Have you noticed in restoration TV shows and even YouTube videos that every tool in workshops appears to have their own special place? There are a number of different types of tool organisers from wall hanging to toolbox inserts. Tool display cabinets are also considered a tool organiser.
Do it yourself Tool Organiser in 4 easy steps
One of the simplest types of tool organisers is a wall tool holder. These are usually made from ply or pegboard and require very little time to make and prep. The tools you will require to complete this DIY are:
- Tape Measure
- A Level (Spirit Level)
- Screw Driver
- Electric Drill (or a Hand Drill)
- 2B Pencil
- Thick Guage Screws
The steps to build are as follows:
- 1) Fix Frame To Wall
For this use two 2 x 4’s that are around the same length as your ply or pegboard. Fix one near the top and the other near the bottom of the diameter of your ply or pegboard. A good rule of thumb is to work out where you want your board then measure approximately 150mm down from the very top of the board and 150mm up from the bottom of the board. That will be where the edges of your frame should sit.
- 2) Install Struts To Frame
You can use either two to four 2 x 4’s depending on preference and structural needs. Ideally, the length of your struts will be determined by the spacing of your top and bottom frames. Your struts should overhang your frames top and bottom by approximately 100mm. (You should start to see a # type effect)
- 3) Mount Board to Struts
After the frame and struts are all fixed to each other and onto the wall, it is time to now mount the ply or pegboard to the struts. Assuming that all of our measurements are correct, you should be able to now mount your board to the front of the struts with 50mm clearance on the top and the bottom from the end of the struts. This should now give you a nice clean finish.
- 4) Marking Out Tool Positions (Optional)
If you have made it this far then good on you. You are almost done. For this step, it is as simple as holding one of your tools against the ply or pegboard and tracing around it with a texter or marker. If using a pegboard it is recommended to do this near a hole in the pegboard so when it comes to mounting it you already have a hole to put your screw in to hold your tool in place.
Benefits of a Tool Wall
There is a range of reasons why having your tools organised on a wall holder can be beneficial.
- Clean work bench – Having a clean workbench can increase the speed in which you can complete your projects.
- Easy access from your workbench – There’s nothing worse than having to walk across the room to get a needed tool. Having them all in front of you is much more proficient
- Displaying your tools – If you collect tools but have no way of showing them off then a Tool Wall can do just that.
- Old faithful – Having all of your tools in front of you whilst working means you will never use the second best tool again. Keep your most favourite and commonly used tools on your tool wall for super ease of use.
- Multiple tool walls – Who says you can only have one. You can create multiple Tool Walls in your shed, garage or workshop for different tool types.
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