You have probably invested a lot of money in your tools over the years, so it’s important they’re well cared for. The best way to start is to have a dedicated storage facility for them. This compact multi-leaf unit fits the bill perfectly (especially if you don’t have an entire wall on which to arrange your tools). And the beauty of it all is that it’s easy to make – assuming you can find your tools!
Tool storage unit
Gather your supplies:
• Panels (6) 600 x 397 x 19mm plywood
• Rear blocks (2) 70 x 35 x 700mm pine
• Middle blocks (2) 70 x 35 x 400mm pine
• Front blocks (2) 70 x 35 x 100mm pine
• Chisel spacers (7) 25 x 18 x 160mm pine
• Chisel pocket cover 397 x 160 x 3mm plywood
• Spade-bit blocks (2) 25 x 18 x 300mm pine
• Screwdriver block 25 x 18 x 250mm pine
You’ll also need:
• 70mm coated butt hinges (6)
• extra-long hinge screws (40mm x 6g)
• 1. You will need a half-sheet of 19mm plywood and of 2.4m pine.
• 2. A 25 x 18mm piece of pine was ripped out of a wider pine, but it can be replaced with 30 x 18mm or 19 x 19mm dressed pine.
• 3. You can change material sizes to suit your needs.
Measure and cut 6 panels. To do this, first measure distance between face of saw blade and edge of base plate. Subtract this figure from the measurement that you are cutting. (For example, for a 32mm gap between blade and base plate, 397mm becomes 365mm.) Clamp straightedge at this point, on the wanted side of cut, then run saw along straightedge. You should now have a 397mm-wide piece of plywood. Repeat this method for all cuts.
Measure and cut rear, middle and front blocks to required length. Square across timber and cut to length.
Find centre point on edge of each block, and square a line across the edge. Glue and screw 1 middle block to 1 rear block, ensuring lines are aligned and edges are flush.
Add small front block to rear and middle blocks, following method in Step 3. Repeat to make second stack of blocks.
To determine panel layouts, group similar tools together on each one. For instance, gather and position chisels, spanners and large spade bits on 1 panel and the saw, spirit level and pliers on another (as pictured). Draw a line around each tool. Drive screws partly into plywood through holes in tools, so they can later hang from the screws. Remember to only drive in screws to about 17mm, and make sure the hole in each tool will clear screw heads. You can also use cup hooks and L-hooks, as needed.
To make pockets for chisels, lay out chisels with tips about 40mm from bottom of 1 panel. Lay spacers in between. Mark positions and remove chisels.
Glue and nail spacers in place where you marked out. Ensure nails are short enough not to go through to other side of panel.
Apply glue to top of spacers, then nail chisel pocket cover to spacers. Leave bottom open so items don’t fall and get stuck in pockets. Add smaller items, such as utility knives and scissors, to top of panel.
For spade bits, drill holes the same diameter as drill shanks through 1 of the spade-bit blocks, then screw second block to underside. Screw both of these to a panel. You can make a screwdriver block in the same way, but leave off bottom block. Again, use above space on panel to hang spanners or other smaller tools.
Position 1 block assembly on wall and fix with 1 screw. Check that it is level, then drive in a second screw. Make sure you fix to 2 studs or a solid masonry wall. The 700mm length makes this easy. Use a level to fix second block assembly directly underneath and spaced 600mm top to bottom.
Screw hinges to back edge of each panel at top and bottom, with barrel of hinge facing out, making 3 left- and 3 right-handed panels. Use extra-long 40mm x 6g screws, as you are screwing into end grain.
Screw panels to ends of blocks. You’ll be screwing through back of each hinge (non-countersunk side). When all panels are fixed, test they all flip easily, then load them up with your tools. As only 1 side of each panel is used in this project, you can add further tools to the other sides as you acquire them.
● Bunnings Warehouse: Plywood. Pine. Hinges.
● Irwin Tools: Quick-Grip clamps. Hand tools.
● Bosch Australia: Power tools.