A Simple Wall Rack for Electric Tools With Metal From Backyard




About: Self-taught and adaptative, solution to everything is on your toolbox! :D

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!



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    9 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Nice! It looks extremely useful for all of your power tools! :)


    3 years ago

    hi, great, thanks for share. Muy buen organizador


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, your tool idea looks fantastic! Many thanks for posting it. :)


    3 years ago on Introduction

    felicitaciones amigo, acabo de votar por ti. espero el preimio se vaya a venezuela


    3 years ago on Introduction

    nice job, for some of us clumsy people, I would but the heavy circular saw on the bottom


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Nice and very space efficient system. If one is like me not a metalworker, I think it should be possible to replicate it using a piece of wood fixed to the wall with long bolts sticking out from it to support the tools.

    Hi, I think "the splint.* with holes in the picture" is called an anchor fastener..


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I have most of my power tools in case boxes here. Circular saws, and one of my jig saws are under my woodworking bench. They are all in their case boxes. Then my corded drills are in a couple boxes under my middle rolling bench. Finally I leave my angle grinders on my wall workbench, over where I use them.

    That is how I organize my tools. I put them basically where I use them, or close to it. Sometimes that means I need to make a special trip to get a particular tool for some project I am working on. But generally it works out OK for me.

    My present workshop is too small to do anything that makes any more sense.