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.


| April 2, 2012



How To Make Workbenches

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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If loose screws always scatter when you open a drawer or you can never find the right hammer, then How to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage Solutions: 28 Projects to Make Your Workshop More Efficient (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2011) is your guide to getting organized. Everything you wanted to know about building a workbench, making work tables and constructing storage cabinets for tools, materials and supplies can be found in this comprehensive book. Learn how to build a tool rack in this excerpt taken from the Chapter “Tool Storage.” 

Whether you have an exquisite collection of antique tools or the latest in high-tech gear, this versatile wall rack stores them all within easy reach. It’s easy to build and adapts to fit virtually any wall space. The 48-by-48-inch rack is made from poplar, but any hardwood or combination of hardwoods will work. 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.

The biggest — and most fun — challenge this rack presents is figuring out how to modify the hangers to display your unique collection of tools.

See the dimensions chart in the Image Gallery for measurements of parts.