Custom Wall Tool Holders

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Introduction: Custom Wall Tool Holders

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.

Step 1:

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

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

I did the same process for the other piece.

Step 6:

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.

Step 7:

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

Step 8:

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

Step 9:

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

Step 10:

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

Step 11:

Adjusted the blade to the right height.

Step 12:

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

Step 13:

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

Step 14:

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

Step 15:

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

Step 16:

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

Step 17:

I let them dry for one day...

Step 18:

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

Step 19:

Let’s organize this mess!

Step 20:

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

Step 21:

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!

Step 22:

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.

Step 23:

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

Step 24:

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Perfect ! Wish I was the only person using this workshop

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

Perhaps a search for 'Men's Shed' ?

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.