DIY : Shop Wall Organizer for hand power tools

Shop wall organizer for hand power tools

An empty wall in a small shop quickly becomes a space saving tool organizer in less than a few hours.

After purchasing my house, more than 5 years ago, I have created countless "Do it yourself" projects out of my teeny-tiny one car garage. In fact, my garage turned into a storage unit more than anything.

With tools stacked up on both sides of the garage and tired of tripping on tools laying on the floor, I decided to do something about it and do some organizing. After watching a video online, which I can't for the life of me find to share with you, this is the method of organization I came up with.

Materials You will need for the wall organizer


(I happened to have a ton of scrap material laying around the garage for this project so its not as clean looking as one might like)

1. 1-2 sheets of 3/4" plywood
2. 1 1/4" wood screws
3. 2 1/2" wood screws
4. Table saw capable of 45 degree cuts
5. Circular saw
6. Drill and Drill bits

Clear Your Work space


shop wall organizer for tools

Make sure you clear up any items or obstacles that might be in your way before getting started. No need to make this a chore.

Rip Plywood Strips For Your Wall


shop wall organizer for tools

Set your table saw blade to a 45 degree angle. Make sure to check the height of the blade to make sure your going to cut all the way through your plywood. Set your gate to your desired width. I recommend 5 1/2" to ensure strength, after all there will be tools hanging on it!


Cut Your Hanger Strips


shop wall organizer for tools

Using the same 45 degree angle and moving the gate in to 2 1/4", you are going to need to cut hanger strips. These will be mounted to the back of the boxes you'll build for your tools, which will be explained in later steps.

Mount Your Wall Strips


shop wall organizer for tools

Level a line and mark your studs on your wall where you want the first strip to go for reference when mounting. Pre-drill and screw the wall strip to your wall with the high part of the 45 degree bevel facing out! Measure down from your first strip to give yourself a desired space and mount your second strip. I would not recommend less than 8".

Build Your Hanging Boxes


shop wall organizer for tools

Build your boxes to fit your needs for your tools. This is an example of one that I built for my cordless drills. When your box is built, mount your hanger strips on the back at the top using your 1 1/4" screws. Be sure to pre-drill first to prevent splitting.

End Result


shop wall organizer for tools

shop wall organizer for tools

Your wall should start resembling this. This is a really neat way to organize tools. Not only because they are easily accessible, but because you can re-organize them anyway you want. Sorry about the clutter, started to rain outside and had to bring everything in.

Last and Final Step


shop wall organizer for tools

Pat Yourself on the back for a job well done and enjoy a cold one!

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