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
First you need a strong magnet. I am using a 7/8" x 1 7/8" x 3/8" ceramic bar magnet. This is a very common style of magnet. You can purchase it at many hardware stores or at Radio Shack. Other magnets can also work. Just make sure that they are strong enough to support the weight of your tools.
Step 3: Cut Out a Piece of the Sheet Metal for the Frame
Using your tin snips cut out a 1.5" x 3.5" rectangle from your piece of sheet metal. We will use this to make the frame that will hold the magnet.
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
Place your magnet face down on the center of the cut piece of sheet metal. Then using a pencil or a fine tipped marker, trace the outline of the magnet. When you remove the magnet, you should see a clear outline. Using your pencil (or marker) and a ruler extend the lines of each side of the outline so that they go all the way across the sheet metal. This will make a grid of nine rectangles on the surface.
Step 5: Cut Off the Corner Rectangles of the Grid
Using your tin snips, cut off the rectangle in each corner of the grid. This will give you the shape shown below.