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.
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…
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.
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.
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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