Over time every homeowner accumulates tools. Whether those tools are for auto repair or home repair and upkeep they seem to keep coming into the workshop and garage. Most tools are not purchased with a holder and seem to end up floating loose in the tool box drawers or the workbench top. Spending a few minutes to make your own tool holders can result in finding the right tool for the job in much shorter time. Not to mention that organized tool storage makes the shop look like it belongs to a pro.
Screwdrivers become some of the most easily misplaced tools because they're small and they roll. They also quickly fill up a tool box drawer. With a small piece of 2- by 4-inch lumber and a drill you can tame that wild bunch of tools into a neat and organized collection.
Determine the length of the 2-by-4 by counting the number of screwdrivers you'll be organizing. Add to the count if you anticipate buying more of these tools. Multiply your count by two, the distance we'll allow for each screwdriver being 2 inches. Make a pencil mark on the side of the 2-by-4 1 inch from an end. Then make another mark every 2 inches, leaving the last mark 1 inch from the opposite end of the wood. Drill a hole through the two by four at each mark, using a small 1/4-inch drill bit for the smaller drivers and larger bits to accommodate the larger-sized drivers.
Fasten the a piece of 3/4-inch thick wood, the same length as the 2-by-4, to the back edge of the drilled piece. It doesn't matter which edge you call the back edge. Two-inch screws are fine for this purpose.
Attach your new screwdriver holder to the workbench or wall using 2-inch screws, such as drywall screws.
A drawer full of loose sockets is a mess. Finding the correct socket can take several minutes and be frustrating. You can eliminate the problem entirely with a piece of 1/2-inch thick plywood or medium density fiberboard and some wood dowels.
Start by lining up your sockets on the square of plywood. When they are placed in a position that makes them easy to pick up and takes the least amount of room on the square measure how far apart they are. Then remove them and make pencil marks on the plywood to your measurements. Drill a hole at each mark and press a short piece of dowel in each hole. Place the sockets over the dowels to store them. Using a permanent marker to label each spot for the proper sized socket helps keep the sockets organized. Use at least two different diameter dowels, a larger one for big sockets and a smaller one for small sockets.
Other tool holders
The spring-type clips designed to hold a broom by its handle work well for hammer storage. Simply screw a spring clip to the wall or workbench for each hammer you want to store. These clips also work well for shovels and rakes.
Nail strips of 1- by 2-inch lumber together with a small piece of 1/8-inch thick material, such as plywood or heavy cardboard, to form a rack for storing handsaws. Sandwich the strips and spacers together, nailing or screwing as you go until you have a block with enough slots to hold all your handsaws. Nailing a piece of 4-inch wide, 1/2-inch thick plywood to one end of the block will provide you with a means to mount it to the wall or bench.
You can make a similar block for your circular saw blades. Just make the slots in the block shorter than the diameter of the saw blades to keep them from falling through the slots.
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