How to Make a Tool Storage Center

Organizing your work space is a difficult task, but organizing the small tools are specially challenging. With this project you can organize and uncluttered  those small tools. Also there is a additional desk for your tablet or notes while you work.

Estimated Cost:

$150 - $200

Shopping List:

Wood Products

Item Size Quantity
Quarter Sheet, Plywood 3/4" Thick 1
Plywood 3/4" Thick, 24" x 24" 1
Pegboard 1/4" Thick, 24" x 48" 1
Board 1 x 2, 96" 2
Square Dowel 3/4" x 3/4", 36" 4

 

Hardware Supplies

Item Size Quantity
Coarse-thread pocket-hole screws 1 1/4" 30
Coarse-thread pocket-hole screws 1" 8
Brad nails 1 1/2" 12
Flat-head wood screws 1 1/4" 16
Hangman Hanging System Nil 1
Right Angle Attachment Nil 1
Long Square-Drive Bit 3" 1

 

Tools:

1 Cable Circular Saw

1  Air Compressor

1 Clamps

1 Cordless Drill

1 Hammer

1 Jigsaw

1 Miter Saw

1 Nail Gun

1 Pocket-Hole Jig

1 Sander

1 Square

1 Tape Measure

1 Workbench

Cut List:

Step 1: Cut the Left Side, Top and Divider

Prepare and cut the left side, top and divider from the 3/4" plywood, refer to the diagram above for accurate measurements. With your pocket hole jig drill holes on the top portion as shown from the image. Now prepare a reference line with a pencil on one side of the divider as shown. This will serve as a guide for positioning the top support in a later step.

 Step 2: Assemble the Side, Divider, and Top

Set the top against the left side as shown and secure the two pieces using 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws. Now set the divider in place against the top and secure it with a couple clamps. Using a right-angle attachment on your drill, as well as a short driver bit, secure the top to the divider using 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws.

Step 3: Make the Desk Bottom

Cut the desk bottom as shown from above. Drill pocket holes to the location shown.

Step 4: Attach the Desk Bottom

Now prepare a cut out 3" x 11 3/4" spacer from the left over plywoods. Secure the spacer on the outside of the divider,.as shown above. Take note that the spacer should be align with the end of divider. Set the desk bottom on top of the spacer, secure it, and attach the desk bottom to the divider with a 1 1/4" coarse thread pocket hole screws.

Step 5: Make the Desk Side

Cut out the desk side from a 3/4" plywood, refer to the image above for the exact measurements. Next will be cutting the angled side. You can use a jig saw to do this. Cut just on the waste side of the line, and then sand the cut edge smooth.

Step 6: Attach the Desk Side

Cut out a spacer from leftover plywood with length of 3 3/4" x 11 3/4". Secure the spacer in the desk side as shown from above. Place the desk side and spacer on the desk bottom and secure it with  1 1/4" coarse thread pocket hole screw.

Step 7: Make the Bottom

Cut out the bottom from a 3/4" plywood, as show from the cutting diagram. Now drill pocket holes on both sides as shown above. Also drill two pilot holes  in the location shown on the diagram. This will be used in the next step for attaching the bottom to the divider.

Step 8: Attach the Bottom

Set the bottom in place between the left side and the desk side. Make sure the front edges of the parts are flush. If you have long clamps or a right-angle clamp, you can clamp the bottom in place as you attach it to the left side and the desk side using 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws. To secure the divider, use the holes in the bottom as guides and drill 1/16 pilot holes into the divider’s lower edge. Then drive two 1 1/4" flat-head wood screws through the bottom and in to the divider.

Step 9: Make and Mount the Desk Filler

Prepare the desk filler from a 3/4" square dowel. Add a couple dabs of glue on one face of the filler, set in place, and secure it with a few  1 1/4" brads. If you have a brad nailer its the easiest way to attach the filler. If you don't have a brad nailer, drill pilot holes to prevent from splitting, and drive in nails using a hammer.

Step 10: Add a Desk Top Support

Cut out the desk top support from 3/4" square dowel, as shown in the cutting diagram. Apply glue to one face of the dowel, and then align it to the guideline on the divider, as shown. Then attach the desk top support using 1 1/4" brad nails.

Step 11: Make the Desk Top

Cut a desk top to length from a 3/4" plywood and cut a pencil stop from a 3/4" square dowel, as shown in the cutting diagram. Apply glue and then position pencil stop where shown on the underside of the desk top. Secure it with 1 1/4" brads.

Step 12: Add a Desk Stop

Cut out the desk stop to length from a 3/4" square dowel, as shown in the cutting diagram. Glue and nail the desk stop to the underside of the desk top at the location shown.

Step 13: Cut the Frame Pieces

From 1x2 boards, cut one frame top, one frame bottom, one cleat support and two frame sides to length, as shown in the cutting diagram. On the frame top, bottom and cleat support, drill pocket holes at the locations shown. The frame top also gets two pilot holes drilled at the locations shown.

Step 14: Assemble the Frame

Secure the frame top to the frame sides with a 1 1/4" coarse thread pocket hole screws. Place the cleat support in the position as shown, making sure it is inset 1/4" from the back edges of the frame. Attach the cleat support on the frame side using a 1 1/4 coarse thread pocket hole screws. Now secure the frame top to the cleat support with two 1 1/4 flat head wood screws. Next, position the frame bottom as shown with the same 1/4" inset as the cleat support. Secure it to the frame sides using 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws.

Step 15: Add Pegboard Stops

Cut out the two pegboard stops to length from 3/4" square dowel, as shown in the cutting diagram. Drill three pilot holes on each stop for #8 flat head wood screws.

Step 16: Attach the Stop to the Frame

Apply glue on one face of the each pegboard stop, and align the stops with the cleat support and the frame bottom, as shown. Attach the pegboard stops to the frame sides using a 1 1/4" flat head wood screws.

Step 17: Attach the Frame to the Case

Place the frame assembly in position, as shown, so that the frame side are flush with both back and bottom on the case. Drill pilot holes, and then secure the frame assembly to the case using 1 1/4" flat head wood screws.

Step 18: Add the Pegboard

Cut the pegboard to the size, as shown in the cutting diagram. Set the pegboard into the frame and secure it to the pegboard stops with 1" coarse-thread pocket hole screws at the locations shown.

Step 19: Add Finish and Install

Finish the storage center with a coat or two of oil to protect it and add a bit color. Install the hangman hanging bracket on the cleat support following the manufacturer's instruction, hang the storage center on your garage or shop wall, and get your tools organize for the next project.

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