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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.
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Step 1: What was available

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One of the photos below shows how crooked my hammer hung before.  The other shows the commercially available hooks I had been using. 

Step 2: Raw material

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In addition to pegboard hangers, I used some heavy wire about 1/8" in diameter.  Friends built a garage and these are some of the wire stubs left over from reinforcement wire sticking out of the concrete foundation.  Some were straight, but many have a gentle spiral twist that I remove by pounding with a hammer on a flat metal surface.  In some later steps I will show some 3/16" and 1/4" steel rod I also used.

Step 3: Customizing the hammer hanger

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Instead of two hangers next to one another, I bent one of the wire stubs from the previous step and welded it to the tip of one of the commercial hangers.  If you look closely, you can see that the right side of the "U" shaped piece is lower (nearer to the camera) than the left side.  This is what allows the hammer to hang with the handle straight and vertical as in the Introduction photo.

In the second photo below you can see how the "U" shaped piece aligns with the contours of the hammer.  I used this process to determine how much angle to use on the piece I bent in the setup for welding it to the commercial hanger. 

In the third photo below I placed my customized hanger into the vise to adjust the angle on the customized hanger so the hammer's handle hangs straight up and down.
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

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.