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Quick Project – The Tool Wall

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THIS TOOL WALL is proof that I can complete a woodworking project quickly – most of my projects drag on for months and months and months. Call it a Festivus miracle; I completed the tool wall in just three weeks.

I wrote in my last blog post about the Brobdingnagian mess which resulted from emptying out my old tool cabinet. Then I was super blessed to receive a large number of new Woodpeckers tools which needed a home in my workshop. And, while building my new workbench, I acquired several new F-clamps. The F-clamps are what got me thinking about a clamp wall, but all of the above culminated in a need for better storage and organization.

Note the 2 x 4’s highlighted in yellow.

This is basically a sheet and a half of 3/4″ plywood screwed to three 8′ 2 x 4s. I considered anchoring the plywood directly to the concrete block wall, but that seemed to be a lot of trouble. In the end, I decided to attach the 2 x 4’s to the floor joists above using strapping called hurricane ties…

An illustration of the hurricane ties in use.

This method of attachment is simple and very quick. And the wall is easily removable. In fact all of the workshop upgrades (like this and this) I have made are removable.

I used a French cleat and 2 x 4 blocks of wood to hold my clamps in place. Being able to screw these things to my plywood wall means I can change the layout over time, add or delete things and basically do whatever I want. I got the French cleat idea from this article at Fine Woodworking.com.

Blocks used to hang clamps.

Blocks in blue, French cleat in orange and green.

For the long French cleat at the top, I did screw the top cleat in place – I did not like the idea of all the weight from the long pipe clamps just hanging on a French cleat.

Tool wall prior to paint.

And looking all spiffy with some grey paint.

Just a few of the Woodpeckers tools I now have.

So, a quick project completed. I now have improved storage and organization and a better shop environment to work in.

Help a Fellow Woodworker

Think of this: you are a woodworker and tool-maker who makes your living via your home workshop. And a wildfire breaks out and destroys everything you own; your workshop and business, your home, clothes; all your possessions. This is what has happened to Rob Hanson of Evenfall Studios. You can read more about Rob’s situation and donate here. I donated and hope you will donate as well.

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During the week, I sell flooring products for The Dixie Group. Weekends, you'll find me in my basement workshop making furniture.

9 Comments

    • Actually, I don’t. I need more 4’ and 5’ clamps. I also have nine 2’ pipes which I can put clamp hardware on, but I do need more large clamps. 😁

  1. Chuck says

    I hate to drill into my concrete foundation walls too. It’s just inviting a crack to form.

    My only suggestion is what I saw on Jay Bates’ site. He took down a similar system to yours and put up one that allows clamps to be stacked out from the wall clamp-on-clamp. So it takes less wall space and allows for future expansion in the same space. Here’s the link:

    Chuck

    • Thanks for the suggestion. Jay’s method is interesting, but my shop is smaller and I need a system that doesn’t extend outward like his does. I have a narrow walk space in front of the long clamps. I do like certain aspects of his design especially how he hangs his spring clamps which I will probably add at some point.

  2. Ken Wludyka says

    If you have to let these cheesy advertisements occupy your blog then I may have to unsubscribe

    too bad I like your stuff

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