Wera and Williams Screwdriver Holder

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Project by gauntlet21 posted 10-28-2018 05:56 PM 1583 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was tired of always trying to find a flat head hex bit (and all the other shapes that I need) and liked the idea of having some old fashioned screwdrivers. They’re trusty and always have the bit you need ready to go. They’re much larger and more difficult to lose than a hex bit as well. So they needed a place to go and I got to thinking. I made this 3 tiered screwdriver organizer out of a single piece of red oak.

It stores 20 screwdrivers in total and is hung by way of the French cleat. I did encounter a problem while installing the French cleat (as it was my first attempt using it) however. When I attached the finalized project, just a tap on the lowest tier (nearest the camera), and the whole thing popped off the wall. I wasn’t aware of any issues like this happening with the French cleat and because my intent wasn’t to move this organizer around my shop (yet), I simply drilled and screwed the two cleats together and made the organizer a little more permanent.

I’ll have to investigate the physics as to why the cleat failed. I’m going to guess that there’s a fulcrum involved and that, because the cleat is small, there’s a perfect storm of conditions and variables that is causing the cleat to disengage. If you’d like additional dimensions, have questions, or comments, feel free to message me.



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#1 posted 10-28-2018 08:09 PM

Very nice tool holder, Dan.

You are correct on why it torqued over when you pull out a tool. And I’ll bet it happened most often when you pulled a screwdriver out of the lowest/farthest out tier.

Looking at picture #2 (upside down) it shows that the pivot point of the tool rack, i.e. the point where the bottom plane of the tool shelf meets the wall (the outside face of the fixed part of the French cleat) is on the same horizontal plane as the lowest point of the hanging (or upper) part of the French cleat.

What you need to do is to lower the pivot point. You could do this by adding “corbels” to the bottom of the tool shelf. You just have to work around all the screwdriver holes to prevent interference. Or you could add a piece of “1-by” so that it lays flat against the face of the fixed portion of the French cleat. That will lower the pivot point.

I hope I have explained the physics well enough. It’s been too many years since I’ve really had to use my engineering degree! LOL


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 10-29-2018 03:15 AM

Love those Wera drivers, looks to be quite the collection. I saw the post about the cleat. You got some good info there about things to do to fix that loss of anchor problem. With the shelf out as it is a longer flush mounted piece will allow you to stay in the miter, but if it works where it is, sounds like you did a for sure practical fix.

Enjoy it, thanks for posting.

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