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Around The Shop.. #5: Organizing the new shop.. Hanging Tools up Finally!

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 06-09-2021 06:24 AM 556 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a busy couple of days here in the shop. I am trying to get all my tools in a spot of their own so I can then go through them and get them cleaned up (again). Over the past 5 years of being stored in a drafty barn they have all acquired a nice coating of surface rust that needs dealing with but before I can do that I need to be able to see them and have a spot to put them away afterwards. That has been my focus so far this week and I am nearly done with finding homes for all my handplanes.

First though I decided it was time to actually hand this old Navy shop box from back in my Navy days. I plan to use it as a paint locker since it is heavy gauge metal and having all my paints and other chemicals in a metal box feels safer than putting them anywhere else. Let me tell you….. this was not an easy task lol. The empty box weighs well over 50lbs but did come predrilled with mounting holes on the back. Used a piece of ply to bridge the 24” on center gap between studs on the back wall and propped it up on a rickety bathroom shelf fixture I have knocking about that put it at the right height and after a few puckering moments had it hung. Hopefully I won’t have to move that thing again!

Then it was onto the handplanes. I have this huge pegboard wall that was already in the space when I bought it. I know a lot of folks have a love hate relationship with pegboard but it’s here, it’s massive so I am using it. At least until I finish my tool cabinet (a project that has spanned nearly a decade at this point).

One of the items I cleared out of this space was an old queen sized box spring that I took apart to salvage as much wood from it as I could. One of the long top side pieces was just perfect for a simple hanging plane till. Just needed some staples cleaned up and a few nails and it was ready for some holes and leather cord.

That took care of most of the bench and block planes plus my 2 router planes. That left an assortment of odd ones that don’t hang well from my new till. These will require their own specialty shelves and hangers.

First up was a “cleat” for my 45. I just adjust the fence to the stretcher across the top and it sits up there just perfectly. I also made a simple shelf for my 78 underneath it.

Next up were the blades and accessories for the 45. I have a little over 2 complete blade sets but one of them has been living in a small cardboard box for years. It was time to change that and make them a proper box. For this I used some drawer bottom material and just built out the box and then cut off the lid. Worked a charm. I will eventually build a new box for the 2 old boxes that are falling apart.

Then I built up a simple box shelf for them to live in and placed that below the 45 and 78. Everything is all together now in one spot!

I also made a simple shelf for my edging plane. 2 finish nails hold it on through the fence holes on the 90 degree leg.

Then today was all about spokeshaves and scrapers. Plus a scratch plane. I decided to make this out of a couple oak drawer sides from a new defunct dresser. Made a shelf on the bottom to hold all the scratch blades on.

And this is where I am at tonight as I type this. Starting to fill in nicely!

I have 1 more plane to make a shelf for which is my radius plane and then it will be onto my Chisels. I am actually having a lot of fun building all the tool holders to use on the pegboard wall. It has given me some ideas on how to handle the fitting out of my tool cabinet which is at that stage now.

That however is for another day. Stay tuned!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"



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#1 posted 06-09-2021 07:03 AM

I really like the holder for the spoke shaves and scrapers. Just the other day I had all of mine out wondering how in the hell to organize them. I think you just answered that for me.

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#2 posted 06-09-2021 03:26 PM

Looking good! I know lots of fellas poo-poo on pegboard but it’s used in a few places in my shop. Can’t beat the simplicity and effectiveness at that price.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 06-09-2021 03:53 PM

Feel free to steal the idea Sansoo. I lifted it myself from somewhere though I couldn’t say where exactly. I just remembered seeing something similar somewhere and ran wirh the idea.


Looking good! I know lots of fellas poo-poo on pegboard but it s used in a few places in my shop. Can t beat the simplicity and effectiveness at that price.

- HokieKen

I have to agree with you there. The modular nature and endless possible configurations are handy with it. It just doesn’t look as wood wrights shop like as french cleats lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#4 posted 06-09-2021 05:06 PM

When I have double the space I have now and triple the time, I’ll worry more about how it looks ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 06-09-2021 05:48 PM

When you’re done with yours, would you come and organize my shop?
Looking great Eric.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#6 posted 06-09-2021 06:36 PM

For those lucky enough to be near Menards they have fancy wood grain pegboard

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#7 posted 06-09-2021 06:39 PM

Ooooooo… Now that is fancy. Too bad I am on the wrong coast for a Menards

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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