Custom Tool Wall
Work space organization should be a top priority for any maker. Having a very small workshop/garage that I share with my car, utilizing every surface is a must. Deciding to move the bulk of my tool storage to the wall not only freed up much needed space on my workbench, but it makes locating that one tool much easier. When it’s time to put everything away, everything has a spot making it easy to see exactly what is not where it should be.
Step 1: Planning
After having a pegboard system for many years, I didn’t quite like how it worked and held my tools. Some tools always wanted to fall off and I felt that a lot of space was either wasted or cramped due to the preset distance of the pegs. When deciding on what kind of system I wanted to setup, I opted to not set up a french cleat system as I felt that once set up, the tool holders wouldn’t need to be moved. French cleats have their place, but I didn’t feel that my tool wall was the place for them.
If your workbench has ever looked like the first image, you are definitely in need of a tool wall. Before you get started on any tool holders, pull everything you think that you’ll want to store on the wall out and sort it all. Decide what you want to have easily accessible and what you want to store in your tool box for less use. Once you’ve got a rough idea of what holders you need to make, start making!