Tool rack: keeping the wife happy

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Project by JaimeFoxWood posted 02-12-2017 12:26 PM 1528 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s been pestering me about the clutter of tools in the attic for ages, and as you can see in the images, she does have a point…

So I made this toolrack from cheap pine planks to store my chisels and saws in. It’s a first in many projects that are intened to get the tools off the ground and into a proper storage.

After dimensioning all the wood I started of with shaping the side rails. Never made a curved arch shape in wood before and it posed a challenge. Wood by Wright’s youtube video really helped my out there. I need to get myself a round bottom spokeshave though, my flat bottom one got stuck traversing the curve.

I then made two stopped dado’s in the top for the side. They fit like a glove, but did need some screws for extra strenght.

Next step, adding the back. This was done by cutting out some simple bridal(?) joints. This part of the process could’ve done with some “measure twice, cut once”. Ended up with like two mm wiggle room in the joints. Not my best moment. Luckily, most pressure will by downwards, so it should still be solid once it’s up against the wall.

Added the pegboard after that and made another mistake. My drill bit was the exact same size as the beech dowels I wanted to use. So the pegs fit very losely… Ended up buying pegs one size bigger, then chamfering them all around and hammering them in place.

Then made two french cleats. Tried to rip them in 45 degrees, that didn’t work out. So I ended up ripping another board in two and then planed them to 45 degrees each.

After that all that I had to do was fasten the cleats to the wall and rack and I was good to go!

  • In the future I might add a botton shelf for extra storage.

Next I intend make a clamp rack and some simple shelves or dresser chest type arrangement.

As a new woodworker interested in handtools I learned a lot of things making it. It’s far from perfect with more than enough tearout, dents and dings, not so quite square joinery and some unintended use of screws to keep it together. Having said that, I’m still very proud of it. Everything except drilling the holes in the concrete wall was done by hand.

Still needs a coating of BLO but couldn’t wait to post it.

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#1 posted 02-12-2017 12:45 PM

Looks great. You are very talented and smart, cleaning up those tools for your wife.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 02-12-2017 09:49 PM

Nice work. No big deal everything is not perfect. You learned alot along the way and that is what is important. Oh and another project crossed of the proverbial list. Not bad!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 12:23 AM

Good start at shop organization. Lots of ideas out there and choosing one to fit your needs is not easy. Nice hand work and good joinery. Keep it up. ” Its the archer, not the bow ” if you click on members home pages you can see there workshops if they posted them for ideas also.

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