How to Build a Tool Rack

Learn how to build a tool rack and corral all your tools onto one giant, organized wall. With easy slat construction and versatile tool hangers, you can reorganize your wall rack as your tools change.



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Build storage cabinets for your tools, outfeed tables for shop machines and more in “How to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage Solutions” from the Experts of “American Woodworker.” Clear-cut instructions and accompanying photographs will have you building like an aircraft engineer, super-flat and strong with a torsion box workbench, assembly table and alignment beams.
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David L Pickard
“My passion for woodworking began as a teenager, so I was thrilled to receive my great-great-grandfather’s wooden hand planes and other tools when I was newly married. I enjoy designing and building furniture, because of the challenging joinery and different styles. Building my own router table, miter saw table, and workbenches has also been satisfying.” — David L. Pickard
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Tool Rack
Each tool hanger has a bottom groove that allows it to slip snugly onto any of the slats. This nifty feature makes the hangers easy to move, so you can rearrange your rack to accommodate newly acquired tools.
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Added Slat
Check periodically to make sure the assembly remains square. Each added slat stiffens the frame.
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L Shaped Jig
Use an L-shaped jig to assure uniform spacing when you screw the slats to the frame.
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The Rack
The rack consists of slats fastened to a frame. Assemble the frame with one screw at each joint. Clamps hold the frame square during assembly.
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Cut Grooves
Cut grooves in a long, wide board to make tool hanger blanks. Make the grooves a hair wider than the slats.
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Drilled End Mortise
Drilled end, mortise
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Last Slat Oversize
Leave the last slat oversize. Mark the edge and trim the slat to width. This method is easier than trying to exactly size all the parts.
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Tool Rack Facing
To create custom-fit hangers, lay all your tools onto a large table, then group them according to the types of notches you think they’ll require. Sawing slots, installing dowels, drilling holes, chopping mortises or adding lipped edging will accommodate most tools.
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Applied Edge Dado
Applied edge, dado
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Chart
Dimensions for parts of the tool rack
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Hammer Holder
1 7/8-inch Hole diameter
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Lip
1/8-inch to 1/4-inch Lip
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Diameter Dowel
3/8-inch Diameter dowel, 7/16-inch (typ.)
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Lipped Edging
Lipped edging keeps planes in place.
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Acrylic Shield
Acrylic shields glued into grooves protect hands from sharp edges.
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Use these measurements when building your tool rack.











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