Here I am again staring at the small mountain of hand tools on a shelf
in my shop, wondering what the
best solution would be for wall-mounting them. I bought the magnetic
thing but the magnets are too weak.
Most other systems require a configuration for each type of tool. In
trying to picture the "ultimate" system,
I see either a linear arrangement of pouches or a big rectangle of
them, with the pouches themselves
being similar to what you'd find in the five gallon bucket systems,
made of heavy clear plastic so the
tools can be seen. Haven't found anything on the internet yet.
I have a couple of the magnetic tool holders. http://
They're rated for 20#/in - plenty strong enough to hold even larger
heavier tools. I could hang my Stanley #7 from them, but I don't.
I don't like the idea of plastic to hold tools. Plastic is famous for
trapping moisture. Rust will not be far behind.
If you must a transparent cover, perhaps some form of acrylic sheet with
LOTS of vent holes to make sure no moisture gets trapped.
I don't like the idea of plastic either - in addition to potential
moisture issues, I can picture it tearing quite easily, especially if
used with any pointy or sharp or heavy tools. If you do go with
plastic, I'd use a fabric or mesh backing for the pockets, and see if
you can figure out some way of reinforcing the attachment points and
bottoms of pockets. Who knows - it could work well - let us know. If
you want an inexpensive, temporary solution of this type to try, you
could look for one of the "grandma's closet door shoe-pocket hangers",
something like this: http://www.dormbuys.com/index.php ?
We use one of these organizers for little household stuff like shoe
polish, flashlight batteries, sunscreen, and other stuff that's not
used often but is nice to keep accessible.
As far as shop storage, my frequently-changing hand tool storage
system currently consists of the following:
Pegboard hooks for pliers, wrenches, squares, drill, earmuffs,
Pegboard hoops for screwdrivers
Magnetic strip for chisels
Home-made magnetic strip with rare earth magnets in a strip of poplar
for hand saws (this way the teeth aren't touching metal)
Small shelves for hand planes (the nicer ones are kept in "plane
Various other shelves, toolbox drawers, hooks, and screws in the
ceiling hold a variety of other tools.
Hope this helps,
Why not just use pegboard and hooks? You can get some stuff that's
plenty strong to hold your hammers (heaviest hand tool I can think of at
the moment that I'd hang), as well as being completely reconfigurable on
Want a screwdriver holder? You can make a simple one that fits into the
pegboard and either attaches to the hooks or is held on by bolts.
Wise is the man who attempts to answer his question before asking it.
To email me directly, send a message to puckdropper (at) fastmail.fm
I'm slowly changing all of my shop storage from open shelves and
pegboard, to rollaways, drawers, and cabinets.
Open storage simply collects to much dust, overspray, etc... All
shelving and cubbies will now get doors, and tools will go in drawers or
Yard sale dressers are cheaply available and awesome for shop storage.
What kind of hand tools are you talking about?
Storage needs of gardening tools, lawn and auto
maintenance and maybe some DIY plumbing and
electrical stuff are far different than say wood
working "bench tools" - chisels, mallets, hand saws,
layout tools etc..
For woodworking tools, a hanging wall cabinet and
a drawer unit built under the woodworking bench
can do wonders for the way you work - less time
hunting tools down, more time spent using them
and easy to put back in their home when not in
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.