Tool Wall

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Project by Mike Lingenfelter posted 07-29-2008 03:05 AM 6404 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the week before July 4th my company shuts down, so I had a good part of the week in the shop. I decided I needed to organize my shop. I have been acquiring more and more hand tools lately and really didn’t have a way to store them. I’ve been keep them in their boxes or just stacked on my bench. I finally got tired of moving them around when I was working something.

I thought about making a cool tool cabinet with doors that had more storage when opened. I just couldn’t decide on a design. I also wasn’t sure what other tools I was going to be buying. I had plenty of wall space, so I just went “flat”. Once I get closer to acquiring “most” of my tools, I may look at a tool cabinet. Do ask me when that might be!

I put up a sheet of 3/4” plywood on the wall and started to make brackets and shelves for the tools I had. For the planes I just went with horizontal shelves. They were easy to make, and they lets me reorganize my planes as needed. I traced the inside of the handles of my saws, and made cutouts that just fit inside. All of the brackets and shelves are attached with screws. That way I can take them down and move things around as needed.

It is so nice to have a place for everything. It makes going into the shop all that much better.

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#1 posted 07-29-2008 03:40 AM

I think the tool wall was a perfect solution for me to be able to gawk at your crispy tools. What kind of egg beater drill is that?

A wall after my own heart, Mike!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#2 posted 07-29-2008 03:44 AM


I had some crudely built doors on my tool cabinet until one fell off (I said crudely built!). So I just took the other door off. Reorganized a bit and I haven’t missed them. I enjoy turning around at my bench and grabbing what I need without opening the doors. Doors make the shop look neater, of course, and add a bit of tool hanging space. But unless you can prop the doors open to where they’re not blocking anything else, and/or drift closed, after you’ve grabbed the tool out of the door . . . the flat approach may actually be better. I went and bought materials to rebuild the doors well, but I’m not in any great rush to get them done anymore.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#3 posted 07-29-2008 03:45 AM

Nice Job… Is that a L&N shoulder plane on that wall? How do you like it?

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

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#4 posted 07-29-2008 04:09 AM

Man I wish I was half as organized as you. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 07-29-2008 04:11 AM

Tex – That is a Millers Falls No. 2, I purchased from Wiktor Kuc.

Paul – Weight on the doors also had me worried a little. If I had gone that route I going to try and keep the heavy stuff off of the doors. I guess everything adds up though.

Chris – Yes that is a LN Large Shoulder plane. I love it, it works great. It came in real handy during the class I just took.

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#6 posted 07-29-2008 04:16 AM

Nice! I can see the top of your bench now! Good strategies used throughout.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 07-29-2008 06:22 AM

You have given a very good answer to many wood workers who face the problem of storing their ever increasing number of tools, at the same time keeping them handy. Your beautiful collection of tools looks so nice when properly stored. Hope everybody gets that much of wall space. Thanks for sharing.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 07-29-2008 06:45 AM

Great looking wall. Beats the heck out of pegboard.

-- I never started a project I couldn't screw up.

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#9 posted 07-29-2008 07:07 AM

Nice Job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#10 posted 07-29-2008 05:36 PM

Very functional. In my mind, convenience is very important in the shop. There is nothing more frustrating when you are short on time and you can’t find what you need. Nice layout. I like getting ideas from others.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#11 posted 07-29-2008 06:00 PM

In retail we used to call (and they probably still do) a large display a power wall. Even though there are no power tools here it is definately a Power Wall!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#12 posted 07-30-2008 01:48 AM

I’m sure you’re going to appreciate that wall more and more each day. It’s nice knowing where your tools are (as long as you put them back!).


-- Alberta, Canada

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#13 posted 07-30-2008 03:59 AM

My walls are envious of your walls.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 07-30-2008 04:00 AM

Woodhacker said it all!

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#15 posted 07-30-2008 03:18 PM

What’s that address again?


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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