Do you have hand tools that you can’t easily find because they are buried one under another in tool boxes or cartons?
I enjoy making wood cabinets and creating handmade things so over the time I have acquired quite a few hand tools, and the tool boxes to store them. The issue arose as I could not find the tools I needed quickly when I needed for a particular job. Basically they were stored in different cartons, tool boxes, in different places around the garage and the house 🙁
To solve this problem one solution I’ve adopted is to hang them all on a wall in the garage. The goal was that at a glance you can see where every tool is and have quick access to them. 🙂
The wall I selected for this garage storage solution is the one between the garage and the hallway. It’s an internal wall with plaster boards on each side and insulation batts inside. This wall is convenient as it’s on the shortest path from the house to the tools. I didn’t want to make holes all over the plaster sheet which would impact negatively on insulation, so what I did was to fix MDF panels on the wall before hanging the tools.
Below are the construction steps if you would like to implement similar garage storage solution for your hand tools
You can install one row of garage shelving to create storage space high up, above the panels for the hand tools
U cuts are made in the timber then these tracks are attached to the studs to create support for the MDF panels. In my case two tracks are enough to provide a strong base and stability to the panels on which you will hang your hand tools
Cuts in the timber tracks to allow attachment to the wall. To make these cuts I used a Ryobi mitre saw.
MDF panels attached to the tracks with timber screws
Final result with hand tools organised and quickly accessible. I was able to clear the garage floor from a three moving boxes after hanging all the tools on the new wall.
What garage storage method did you use to keep your hand tools organised and easily accessible?