In most workshops space is limited. So you need to find a way to utilize every bit of space that you can. One area that is often overlooked is the space underneath shelves and cabinets. But this can be a great place to store small tools. All you need is a magnetic strip that is mounted to the bottom of the shelf or cabinet.

In this project, I am going to show you how to make simple magnetic plates that you can use to mount small hand tools.

Step 1: Materials

Bar Magnet
Thin Steel Sheet Metal
Small Wood Screws

Tin Snips
Needle Nose Pliers
Drill and Bit Set
Screw Driver
Hammer and Nails (optional)
I used a similar strategy with the magnes for a project I will upload soon, Thanks!
<p>What is the INCH?? Haven't you ever heard about the Metric system?? It's much, much easier for 99% of the world.</p>
Another option is to just glue the magnet to the underside of a shelf with some hot glue. <br>....c'mon... everybody's got a hot glue gun.
If you can get some junk hard drives, they have some serious magnets in them. There's instructions all over the web to recover these. <br>As they say... Cheap is good... free is better.
An alternative is to buy the same magnet- except with countersunk holes. Then you can just screw the magnets to the shelf or wall and be done. Be sure and get the high strength magnets- some are weaker than others. I got mine at grip-tite.com <br>They have industrial surplus ones for sale. <br>They cost $ 7.50 / 10 pc. If you want to double the strength, just stack two high. <br>My wall above the workbench is full of them. <br>
Good info, thanks. Question: can magnets be 'recharged' in any way? Have an old store-bought magnetic tool holder/bar, it's not as strong as it was (but who is ?) Would appreciate comments. Thank you.
It depends on the kind of magnet that you have. In any case, it would be much easier to just buy a new magnet. Sorry.
great photos
How about a sandwich? Sheet metal plate screwed to the bottom of the shelf, then magnet/nets and another sheet metal plate. All in all both models would work in a same way, yours model looks better but with neodymium magnets mine would look awesome. anyways this stuff is for function.
The holding power could be MASSIVELY increased if you engineered the sheet metal to provide an air gap bridged by the tool, instead of just coating the magnet with the metal. If I get a chance, I'll post an example.
That's really interesting MomentumV, any details would be great
cool I love magnets
awesome idea!
Very clever and simple. Nice!

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