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Hold-Everything Tool Rack

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Hold-Everything Tool Rack

Get organized fast with easy slat construction and versatile hangers.

By David Pickard


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" rack shown here 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.

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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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Check periodicaly to make sure the assembly remains square. Each added slat stiffens the frame.


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.


This story originally appeared in American Woodworker October/November 2008, issue #138.

October/November 2008, issue #138

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