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A tool holder attached to the wall with tools in it

Overview

An organised shed or garage is a thing of beauty. Savvy storage not only keeps D.I.Y. equipment tidy and readily at hand, but also makes for a safer workspace. This small-tool holder is the perfect D.I.Y. project for an ordered workshop. It's a compact rack made from pine and mounted on the wall, ensuring screwdrivers, hammers and the like can be accessed in a flash.

Steps

1Cut the pine

From 184mm x 19mm pine, use a mitre saw to cut two 500mm lengths for the shelf and the backing. Use a combination square to mark a line 90mm up from the base, then position the underside of the shelf along the line.

Green Bunnings hammer
Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (ear and eye protection and mask, for example) and always follow the equipment’s instructions.
A person supporting a piece of wood on top of another one

2Make the shelf supports

Position the offcut against the shelf backing and mark a diagonal line from the edges. Set the mitre saw to match the angle, cutting two triangular pieces to fit under the shelf. On each, mark 30mm down from the point and cut to square off the ends.

2 pieces of wood joined together

3Secure the supports

On the backing, mark the position of the supports 100mm from the ends and around the shelf. Use a combination countersinking bit to pre-drill two holes for each support and four along the shelf. Apply adhesive and secure with 40mm screws. Pre-drill through the top of the shelf into the supports, securing with screws.

A person marking a piece of wood with a pencil

4Drill the screwdriver holes

Mark out a grid between the supports for two rows of seven holes, spacing them 30mm apart. Drill right through with a 10mm bit.

A piece of wood with a drill and drill bits

5Carve out slots

To hang a hammer, use a jigsaw to make a 60mm x 20mm cut-out into one side of the shelf. To hang a combination square, on the opposite side, drill a series of holes together with a 10mm bit to make a 40mm-long slot. Use a chisel to remove the breakout and clean up the cuts.

A piece of wood with a drill cutting into it

6Paint and secure to wall

Smooth all over with 180-grit abrasive paper and wipe with a damp cloth. Apply two coats of paint, leaving to dry after each. Add a cup hook underneath to hang a tape measure. Pre-drill into the corners of the backing and secure to the wall with suitable fasteners, using a level to check the shelf is straight.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: The holder is 500mm long. It can be secured with 40mm screws directly into wall studs, which are usually 450mm apart, or use 50mm masonry screws for brick.
A wooden shelf added to a wall

7Keep in mind:

• When using power tools, always wear the recommended safety equipment.

• Pre-drilling holes stops screws from slipping off the mark at the beginning of the drive, and helps prevent timber from splitting or cracking.

• Before drilling into walls, use a stud finder to check for wiring and pipework, and turn off the power while working.

8Organise your garden tools

Check out our step-by-step guide for instructions on how to make a wall-mounted gardening equipment rack made from pine lining.

Photo Credit: Lean Timms and Martin Roberts

 

*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.