Intro: A Simple Wall Rack for Electric Tools With Metal From Backyard
I needed organize some of my electric tools that where spread all around make it a huge hassle when I try to do any proyect. I didn't wanna spend a cent, except for consumibles like electrodes for Arc Welder, so all materials where recicled from construction materials that I already have
The pictures are self-explanatory, I'll only put some details about "anchor bolt".* size or some-like-that..
English isn't my mother tongue, therefore may be some grammar mistakes. Anchor bolt is that I called in english those bolts anchors that you use on masonry.
Step 1: Choose Materials
Like I said, I didn't spend a penny (or well, a Bolivar, my currency :-)) except for electrodes for arc welder. The anchor bolts I already have it.
Because I have a lot of scrap material, I could choose that I want use. Finally, I didn't use the splint.* with holes in the picture neither the toggle
.*Is how it's called?
Step 2: Present How to Put Tools Before Any Cut!
Due a limited space on my wall or rather that space that I wanna use, a vertical rack was my choice
Before any cut or welder and with an idea on mind, i put all tools that I want to rack in on splins to see what configuration works better for me. After a while and a break to drink something I realized that tools that I use more are those that I must put on a shorthand way. From there, order them by size.
Once that all is like I want, I mark it, in this case with masking tape that I had on hand and this after try with pencil but doesn't work properly 'cause I barely see the hint. But you can use a sharpie or blacksmith chalk more properly
Step 3: Cut, Cut and Cut, Then Weld
For holders I use hooks that in my country are used to hold ceiling, those I already have a box plenty of them too. Then I grab it with a vice, cut it with an angle grinder with fine cut disc (can use a hacksaw, but grinder is more faster).
I cut the splint to make four crosspieces, then I hole each one to bolt on the wall. I do this before weld 'cause its more easy with a table drill.
Using a inverter welder, attached to 110v, amperage was around 65-70
Step 4: Present, Screw, Level and Screw Again!
I put the whole piece where I want it, then I marked with a pencil. Make the first hole for the anchor bolt with a correct size of masonery drill-bit attached to my biggest drill. After that, I level it and mark the upper hole position.
First down hole, then upper hole. It's more easy in that way!
When I make the first hole, inmediatly put in the anchor gently with a hammer, then unscrew the bolt, put the rack on position, and then, screw the bolt again CAREFULLY, if you push the bolt harder you might lose the end piece of the anchor where bolt screw in and that would be a shame cause you will lost the anchor! screw no to tight.
Move the rack, now bolted on the wall in one point, aside, drill the second (and all the holes that you already marked, I make two only cause was the anchors that I have and I considered that would be enough due size of them, 5/16) put the anchor in, unscrew bolt, put rack on position, screw again with carefull to no lost the end piece of anchor, now, you can tight it!!.
It's done! all the mess with tool's would be finished...
Step 5: ...Upgrades
When the piece was already attached to the wall I could think weld splints aside to locate more accessories like grinder discs, welder mask, special keys for tools etc... Things that wouldn't be too heavy.
So I cut two more splints at 115º angle to avoid large things hit the table below, and weld it!. Holders can be welded later depend of what do you want in it.
I hope that you find this useful as it was for me!