As a handyman, trying to figure out tool storage solutions that are best for you can be very frustrating, especially if you have amassed numerous tools over the year which may now be lying jumbled together or in a clutter in the workshop.
Here, we have a list of simple but clever storage tips that will help organize your shop.
Glue Stiff Foam to Plywood
A great way to store screwdrivers, awls, pencils, router bits and Allen wrenches is to fix a 1.5 inch thick rigid foam to a plywood base. It works as a handy pincushion to store pointy tools.
Once the foam is fixed to the ply, all you need to do is drill holes into the foam as per the tool size. Later, fix the ply over your workbench and put the tools in place.
Use Binder Clips to Hold Blades
Band-saw blades can be a pain to store safely. A great idea is to bunch the coils in a nest and use a binder clip to hand them on the pegboard. Just add labels to each clip mentioning the size.
Make a Drill Bit Rack
This solution involves building a wall mounted or a tabletop drill bit rack that can hold all the bits in order of size.
Then, you will need to layout all the bits with 1/2 inch space between them then cut two 1/2 inch strips of hardwood.
Use these to make the holder, drill and clams then according to the bit size, you can either clamp it on the wall or have it handy on your bench.
Fix a Magnetic Tool Holder
There are numerous magnetic tool holders that are available in the market. Just buy a cheap one and mount it at an easy to reach place to hold all the bits, metal rulers, wrenches and chisels.
Create a Foam-layered Container for Sharp Tools
In this method, you will need to fit 1/2 inch foam in a plastic food container which has a snap on lid and then simply punch holes into the plastic foam using an awl according to the points of the different tools.
This is a great way to keep all your bits safe and in place.
- Use a PVC pipe as a rack
- Use a saw to cut a notch along the length on the pipe, and then make several sections with a miter saw and drill holes behind the notch.
Next, fix these pieces onto a long strip of ply (on the wall), and use these to hang your tools.
Create Corners with Pegboard Holders
Using 8 inch pegboard holders, bend them into the shape of a corner. This can be done by using a hammer and pounding it into right angles. Make two for each corner of the tool you wish to store.
This is great to keep levels, planes and squares in place.
Use a Belt or Tie Rack as a Tool Rack
Organize all your wrenches by fixing a tie or a belt rack to an empty spot on the wall. One that is close to your workbench would be ideal.
Screw on or glue the lid of plastic jars to the bottom on a shelf, then unscrew the container bellow and store. This is great for the storage of nuts, screws, nails and washers.
Trying to find the exact tool when you are looking for it can turn into a hassle of its own, especially if you have all your tools lying in an unorganized heap in the workshop. Therefore, put these tricks to use and organize your tools to get efficient today!