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I have spent hundreds of hours on this project and only one weekend of it was spent making the shelves and took racks.

A little over a year ago I took a big interest in restoring and using vintage hand tools. I have a blog series on here that is dedicated to my restoration work so if anyone is interested you can read all about my work there.

Almost all of the tools that I restore are used in my shop especially my hand planes. Before building this wall storage system I didn't have a dedicated storage area for my planes and other restored hand tools. I just kind of had them spread out around my shop where ever I could fit them. As my collection grew I decided I wanted to build a dedicated wall storage that would not only display them well but also make it easy for me to access them while I was working at my bench. My only problem was I didn't have enough free wall space in my shop so I had to clean a wall off first.

Here is a picture of my shop wall before


This wall of my shop had previously been used to store my hardware, some small power tools and a lot of odds and end stuff. I tore down everything on this wall in order to build my new shelves and storage. I painted the plywood wall with a few coats of semi gloss white paint before adding the new storage. I kept the same design idea with the two shelves and hanging storage in the middle. This time rather then peg board I used cleats cut with 45 degree miters and screwed to the wall.

The shelves are made from wood I had extra of which happened to be Basswood. I made the shelves with dovetail joints and finished with Bulls Eye Shellac. Dovetails were cut with router and Leigh jig. I guess they should have been hand cut since its a hand tool display shelf but I am not there yet.. oh well.

My workbench sits against the wall under the tools and I am able to reach all of the tools while standing at my bench which was the most important thing for me.

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Very nice, Dan. Your collection is really growing!
 

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Nice collection. Looks like everything is at your finger tips.
 

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Rocking
 

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looks much better now. great collection you have got goin on there. very nice restores
 

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niice display and order :)
functionell tooo :)
with great looking collections of tools…. very niiice

Dennis
 

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Very Nice. My wife saw this, now she is sending me to the garage to make my shop look like this. Thanks a lot. LOL.
 

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I know the feeling. No wall space left, can't decide how to organize, and you never know how much space you'll need tomorrow. This looks great. Nice collection too.
 

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Great set of tools and storage solution.
 

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You are well on your way!! Amazing work. I wish I had the means to do metal work like you guys do. It is amazing.
 

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Now this is the way to showcase all your recondition planes with great pride, well done Dan. "Shavings are Amazing"....Blkcherry
 

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Dan, a second look was in order. It appears that both you and I share the fore/jointer fetish. If I didn't discover the jointer, I would have quit woodworking long ago.
 

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Chelios- I really don't do any metal work. When I restore the old rusted planes the only things you really need are some cleaning solution, wet/dry sandpaper and some polish. I often just fold up a piece of sandpaper and sand the rusted plane by hand like I would a piece of wood.
 

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Chelios, I generally do what Dan does but I employ an electrolysis tank. The whole setup probably cost me $50.

Blue recycling tub, $10
Steel plates, $10
Washing powder, $5
Battery charger, $30

Alright, $55 maybe! :)
 

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Al - I am planning on trying electrolysis sometime here. I have always used EvapoRust which works great but can be expensive.

I do like my jointer planes. I have a couple more jointer planes I am restoring right now. However I just cleaned up another #3 and now I am thinking that one might be my favorite. Which ever one I am working on at the time always seems to be my favorite.

I may be breaking a law but I am also working on restoring a #2 Stanley. That one should be interesting.
 

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If you really want to do some metal work, it's amazing what a metal cut-off wheel in an old skil saw can do. Buy the BIG safety glasses. I've also got an old Makita table saw with a cutoff wheel stuck under the bench. The only other "must have" is a vise.
 

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Hi Dan,
I don't know why I missed this one.
What a beautiful wall, or what a beautiful way you hang and shelf you tools.
That sure is a wall to cry for.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Very nice lookin shelves and tools too. The trick on useing the metal polish on the soles of the planes was a great idea.
 

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I completely forgot what I was doing once I saw this.
 

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Great… great… more drool to clean off of my keyboard… Thanks a lot!
 
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