Hook-n-slat system for my emerging shop

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Project by Kenyon94 posted 04-07-2014 06:07 PM 4717 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let the shop organization begin!

Now that I have a table saw I’m eager to dive into more serious projects, but first I needed to get my emerging shop organized. I turned to the excellent plans and video from Jack Holmen highlighted in American Woodworker. It gave me the opportunity to try new things like dado cuts for lightly shaving down the backs of the wall cleats to more smoothy accept the attachments. Super-fun project, and incredibly rewarding to see my work up on the wall. Now I grin every time I effortlessly reach for a tool :-)

A few notes about the project…

My shop is still pretty small, so most of my initial projects were just getting the basics together – a workbench, a good push block, a sacrificial fence and a cool jig for holding it onto the table’s fence, an adjustable face for the miter bar, a great adjustable fence for my drill press, etc. You can see many of these in the second picture. I even built a little stand for my new Powermatic air filtration system so it can stand on top of my fridge (I’m done with trying to find reliable studs in my ceiling!).

After the 220v power was dropped down the wall, I had a bit of a challenge – how to deal with the electrical panel and the pipes. I used the sliding pegboard to hide the panel, and I can just move it out of the way anytime I need access to it, see picture 3. And as you can see in pictures 4 & 5, I had to do a little custom work to build around the pipes but it came out great. Much of my “stuff” is still on the wire rack just beyond the fridge (pic 2), but I’ll just keep building new holders and getting everything up on the wall (next up: bar clamp rack).

Way too much fun!

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 06:21 PM

Looks awesome. Congrats on the new saw

-- I dream of a world where a chicken can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 07:26 PM

Kenyon – Your shop looks too good to be real: nice and neat, well organized with a great table saw, and a nearby fridge for a cool beer. I’m jealous!

Hope you get to enjoy it enough to mess it up once in a while and make the rest of us look better.

-- Barry

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 03:29 PM

Neat and functional builds for the shop. Your shop is organized and looks big because of them. Great job!

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 02:33 AM

I hadn’t thought of utilizing the space near the electrical panel in such a way. Good thinking.

“I turned to the excellent plans and video from Jack Holmen highlighted in American Woodworker.”
I just so happen to have that issue in front of me—as well as “The Ultimate Wall System” and “Hang-it-all Storage Wall” from The Family Handyman. Between the three there’s a lot of great ideas.

-- Ray

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