Storage and organization hacks abound when it comes to handymen and their tools! Check out these genius ways to store and organize your power tools, hand tools, nails, screws, and other DIY materials in your workshop or garage.
Saw off short pieces of 1-1/2-, 2- or 3-in. PVC plumbing pipe with 45-degree angles on one end. Screw them to a board to hold paint brushes, pencils, stir sticks and just about any other narrow paraphernalia in your shop. Mount them by drilling a 1/4-in. hole in the angled end, and then drive a 1-5/8-in. drywall screw through the hole into the board.
Store Your Tools in This Handy Tray Tower: Good woodworking tools deserve a home in a handsome, natural wood cabinet – not a cold metal tray. This birch tool tray tower makes the perfect home for hand tools and small parts.
Store Your Tools in This Handy Tray Tower
Wrench Storage Project: This simple tool storage tote is perfect for organizing all your metric and SAE sockets and wrenches. You can make it in minutes with plywood and two magnetic bars.
Wrench Storage Project
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Turn 16 sq. ft. of wall space into almost 48 sq. ft. of hanging storage for tools and supplies with this easy-access pegboard storage unit.
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This handy toolbox holds all your small garden tools and is light and strong. It’s an easy project that you can make in just a few hours.
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Forget walking back and forth to the clamp rack. Build this roll-around rack and have the clamps right where you’re working.
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Save jumbo-sized Nesquik containers to hold nails, lag bolts and extra long drywall screws up to 5 in. long.
Save those 100-oz. laundry detergent bottles and use them to hold jumbo supplies of screws and nails. Cut the top off the bottle to create a wide-mouth bin with a built-in handle.
Save up 12 plastic oil quart bottles, cut away one side with a utility knife, scrub out the oil residue and load them with nails and screws.
Plastic peanut butter jars work better for storage than glass baby food jars because they hold a lot more hardware and won't smash into slivers if you drop one.
Old-fashioned shower curtain rings ($2 for a 12-pack at a home center) can organize and conveniently display nuts and washers on your pegboard.
For rust-free storage of expensive air nailer fasteners, use steel ammunition boxes from an army surplus store. They have a watertight seal to help prevent corrosion and they're cheap (about $5).
Reduce the tool rust problem by storing tools with vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) products—capsules, liners and bags.
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Keep your spring clamps springy for a lifetime! Don't store them clamped on a board; the springs will lose their tension. Instead, keep them on a metal towel rod ($3 at a home center).
You'll love this bar clamp rack because you can holster pony clamps securely without tightening the lower jaw against the rack. Just drop in the clamp and pull it out when needed.
Clamps scattered and hard to find when you need them most? Here's a way to keep them in one spot.