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Picture of Custom Pegboard Tool Hangers
I began to rearrange my tools on the pegboard above my workbench so that it holds the tools I use most frequently rather than whatever I had room to place there.  In the photo is my hammer.  Notice how straight the handle hangs.  It was not always that way.  I had to do some customizing.  I may do more of that in the future because every time I go shopping for a pegboard hanger, the available stock has changed.

Step 1: What was available

Picture of What was available
hammer hangers commerce.jpg
One of the photos below shows how crooked my hammer hung before.  The other shows the commercially available hooks I had been using. 
 
rimar20004 years ago
Phil, you make me feel ashamed. I should do something like you, because I have the usual tools stored in a plastic box and the others in a drawer of an old closet in the garage. Every time I go to work, I lose more time displaying and storing the tools than doing the work. Good idea, these "customized" hooks!


Phil B (author)  rimar20004 years ago
Osvaldo,

I always thought pegboard and hangers were too extravagant. I have sometimes used a piece of plywood and some nails in place of hangers. Once I had some commercial hangers, but drilled a few custom holes in some plywood about 3/16 inch thick. That meant deciding where each tool would go and never changing its location, unless I drilled new holes. Only in recent years did my wife insist I have a metal workbench. It came with pegboard and some hangers.

The good thing about customizing one's own hanger hooks is that you can make them fit a special tool or jig you have that is not easy to hang with the normally available hangers. And, as I said, I recently went to a store looking for a special hanger, but they had only one or two styles. None of them were what I needed. So, I decided to begin modifying standard hangers.

I am still planning what I will hang from my pegboard. I want to limit myself to those tools that I use frequently. Others can go in a box or a drawer.

Thank you for your comment.
tim_n Phil B3 years ago
Why on earth did your wife inist you have a metal workbench?
Phil B (author)  tim_n3 years ago
I apologize that I did not see your comment until now. My wife browses the advertisement circulars in the Sunday paper. If she sees something that she thinks is "better" she tells me I ought get one. In previous houses where we have lived there was usually a wooden workbench attached to the wall. In the house where we live now, there was no workbench. I talked about building one from wood, but she saw a metal workbench in an advertising circular first.