Hand Tool Display Wall

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Blog entry by Jeff100 posted 03-16-2020 01:36 AM 1622 reads 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So is it just me or when I hear the words “self quarantine”, I also hear “Perfect time for a big shop project!!”

I am in deperate need of a new tool wall. The last one was just a pallet hung up on the wall with screws and nails hanging what all i could fit. Well, as the collection of hand tools grows, the wall needed to get bigger and better organized.

And so it begins,

Here’s roughly what needs to get hung up, all in specially designated holders

Started by hanging a 40” x 80” sheet of OSB from the joists over my workbench.
Gave it a coat of black paint, this helps for the next step.

I took a bunch of 2×4s and ripped 1/2” strips of all different lengths. these would be pin nailed to the osb and be the nice looking backer for the display wall. The black paint on the osb helps with any cracks gaps in the 2×4 strips, makes it look just like a shadow. Well at least I think it does.

Filled the nail holes and sanded smooth. Then used a danish oil for a finish, mostly because its what I had and liked the way it looks.

From the old tool wall I used the pallet wood ripped down as a border trim.

Next up and sure to be a long and tedious process is all the specific tool holder. I want all of them to be made just for that tool, not just the generic holes in wood for chisels and screwdrivers. I’m using cherry and maple for some contrast. Its gunna take awhile but once its done it’ll be something to be proud of.

Update Time,

Got some more odds and ends into holders and onto the wall. Im trying to layout the wall with planes being in the center, saws/drills/chisels/rasps on the right, and layout/mallets/screwdrivers/etc on the left. Well see how well that goes, i thought this toll board would be plenty of room for everything but the real estate is slowly shrinking and its becoming a game of tetris to get everything up.

Heres some pictures:

Still to go:

Brace and bits (haven’t figured out best way to minimize the space they take up yet)
hand crank drill
Spoke shaves (2)
card scrapers (I’m thinking of magnets might help keep them in place)
Draw knife
files/rasps (need to make some (5) handles first)
some more layout tools (mortise gauge, calipers)
dovetail saw
push chisel, pairing chisel, and 2” slick

I wanted to get the 2 coffin style wood planes and the molding planes up there somehow but I don’t think its gunna happen with the remaining space.

Got some more done, its finally filling up and space is getting limited now.

Almost all there. Still need the draw-knife, coping saw, card scrapers, a few calipers, and to make the handles for the files/rasps

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#1 posted 03-16-2020 01:49 AM

Good looking wall. And no ur not the only one. If they make me stay home I’ve got all kinds of plans

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 03-16-2020 03:37 PM

Very nicely done.

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#3 posted 03-16-2020 03:38 PM

I like your display Would like to do the same but can’t figure out how to start. Great work!

-- Ray,Iowa

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 03-16-2020 04:26 PM

Stellar job on building the wall display…. When you have an assortment of tools to hang, space becomes limited.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 03-16-2020 04:48 PM

Too bad you’re giving up collecting tools once that beautiful display wall is full …

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#6 posted 03-17-2020 03:36 AM

Looks great. Nice job and nice collection of tools.

-- Darrel

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#7 posted 03-17-2020 11:51 AM

Very nice, whish I had more wall space.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 03-29-2020 08:11 AM

Too bad you re giving up collecting tools once that beautiful display wall is full …

- Madmark2

says who?? haha I got more walls in the shop

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