Introduction: Making a Tool Wall

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The goal with this tool wall was to organize all my hand tools and create a really nice looking system creating clever solutions for each group of tools. Also, make sure to check out the video of the whole process.

Step 1: Creating the Wall

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I started with taking down all the tools, as well as the board which they were all hanging on. Then I put up rows of pine, which I whitewashed to get a light backdrop that still had some cool depth. Then I was all ready to begin.

Step 2: Plane Shelves

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To store my hand planes I wanted a simple solution where I could easily move the planes around and add to it over time. I began by cutting up some nice white oak for a shelf, creating brackets and a lip. I secured the brackets, first with glue and a pin nailer, and then with some screws.

To create a tiered system, I made some thicker blocks of wood which I glued in the back. That way some of my larger planes were able to sit higher than the ones in the front.

Step 3: Squares Holder

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To store my engineering squares, as well as a smaller tri-square and combination square we cut out grooves on the table saw and then removed some material with a chisel out of a nice block of wood. That way each square fit in perfectly and had its own spot.

To ensure the squares sat in well, I added some small neodimion magnets which I epoxied in, and that made the whole unit very nice and stable.

Step 4: Mallet / Hammer Holder

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To hold the mallets and the hammers I used a similar technique where we marked out the tools in a block of wood, and then chiseled out the space within each indention. That way each hammer or mallet could slip in and stay in place.

Step 5: Saw Holder

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This holder was a little tricky, I went through a couple of different ideas and configurations. I wanted to be able to hold the larger tenon saw behind the smaller crosscut, rip and dovetails saws.

The concept I eventually settled on is pretty simple: I used a back piece of wood, and then I positioned out a few dowels at different positions. I drilled holes in the wood so the dowels fit snuggly and then was able to hang the saws in place, and make sure they were kept stable with an additional dowel.

Step 6: Chisel Holder

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For the chisel holder, I first began with a nice piece of wood. I cut out grooves in the wood using a table saw so that a piece of wood, the holder of the chisels could slip into it and attach. I drilled holes in the smaller wood piece and cut the holes out with a bandsaw.

Step 7: Leather Part

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To ensure the chisel ends were protected, so you could't accidentally brush upon them, I wanted to add a cover.

I began with cutting up and dyeing some veg tanned leather. The idea is to create a folded pocket, that sits at the base of the chisel holder. I placed all the chisels in the wooden holder and measured out where the leather should sit.

Then I used some contact cement, glued the leather in place and used some upholstery tacks to secure the pocket together,

Step 8: Assembling

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At this point I glued and stapled in the chisel holder in the groove, and lightly tapped it in place to make sure was nice and snug. Then I drilled holes in the holder and secured it to the wall.

Step 9: Conclusion - Watch the Video

For a much better perspective of the process and the final result of all the tool holders on the wall, make sure to check out the video!

Comments

BossyRangs made it! (author)2017-08-24

Thanks for the inspiration! I made my own version of it. Still need to figure out how to use the space on top. It can't be for heavy or breakable items, so maybe I'll use it for lightweight aluminum clamps.

QuixoteMD (author)2017-08-07

wow ...Wow ... WOW !!! I learned a long LONG time ago I needed a woman to help me organize a kitchen. Do you have any IDEA how many places I've looked and researched to find out how to ORGANIZE and lay out my tools on a peg board?? Well this is the best of all my searches ... and adds the decorating touch of a tool proficient woman to boot !!! Thanks it's ...SUPERLATIVE !!!

Daeras (author)2017-08-06

Tool walls are awesome, one of the best ways to know where your tooks are and i am definitely going to use some of your ideas to extend the capacity of mine. The big problem i experience with tool walls is that my tools expand and before i know it the wall is too full.

JohnG138 (author)2017-08-06

I really like the way the leather worked out in your chisel holders. Did you use an ordinary aniline dye? Would a conventional oil-based wood stain work?

KeithG32 (author)2017-08-06

Beautifully done! Good to have things neat and orderly and close-to-hand.

Ace Gambit (author)2017-08-06

Whoa! I'm jealous of your workspace... nice job!

seamster (author)2017-08-05

Lots of great ideas, and all very well executed. Nicely done!

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