Hand Tool Storage The Wall Option

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  • #8237
    Ken
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    I’m still going to make the tool chest when it comes up, but for my self  I’m really thinking of going the wall storage way. Something on these lines, I think it would work much better for me.

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    #8274
    Charles Cleland
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    Ken, FWIW, I have a french cleat system very similar to what you have pictured.  It works well, but be prepared for dust (and the accompanying rust) if you have a lot of tools. Personally, I am leaning towards making wall mounted tool cabinets that can be closed.  I do use a table saw at times though, and it’s dust collection is particularly lousy.

    Washington State, USA
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    #8275
    Ken
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    Andy…….yeah the dust problem is a good point, I’m ok on the rust problem, as my workshop is a unused room in the house. Ok thinking time again 😉

    #8277
    kelly
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    I’m going to the wall storage route as well.

    Mine will be a modification of the one seen in so many of the popular woodworking pictures.  It’s simple and versatile.

    Seen here…

    http://ebookbrowse.com/sept2007-wm2-pdf-d378958764

    And here…

    Tool Racks-Then & Now

    I’ve attached a picture of my “prototype.”  I just used a couple screws and some clamps to size it up and give it a test run.  I’m in the process of building a permanent one.

    In another attached picture, you can see the french cleat system I’m using for other tools.

    Texas, USA

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    #8282
    juryaan
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    Hey Ken, i have my tools stored in the open right now also ,but as Andy mentioned they collect a lot of dust and i am only using handtools,and because this room is also the place my wife hangs the laundry to dry in winter i always have to wipe some oil on them before i put them away in case of rust.

    If i had to do it all over i would go for a cabinet.

    Here is a small tip,here in Holland they include some very small bags (don’t know the exact English word for it,sorry) in boxes when you buy shoes or handbags etc. ,these have some christals in them wich absorb moisture, my sister in law got me a bag full of them at a shoe shop and i layed them between my tools,it doesn;t look fancy but it works great.

    I have even read somewhere (don’t know where anymore) that if they are filled with moisture you can put them in a microwave oven for a while and that you can use them again.

     

    Lopik - Netherlands

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    #8286
    Ken
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    Thanks juryaan.

    #8287
    Florian
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    Ken, if you don’t move your tools around it’s probably the most practical solution and it’s the most used among all crafts whether you go to a car mechanic or an instrument maker.

    So far I used nails on the wall to hold most of my tools and a piece of wood with mortises to hold my chisels. My wooden planes stay on the bench all the time. I might get a garage of my own soon – at the moment my bench, my tools and I are permanent guests in a friends garage as you know. Now my bench stands along the back wall and if I have pieces longer than 5 ft it’s getting a bit uncomfortable to plane.

    The good thing with the limited space is that I have three walls to hang my tools to and it’s not more than a step in either direction.

    I like the toolchests a lot but I don’t need the ceremony of unpacking the tools and place them in their designated spots in the workshop so I think about something like a wooden suitcase that can be put on the wall folded open like a book.

    I enjoy working wood in Germany.

    #8289
    Ken
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    Hi Florian…………I have give it some thought today, there has been some good points  put forward on this. Ok I’m sticking with the wall plan, the dust is only a small problem for me. I will have access to both sides of my bench, Its not against the wall. My tools will be on the wall behind me, so all I will have to do is turn around and pick it up.

    I will still make Paul’s tool chest though, I’m looking forward to that one.

    Cheers

    Ken 😉

     

     

    #8291
    tobias
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    Juryaan,

    that’s an interesting idea. However these Silica-gel filled bags will only perform well in any sort of box / cabinet. The Silica-gel captures  humidity from the air but if air can circulate the effect of capturing humidity is reduced. If you put those bags in a toolchest that might work great.

    For “recharging” moisture filled bags, I would recommend putting them in an oven at 120C for some hours. This procedure is done for recharging desiccators in chemical/bio labs. I have no idea if microwaving works well, too…

    #8300
    kelly
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    Hey Ken,

    I’d prefer to have my tools on a wall behind me too.  But, I’m in a garage right now and, there is a car behind me.  🙂

    But, someday, when I build my wood(shop) shed in the backyard, that’s what I’ll do.  I’ll put the tools on the wall behind me.  At least most of them.  I’ll probably have tools in various places (on the walls) all around the shop though.

    Texas, USA

    #8303
    Ken
    Participant

    Hi Kelly,

    Sounds like a good plan to me buddy, lets make it happen. 😉

    #8314
    juryaan
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    Thank you for the info Tobias.

    Lopik - Netherlands

    #8348
    Dave
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    If I had a sizeable shop and wall space I would definitley go with wall storage/peg boards. Unfortunatley I don’t and have to make due with my tool cabinet and some sort of chest (yet to be built).

    -Canada

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