Bench Tools Organizer

Introduction: Bench Tools Organizer

one of the most annoying thing in my workshop is the tools that i can't find ,even if its in front of me .I am not really an organized man but when in it comes to screwdrivers and pliers it drives me nuts to search them on my workbench ,so i decided to make this small tools organizer

Step 1: Design

The goals list:

  1. Easy and simple to build
  2. Small and compact as possible
  3. Holds the tools that i use more often
  4. Build it cheap
  • After some paper drawing i ended up with this design ,which i think is the best
  • The dimensions depends on what you got, you don't need to stick with the exact dimensions

  • If the longest screwdriver you have touch the ground and you don't have a wider wood palette you can go with the other design with a longer

  • The only thing a got in mind is wood ,and where can i get it? o yeah pallets!

Step 2: Equipment and Material

Equipment :

  1. Hand driller or a drill press
  2. Wood cutting hand saw
  3. Wood file
  4. Hummer
  5. Ruler
  6. Some sandpaper
  7. Some wood glue
  8. Screwdriver
  9. 4 mm drill bit for pilot holes
  10. 8 mm drill bit
  11. 10 mm drill bit
  12. 10 mm mill

Material :

  1. Pallet
  2. 4 wood screws
  3. 2 nails
  4. varnish

Step 3: Sawing

  • start by the cut number 1 then in order 2,3,....., you can alter the cutting steps but this is the easiest way i think .
  • for the last 2 pieces you may need to make them from thicker wood if your screwdrivers touches the ground

Step 4: First Drilling and Sanding

Top piece

  1. Make a center line on the top piece then line up all the socket set on it ,make some space between them and with a pen mark the center of each one.
  2. Start drilling halfway pilot holes with the 2 mm drill bit then go with bigger diameter that matches your socket set , i hadn't a drill bit for the bigger holes so i drilled them with the bigger one i have then i enlarged them with a 10 mm mill.

Bottom 2 pieces

  1. Make a center line on the bottom of the 2 legs then mark the vertical piece width
  2. Drill pilot holes with the 2 mm drill bit then make counter-bore with the 4 mm drill bit
  3. With the wood file chamfer the edges to give them a nice look


  1. For the pliers to hang stable, i make a chamfer with the wood file in the vertical piece ,make sure to let a retaining end so the pliers don't fall
  2. Sand down all the pieces especially the jointing surfaces

Step 5: Assembly

  1. put some glue on the top piece and fix it on vertical piece with 2 screws
  2. put glue on the bottom of the vertical piece then fix the legs with screws
  3. Let the glue cure

Step 6: Final Drilling

the number and the diameter of the holes depends on your screwdriver set

  1. Mark the location of your screw driver, the longer ones in the rear and the shorter in the front
  2. with the 2 mm drill bit drill pilot holes then drill all the with 4 mm drill bit
  3. Now drill with the 8 mm drill bit holes for the other big screwdrivers

  • If your flat head screwdrivers have a head that is bigger than the shaft ,you will need to enlarge its holes, and this will make your screwdrivers lean in an angle ,so what i deed is adding 2 nails to help them stay in a vertical position
  • As you can see in the picture i made holes for screwdriver's heads ,i don't use them but i put them there to use that space

Step 7: Paint

I like the pallet texture that's why i used varnish .just 2 coats to protect it from getting dirty

Step 8: Final Look With Tools in Place

As you can see in the pictures every everything came together nicely, this one of my good looking projects

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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago

    When we stay neat and organized, our preparation works before starting on a project become easier and a lot of time and effort can be saved. Hence, to have a tools organizer is indeed necessary to better facilitate our prep work for a day at the shed.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I just stubmbled across this this is a great idea!


    6 years ago

    good idea..have been looking for a design for holding my carving knives and chisels...this will work just fine...thanks

    Mick Bevan
    Mick Bevan

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work....always helps to keep control of your tools.