Picture of HomeMade Modern DIY Screwdriver Coat Rack
This post is the first part of my tool scavenger experiment. I budgeted $150 and bought a bunch of different tools – mostly from Craigslist and eBay. I then sorted through and separated my newly purchased collection into two neat sets of hand tools. After I was done, I sold the remaining, miscellaneous tools and was able to recoup $142 of my original investment.

Many people these days are using cordless drills and drivers, or hand screwdrivers that have replaceable heads. While these are great in their own respect, sometimes a traditional driver is all you need.

Let’s say you're in the middle of a project and are in need of a screwdriver. Sure, you could stop what you're doing, go pull out your toolbox and scrounge around until you find one; but wouldn’t it be more convenient to always have one right where you can see it?

This made me think,"Why can’t tools be displayed out in the open around the apartment?"

This project encapsulates a few of my favorite concepts. First off, it includes screwdrivers that are reclaimed and refurbished – so there's no waste involved. It also incorporates a disparate assortment of orphaned objects into a single, unified design. All of the pieces are useful and they are arranged in a design that prevents them from being hidden. That ultimately saves you a ton of frustration. Not to mention, this set can also do double duty and serve as a coat rack, which makes it incredibly versatile.

This project acts as the first part of my exploration into what an urban toolbox should look like. Tools can improve your life but are often designed and marketed to suburbanites who have extra storage space in large garages and spare rooms. It’s time to figure out what the most essential and compact tools are so that urban DIY projects are feasible in even the most cramped of spaces.
jgarton2 years ago
Looks awesome! But you might have to calculate the right height to hang it so small children don't have brain tissue sample taken!

Youch! Good point.

dr_peru6 months ago

Nice use for old tools :)

Here´s another coat rack you might like:

shazni2 years ago
I love the style of most of your work. Thanks... Keep them coming in :-)
Groaker2 years ago
I made a couple of these for my lathe tools. They work great. But because the lathe tools are much heavier, I glued and screwed a 90 degree backing to the tool holder, and screwed the backing into studs in the wall. Very convenient, and the last thing I want to do is drop a carefully sharpened edge on the floor.
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
i loveeeeeeeeeeeee you workk
HollyMann2 years ago
So artistic looking - love it!