I was working on a tight budget and organization in my shop was in dire need. So I spent less than $10 specifically towards a project to organize my shop. The goal was to make something to organize my shop very cheaply, to make something that could be made and changed easily, and to reduce some of trash. In the end, the project filled all of my goals very satisfactorily.
*THIS PROJECT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO COST NOTHING*
I spent less than $10 specifically towards this project. Almost everything was scavenged, recycled, or reused. But everything doesn't have to be scavenged; most of it can be bought at a standard hardware store or even a supermarket.
Step 1: Gather the Materials
Implements of the tool wall:
- Mice/rat traps. We had a mouse problem a while back, but after it went away these traps went unused and stayed in the basement. These will be used to hold notes and receipts.
- A garden hose. One hose was just gathering mold and dust in the garage, so I decided to make something new with it. This was a pretty key part in the project; it will hold all the thin tools on the wall, such as screwdrivers.
- A large funnel. This was actually part of the little bit of expenses that I had on this project. Something about the old multi-chemical-splattered funnel in the garage did not appeal to use to me. This will make a nifty dispenser for twine.
- Clothespins. One of my projects a while back involved clothespins and the extra went unused for a while. I used a few to hold odd tools like files, but they could also potentially work similar to mice traps.
- Aluminum Cans. We recycle many cans every week in the normal recycling pick up, but I decided to see if I could do something more useful with them. They will hold the larger and heavier tools, such as hammers.
- Plastic sauce containers/small take-out containers. Every time we order take-out food such as Indian, we receive several of these small plastic containers filled with different sauces. Rarely do we use these sauces, and the containers always end up in the recycling bin. Well, I used the containers to organize small parts and pieces.
- A large sheet of plywood. When I was experimenting with ideas for this project, I came across a sheet of plywood being thrown out at the hardware store. Well to them the plywood was worth using, but for me it was perfect. The plywood will hold all of the implements of the tool wall.
- A bit of two-by-four. I had some spare wood around the shop and decided it to use it as a shelf on the wall for the sauce containers.
- Some screen-door eyes. Usually these are used on screen doors or some other basic door; it is the metal hook and loop that locks the door. What you are going to do use is the loops. I had some lying around in the shop, but you can easily buy them at a hardware store. These are needed in suspending the wall.
- Some fairly long nails and screws. I again had some extra parts of the project lying around the shop, this time it is some nails and screws. For both the nails and screws the particular size doesn't matter, but the nails should be pretty thin. The screws will hold everything on the wall in place, nuts are particularly needed. The nails will be used in suspending the wall.
- Duct Tape. Duct Tape will protect your fingers from being cut by the cut aluminum can, by covering all cut edges.
- Scotch Tape. I used this to assist markings in drilling in the shelf.
- Strong Glue. Can be helpful with immobilizing the clothespin.
- Some strong string. You will need this to suspend your tool wall.
- A power drill. Many factors of the wall will involve drilling, this tool is especially needed.
- A hammer. Will be used to hammer in the nails to suspend the wall.
- Various screwdrivers and wrenches. Depending on the screws you will be using (for me a used a few different ones) you will need to somehow screw them in.
- C-clamps. C-clamps will help with drilling but are not needed.
- Some garden scissors or other strong scissors. You will need this to cut the hose.
- An Exacto Knife. Any will do. Will be used to cut the aluminum cans.
- Sharpies. Many things will need marking and some of these could be helpful.
- A ruler. Some things will involve measuring, so a ruler is helpful.
- Sandpaper. This will be used to flatten out clothespins to help the drilling.
- An awl. An awl will be used to help start the drilling through the clothespins.