completely removable, using 5 pressure pads to provide opposing pressure to hold it in. Other than that it just a basic stool and apron window treatment. I used 1/4 in brass threaded inserts in the jambs and ordinary machine bolts with a slot cut in the threaded end for adjustment and a scrap pad epoxied onto the head.

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#1 posted 04-29-2008 09:18 PM

Grumpy, that is a great idea. Keep the lights on!

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 04-29-2008 09:34 PM

What a unique idea… My garage is my shop but I would still use this. What are your “Pressure Pads”?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 10:12 PM

That is cool as heck!... I was looking at how you were hanging your handsaws, that’s a pretty good idea too. Do you ever have problems with the saws falling if you go pounding on the bench or do they stay put?

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

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#4 posted 04-29-2008 10:56 PM

wow great idea. window space is one space i always though you couldn’t touch and could do nothing with it. great job though coming up with a storage solution for this space that seems to always be wasted. thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 04-29-2008 11:29 PM

Before this goes any further, this is NOT MY IDEA. I saw the window tool rack in the Autumn 2007 issue of Woodworking magazine. I simply pre-assembled mine in one piece and added the adjustable pressure blocks to make it removable since I’m only care taking this property for another year for the homeowners. I hate the pegboard next to it but I’m pretty much stuck with it.

Steve, this not being my place is why I don’t build a saw/plane till proper, (and why I’m stuck with the pegboard) but to answer your question the saws hang very well & have never dropped. The key is to space the “cams” so that they almost but not quite swing all the way past the fixed side. I just made it a 16th. shy. I also used aircraft lock nuts for the pivot so that they could be loose enough to pivot easily and not loosen up and fall out.

Thanks all for the kind words but the rack idea proper I got from Robert Lang. And F.W.I.W., the magazine is great. And no adverts!

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#6 posted 04-30-2008 05:18 AM

That’s an interesting way to save wall space. I may have to do something like it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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