Pegboard Tool Storage Epiphany #3: Try Square Rack—Giving your squares a secure home.

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Project by Brad posted 08-27-2012 01:32 PM 21878 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve found that L-hooks are the gateway drug to creating pegboard storage accessories for all my tools. Since my first post on this subject), I've built a backsaw till, and the square rack that I’ll highlight here. The original design for a square rack appears in the Woodsmith plans (not my design) Pegboard System.

Four squares walk into a bar…
I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the midst of a project, my squares end up lying all over creation. On my bench, my router table, under sheets of sandpaper…you get the idea. So I decided to give my four hombres a place to hang their hats.

Page 8 of the Woodsmith plans shows a design for a square rack…which I took an instant dislike to.

You see, the squares are “layered”, one in front of another like pokes in the bunkhouse. That setup reminds me far too much of the way my girlfriend stuffs the refrigerator with leftovers. The peeled pomegranate seed container is always, behind something else and pulling it out triggers a “leftover” booby trap, releasing a gaggle of vessels and curses to tumble onto the just-cleaned floor.

Now I know that reaching for a try square isn’t the same thing as drawing your Colt .45 against a drunk cowboy at high noon on some dusty, Western street, but damn it, it should be at least as easy.

So I tweaked the design.

The picture of the Dozuki saw holder (also on page 8 of the Woodsmith plans) next to the try-square pic gave me inspiration. I decided to use slots to hold the squares vertically. But instead of angling them at about 30 degrees, I rotated them to be perpendicular to the front edge.

Four slots were required. I went with a 7 7/8” L x 3 ½” W x ¾” T alder board, with four ¼” thick slots. The width is sufficient to securely seat even my combination square.

The centerlines for the slots were 1” in from the left and right edge respectively, with the remaining two slots spaced 2” apart.

”Reaching for steel”
So how does it feel to draw these beauties? Pretty darn smooth.

When I need a square, I can identify it at a glance and draw it quickly from the rack. No fumbling over other squares…no, gee, where is that engineer’s square? And putting them away is just as easy. I even located the rack directly in front of the area where I do all my layout work.

That would earn approving nods from even the most demanding process engineer.

The only drawback I’ve found so far is that you need to have a bit of clearance above and below the rack to make room for the blades. Three of the four slots in my rack are located below my backsaw till, so I can only place smaller squares there.

Even so, the rack has served its purpose, keeping the gang safely by the hearth rather than riddin’ all over the range.

That brings to mind a song:

Home, home on the range…
Where the squares and antelope play…

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#1 posted 08-27-2012 01:55 PM

Are you drinking again Brad? Nice rack and thanks for the laugh.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 08-27-2012 01:59 PM

I like your motivation. My square draw time is somewhere in the 30-40 sec mark. I’m partial of hiding tools on myself in plane site, just for fun.

When I tire of my tried tested and fustrating methods, ill definitely try what you,ve got here. Thanks.

-- Anthony

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#3 posted 08-27-2012 02:24 PM

Ingenious design! Giving a comfortable home to those tools.

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 03:58 PM

you spoil those squares :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 08-27-2012 04:25 PM

Andy, I may have been hitting the sipping whiskey the night I wrote this :) Plus, living in the former wild west tends to influence a man’s writing from time to time. If that heritage helps bring a smile to your face, all the better.

I know, I know. I haven’t heard the end of it from my planes since I gave the squares a good docking station ;)

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#6 posted 08-27-2012 05:47 PM

Neat solution!

-- DJG

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#7 posted 08-27-2012 07:07 PM

Number 26 on my list of things to do…thanks :O

-- MonkeyMonk

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#8 posted 08-27-2012 08:40 PM

Nice Rack!

How is it attached to the pegboard?

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#9 posted 08-27-2012 10:41 PM

Enlightening, inspiring, and entertaining. And it just so happens I have a stash of L-hooks bought long ago for just such tool holders.

Thanks for such a great writeup.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#10 posted 08-28-2012 12:23 AM

Nice quick draw. What a post. Most funny.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 08-28-2012 01:52 AM

Great set up. I love creating my own tool racks when possible. On of the great possibilities about pegboard.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 08-28-2012 02:36 AM

Hey Pat, Go to page four of these plans to see how the l-hooks are used to affix your rack to a pegboard.

TNWoodchuck, I hope you’re inspired to make some racks of your own. Would love to see what you, or anyone else, has come up with for a brace rack.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#13 posted 08-28-2012 03:45 AM

Hey, the pic of you “drawing” and aiming your square are the same. Me thinks you are a trickster :^)


-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#14 posted 08-28-2012 05:40 AM

This is a great idea. Right now I don’t really have my tools within easy reach, so I might just try this out.

Thanks, Brad

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#15 posted 11-17-2012 10:34 PM

Thank you very much for your posts. They’ve helped me, tremendously, in getting my shop more organized.

-- Brian, Maine,

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