9 Tool Storage Tips
Three-tier cart rolls
My local school had an old audiovisual cart it was getting rid of. I needed a tool cart, so I took it home and made a few modifications for use in my shop. I built a wooden frame for the top that is also a tray with compartments. Markings for wrench sizes keep them organized where they hang on wood screws.
Tom Kauth | Canton, Ohio
Workbench is portable but solid
The rolling workbench I made was a great addition to my shop. The two cabinet spaces below hold all my tool sets that are kept in cases. Six easy-sliding, 32-inch-deep drawers provide storage for all the other tools. That leaves the 42×75-inch old bowling alley lane top free to work on. Locking wheels and the overall heaviness of the portable workbench make it easy to use and nice to work on.
Kevin Gradert | Sibley, Iowa
A place for everything
On these shelves, every tool has its place. There is 2-inch PVC pipe fastened to the bottom directly under each tool to hold its cord. Now, the power cords stay not only tangle-free but also free from the damage that can happen when they are wrapped tightly around tools.
Walter Ranft | Filter, Idaho
These tool hangers are versatile
I have found that using plastic conduit and plastic pipe (PEX) hangers is a great way to hang tools on my shop walls. The PEX hangers work especially well for open-end wrenches. These hangers come in many sizes, are inexpensive, mount with one or two screws, and can be purchased at most lumber or hardware stores.
Terry Johnson | Iowa City, Iowa
Just hold your hammers
I made this organizer for my hammers out of steel pipe. It’s made of 1/4x2-inch flat iron and a series of pipes, starting at 3/4-inch inside measurements. The pipes were adjusted as needed to fit the individual hammers before they were welded on the flat iron. Now it’s certainly easy to find the correct hammer out in the shop.
When I quit farrowing, I didn’t have a great deal of luck selling off the used equipment. But I was able to put the stainless steel sow feeders to good use. These bins help me keep parts organized, and they’ll last forever.
Doug Heims | Dundee, Iowa
Organize specialty tools
To store, organize, and protect specialty tools that I take to the field or elsewhere for a specific job, I use old lunch box coolers. For example, one contains my small orbital sander with sandpaper.
Craig Fahlstrom | Dickinson, North Dakota
Finding misplaced parts trays was always a problem when all the trays were the same color. I’ve had no more issues with that since I color-coded all of my trays and the shelves they belong on. Furthermore, with my numbering system, each tray gets returned to its proper location on the correct shelf. The colorful shelves brighten up the shop, too!
Tom Block | Pearl City, Illinois
I decided to brand my tools after several of them were permanently “borrowed.” So I used a ¼-inch (6 mm) letter and number punch set to mark all my tools. Now they show my initials and phone number. If anything else walks away, I can easily prove it’s mine.
Craig Grodmann | Lehigh Acres, Florida
The best tool storage and organizing ideas from All Around the Farm.