I’m running out of space in my shop, and it started to feel disorganized. Couple that with the fact that I am absent-minded when it comes to where I set down the last tool I had in my hand, which made me realize that it was time to get better organized in the shop. So I built this tool organizer that hangs from the ceiling.
I wanted it to contain all the tools I use on a regular basis, so everything would be right at hand when I need it. I also wanted to be sure everything had a home, so when it was time to clean up the shop everything had a place to go.
I started out by knolling all the tools I thought I would need. I started with the most important and most used tools closets to the blade. This of course was the push sticks, safety first!
Once I had everything laid out the way I wanted it on my workbench I took some measurements and started building it.
The price of plywood is nuts right now so I built it out of knotty alder which was a bit cheaper than plywood, and accented it with walnut. I know, I know, walnut for shop furniture, Really? But I spend most of my time in my shop and I want it to be an inviting place to hang out.
Once I had it built I sprayed a finish on it and hung it from the ceiling. When I hung it from the ceiling, I took special care to be sure it was not hanging directly over the blade in case something fell. It’s just far enough over that I can safely operate the saw without it interlining but can still quickly grab the tools I need when I need them. I also made sure that I didn’t hang it so far back that I had to lean over the saw to reach any tools.
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and there is still room for expansion if I decide I need additional tools at the ready when working at the table saw.
If you are interested in the visual of how this went together, please check out the video.
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