Um. I guess I should have posted that we found slatwall in the local
bigboxes this spring when we redid the back porch wall. Or maybe they
were only in some stores.
Really lousy selection of hooks and hangers, though. We had to order
the stuff we really wanted online. Fortunately it's standardized enough
that everything we've tried, works.
Very handy stuff. Weighs a ton, really awkward to work with but looks
good once it's up. We didn't get the slot strengthers, and as near as I
could tell you have to put those in before you put it up, so if you're
thinking you'll want to hang a cabinet or bike on it someday, keep that
Where did you find the hooks and stuff? I've got a couple pieces of the
slatwall, and I've just been using the peg-board hooks in it. Kinda defeats
the purpose, but most places round here don't carry the accessories, and the
ones I saw on-line want to sell hundreds of hooks at a time.
Clint < email@example.com> wrote in message
The ones that we liked best were from Rockler:
Mostly because they just LOOK better. We're going to get some baskets
as soon as we quit arguing about how big they should be :-) but those
we found with some googling on slatwall.
We didn't get the tool rack or that parts bin (which actually doesn't
seem to be in the list) but we got the little message clip thingy and
actually use it once in a while. They're all sturdy and a far cry from
that grey iron crap. Several hooks and a few shelves, and now we can
find all the dogwalking gear every time. Even the little winter booties.
I am president of Wind Mill Slatwall Products located in Sheboygan
Falls, WI. Slatwall panels and some limited accessories are stocked by
every Menards store in midwest. Specialty accessories can be purchased
Maybe it's just me, but the first time I saw that stuff being
installed in a shop (a Hometime episode back in the '90s, I think) my
first thought was that it was a perfect trap for sawdust. I don't need
any more places for sawdust to collect.
Small drill bits, #11 X-Acto knives, and scribing tools would probably
wind up there, too. There's no explaining the places they wind up in
now, so why not?
That's how I look at it. Some of my stuff (all the measurement tools)
is in drawers and yes, that's appropriate. Taps & dies, drills, all in
their places. But, crecent wrenches? Hang those suckers up so I can
see 'em, so I can find 'em (or notice when one has gone missing
Someone here suggested file cabinets. I've bought 3 of 'em now at
rummage sales and auctions. All 3 are different colors, but I just
don't care. One drawer per "subject", so I've got a drawer with tiling
supplies and equipment, another for abrasives, another for "plumbing -
drain", one for "plumbing - source", and so on. Label the drawers,
close 'em up, and I don't have to look at all that same crap on shelves.
I now have 12 drawers where previously I had 5 shelves, so the drawers
are more full than the shelves, and better organized. Seems to be
working, and I'll be watching for more filing cabinets.
I use a crescent wrench maybe 5 times a year. it's an ugly tool that
belongs in a box full of similar.
I don't have enough wall space for that kind of stuff, and I sure
don't want to be having to clean my crescent wrench of sawdust.
Well, I prefer to use real tools, but once in a while they are
appropriate. And the shop in the basement is the metal shop; "my"
woodshop is in my father-in-law's outbuilding.
But, if the walls are just sitting there, might as well put something on
'em... my shop is long and narrow, with the machines down the middle and
on one end (think of a long "T"). Storage to the left/bottom of that T,
workbench to the right/bottom of the T. Works for me, anyway, and the
lathe and mills, at least, pretty much are going to have to stay where
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