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
Thin Steel Sheet Metal
Small Wood Screws
Needle Nose Pliers
Drill and Bit Set
Hammer and Nails (optional)
Step 2: Select a Magnet
Step 3: Cut Out a Piece of the Sheet Metal for the Frame
You can purchase steel sheet metal at most hardware stores. Alternatively, you can just cut up scrap metal that you have lying around.
Step 4: Mark the Outline of Your Magnet on the Sheet Metal
Step 5: Cut Off the Corner Rectangles of the Grid
Step 6: Use the Magnet to Fold Up the Sides
Step 7: Bend Down the Two End Tabs
Step 8: Drill or Punch the Screw Holes
If you choose to drill holes, keep in mind that the drill bit can easily get caught on the sheet metal. This can cause it to quickly spin the sheet metal around and cut you (or at least bend up your nicely folded metal.)
Step 9: Secure the Magnet and Bracket to the Underside of a Shelf or Cabinet
Step 10: Use the Magnetic Bracket to Hang Small Hand Tools
Step 11: Make Larger Magnetic Brackets
To make larger brackets, the procedure is basically the same. You just need to use a larger piece of sheet metal. For ever additional magnet add one inch to the width of the metal. This will allow the magnets to be spaced out a little. So for two magnets the initial sheet metal should be 2.5" x 3.5". For three magnets, the initial sheet metal should be 3.5" x 3.5" and so on.
It can be difficult to fold up the sides if they are too long. If this is the case, it may help to cut the sides into sections of two or three magnet widths. The shorter sections should be much easier to fold.
The magnets can support more weight if they are all in the same orientation. But this makes it difficult to secure them in place because they want to repel each other. So be careful to keep the magnets aligned when inserting them.
Step 12: Other Instructables Featuring Magnetic Tool Holders