Introduction: Rack for Pliers, Sidecutters, Etc. Close to Hand

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I always had trouble with pliers, sidecutters, etc. in the workshop as there is no easy way to rack them.  I tend to leave them lying around and then can't find them or they clutter up the bench.

This simple rack provides the solution and the tools are the right way up.  You can fix it to the workshop wall or make it portable.  Because it is so easy to put to put the tools back, you tend to do that, and that's my philosophy in the workshop.

Make sure it is angled slightly backwards so the tools stay put.  Mark around the tools with a pencil or pen on a scrap piece of 10mm plywood.  Allow space for your fingers to grab the tool.  Cut it out with a jigsaw, bandsaw, scroll-saw, or even by hand.  Stick a piece of thin ply or hardboard on the back and trim to size.

I notice the pliers weren't seated properly in the photo!  Sorry.

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lostwhits (author)2014-04-13

I have similar removable inserts in my Toolbox drawers. Another helpful addition is to drill and glue a small rare earth magnet in the backboard where the pliers pivot. Less chance of the tools falling out.

Graham Lane (author)lostwhits2014-04-13

That's a good idea. I have loads of magnets taken from my slot cars (we don't race with magnets) so that would be simples.
I did use one acting on a csk screw to keep a door closed, like an invisible catch, on a ride-on fire engine. It worked like a dream.

Graham Lane (author)2014-04-04

Cut in from each side with a bandsaw then trim out all the recesses. When you glue the back on you can even close up the cuts from the sides.

PKM (author)2014-04-04

My makerspace has a big problem with people not putting tools back where they belong, especially things like pliers. I'm definitely making at least one of these!

rimar2000 (author)2014-04-03

Good idea.

craftclarity (author)2014-04-03

I'd love to see how you made this! Any chance of a step-by-step?

pfred2 (author)craftclarity2014-04-03

If I was to make one of these I'd place tools on wood, trace them out, then cut the wood using a scroll saw. Then glue the cut outs to some hardboard. I wouldn't make one of these because it is very inefficient tool storage. It does look nice though. Get a toolbox with drawers in it. That is how the pros do it.

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