Introduction: Custom Wall Tool Holders

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In this instructable you'll see: How I made some holders, over my workbench, on a big piece of melamine, for some of my hand tools.

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I made these two same holders for my T-Handle Torx/Hex keys, Nut Drivers, Rasps and Screwdrivers.

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I placed them down to calculate the space I need to let, between every tool, in order to find the right length of the wood.

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I marked the distances and extended them with a try square.

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Then I started measuring the exterior diameter of every tool and at the total result I added one millimeter (half millimeter perimetrically), in order for them to get in and out more easily.

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I did the same process for the other piece.

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I opened all the holes needed to both pieces very carefully, for the depth of every hole to be up to the middle of the thickness of the wood.

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In this case the thickness of the wood is two centimeters, so I opened holes 1cm deep.

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Now I measured the interior diameter of every tool, adding again half millimeter perimetrically, for the same reason.

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I opened again all the holes needed for every tool but this time each hole went from one side to the other.

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I fliped it over and marked the two abutting external lines of every circle.

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Adjusted the blade to the right height.

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... and I started cutting with precision until the blade touches the 2 lines I drew before.

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Then I sanded all the sides of both pieces very well.

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Because this is softwood and it leaves splinters on the edges, I needed to sand all the points with a soft sandpaper by hand.

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In order the tools to come in and out more easily, I did a little rasping between the gaps.

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After all this sanding, it’s time for painting.

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I let them dry for one day...

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... and then installed them on the big piece of melamine, on the wall.

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Let’s organize this mess!

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For the try squares I measured the thickness of every piece and made these holders.

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For the drill bits I measured the length of the base of every set and made this holder then I put the bases of the drill bits into the holder and placed it on the wall!

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For the holesaws I took a piece of wood some dowels and I opened 45 degree holes, in order to keep the holesaws in place.

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Hex / Allen Keys, T-Handle Hex Keys, Forstners, Woodboring Bits, Countersink Bits, Rotary Rasp Bits, Metal Cutter Drill Bits, Chamfer Milling Cutter Drill Bits, Deburring Bits & Router Bits

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virena2 (author)2017-09-03

Perfect ! Wish I was the only person using this workshop

pgs070947 (author)2017-09-01

Some folk talk about the work/life balance. My problem is the work/find tool balance. Why is it that getting tools out for a job is so much easier than putting them back in the right place? I can't decide if your project is a work of art or the art of work. I think the only time I could ever get as neat and tidy as you, is when I stop working and that ain't any time soon.

What helps is a dedicated workshop, but if most of the jobs are away from the tool "house", that where the problems start, especially if a van is involved.

Good tools are a good investment and need proper care and storage.

Then I wouldn't spend half the day looking for that special offset Pozi #2 screwdriver.

mwitherspoon (author)pgs0709472017-09-01

Preach it brother! I'm convinced my garage has an inter dimensional portal in it. I can set a tool down, reach for it a minute later and its GONE!

I have discovered there is only two ways to get tools back from the other side.

One is to leave the shop for several hours up to several days sometimes.

The second is to go buy a new tool.

Either way, upon your return the missing tool will be right back where you left it.

pgs070947 (author)mwitherspoon2017-09-01

It ain't just tools - money, credit cards, glasses, keys.
it's like one of these horror stories why all the toys come to life at night or when the house is empty.
How many duplicate small tools do I have because I went out and bought another one.
I'm sure one of the problems is that if you've spent the day doing a job, the last thing between you and putting your feet up is putting the damned tools away.
I've tried everything - yes my garage/tool repository has all the Raaco stuff, all the custom shelves and cut-outs, even all in a tool-location database. Lasts about 5-minutes. The nightmare of doing a kitchen say - every trade tool going. Sometimes I allocate buckets - I've even put yellow tape on the floor "this is the tool area". The air is blue quite often.

mrcurlywhirly (author)2017-08-31

This is excellent work, and great attention to detail. You're more than welcome to spend a day in my workshop organizing my tools.

BTW - We OCD sufferers cope as best we can, life becomes much more complicated.

Myrian1 (author)2016-11-09

I tried this, but I don't have a drill press. The spade bit I used was brand new, but still splintered my test piece! Ideas?

Momable (author)Myrian12016-12-29

Look for a "maker space" in your area. They should have the tools you need and you may be able to sign up for a one month membership to get your work done. Or, ask a neighbor.

Myrian1 (author)Momable2016-12-29

I had to search what a "maker space" is. Seems awesome but none came up in my area. I also searched "hobby shop" and came up empty. Love the idea, any others please?

kewlkiwi (author)Myrian12017-08-31

Perhaps a search for 'Men's Shed' ?

PogCarr (author)Myrian12017-08-31

In general, spade bits are for rough work only. Things you don't care if they splinter. Use Forstner bits for high quality work. Again, drill press improves results greatly.

Yonatan24 (author)Myrian12017-01-11

How fast did you use it/RPM? Was it sharp?

Myrian1 (author)Yonatan242017-01-24

The RPM of an 18v cordless. The drill wasn't sharp (hehe) and the bit was fresh out of the package. I thought I'd pressed too hard but even easing off made splinter wreckage.

Yonatan24 (author)Myrian12017-01-28

Try to use a corded drill on almost MAX speed. See picture #4 of step 6, this is how my hole turned out, but a forstner bit would have drilled it even cleaner:

billbillt (author)Myrian12016-12-29

Use a "Forstner" bit instead.. Turn part over just as point of bit breaks thru.. finish drilling from back..

Myrian1 (author)billbillt2016-12-29

That's a wicked looking beast! Looks fun...I'll let ya know if I use them :) Thanks

Mike_Torello (author)Myrian12016-12-29

spade bits tend to be dull right from the shop...

ThummarwitshW (author)2017-08-31

Nice job. I would like to do the same when I have my own space.

DonG36 (author)2016-12-29

great job but what do you do if you buy a couple more tools lol?

RayP42 (author)DonG362017-08-31

One option is to limit each board to a certain type of tool. I.e. one board for nut drivers, a different board for screwdrivers. Sets of tools like that generally don't change (at least in my experience). As groups of tools increase they may need to be reorganized to create space but the issue of getting a new tool is at least minimized.

I love the concept and will be doing something very similar for my shop. Thanks for the great ible!

Elias Stratakos (author)DonG362017-01-12

I'm happy that you liked it! Thanks a lot!

I have left space for more tools, there! or if needed, I'm gonna add
some extra boards to the left and to the right and there we go!

All the Best!

mhubian (author)2017-08-31

Beautiful. Not easily expandable though. Too custom for me.

Ralphxyz (author)mhubian2017-08-31

Really a pretty shop. But what happens when you add another screwdriver or file or ...

I am just now setting up my shop and thinking about organization of hand tools and power tools. I have gotten some great ideas off Family Handy Man.

staff1 (author)2017-08-31

Great work and great video.

RickM53 (author)2017-08-31

I see the labels are great, are they custom of did you purchase a set of decals?

vitorj2 (author)2017-08-31

can't agree more....... only 5 minutes!!!!

namlehseb (author)2017-08-31

Not one of the most technically advanced projects, but what a great job of making organization look so nice. Congratulations onf a fine job.

frarugi87 (author)2017-08-31

Maybe it is a stupid question (I'm not much into wood-working) but... Why did you do the big holes first and then the small ones? Wasn't it easier to first drill the center holes and then use them to center the big ones? Or the big bit you used already left a center starting hole?

CristianS82 (author)2017-08-31

Muito bem amigo. Excelente trabalho.

maewert (author)2017-08-31

I've seen pictures of beautiful work spaces like this one.

Don't think I ever owned one... at least for more than a few minutes.

Nice work!

Small-Hope (author)2016-12-29

Oh. My. God. My OCD is LOVING this.

Lol !!

mmaiden54 (author)2016-12-31

I think somebody is a bit O.C.D. ? Does getting a new tool mess you up? Pegboard works for me but I appreciate the neatness, to a point. ??

You're right! "I maybe have a problem in my head” Lol!

I have left space for more tools, there! or if needed, I'm gonna add some extra boards to the left and to the right and there we go!

Cheers! Take care!

Yonatan24 (author)mmaiden542017-01-11

Why does that bother you?

billgeo (author)2016-12-30

Very nice adn simple build!!! I must make one too someday! :-)

I also have bought all the same tools from LIDL,

the are very very good for the price!

Elias Stratakos (author)billgeo2017-01-12

Thanks a lot! Yeah, Try it! I’m sure you will do just fine!

(Always keep in mind that woodworking is a dangerous activity that demands various safety precautions to be taken)._

Take care!

yvestaisne (author)2016-12-29

Yet subscribed, Really nice work.I love the way you care every detail. Please go on doing this videos.

Thank you very much! I’m glad you saw that and liked it!

Best wishes!

ElChick (author)2016-09-08

Wow.....just, wow. I can't say anymore than that. This was great.

Elias Stratakos (author)ElChick2017-01-12

Thanks a lot! I greatly appreciate your warm words of encouragement!

I'm happy that you liked my work!
Best Regards._

joejoe instru (author)2016-12-30

I use a piece of large flat floral foam then embed the tool or whatever mount & cut the foam to a wood 2x 4 (shim & glue the bottom of 2x4 with those store bought cheap wood shims to make the 2x4 tilt back slightly cut shim... screw 2x4 to wall or pegboard done

diythis (author)2016-08-13

Very neat! Also in terms of documenting the steps one of the prime examples on Instructables. Thank you!

Elias Stratakos (author)diythis2016-08-30

Thanks for your kind words, mate! I really appreciate it!

All the Best!

Phil432 (author)2016-08-13

Great Job on the tool bench wall holder. I may have to modify this project for my electronics work bench and add in a little more lighting.

Elias Stratakos (author)Phil4322016-08-30

Thanks a lot! Try it! I’m sure you will do just fine!

(Always keep in mind that woodworking is a dangerous activity that demands various safety precautions to be taken)._

Take care!

mikecz (author)2016-08-13

Nice, as far as it goes. How about pliers (& cutters/strippers that look kind of like pliers) and hammers?

Elias Stratakos made it! (author)mikecz2016-08-30

Thanks! This is a part of my holders & tools. I’m going to make later more videos for the rest, like: Pliers, Crimpers, Wrenches, Hand Saws, Side Cutters, Wire Strippers, Cable Slitters, Mallets, Hammers and a lot more…! Stay tuned!

Best wishes!

nameisbryan (author)2016-08-13

I appreciate that this took so much exact work and care. There are a lot of "quickly organize your..." instructibles; it was a plesant surprise to see the calipers come out, for the video to sync to the audio, the fx printed labels on each tool group in the video.

I'm setting up maker spaces for two schools and want to show this video as a remonder that sometimes when you want to get it done, you measure 7 times, cut once, and put in the time and care. Thank you for putting in the time to make this instructible.

I greatly appreciate your warm words of encouragement! Thanks a lot!

The editing took me a lot and I’m happy that you saw that and liked it!

It’s true that the most of the time of a project (as you said and it’s really important), is spent on the measurements and the right calculations. Especially when you have only one shot, you have to be very sure and careful because there is no return!

Thanks a lot again! All the best! Take care!

cjameson (author)2016-08-13

how did you fix all the holders to the melamine? can they be repositioned or replaced if you buy more tools?

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