Easy Elastic Hand Tool Storage
Achieve workbench organization with a simple storage system that can stretch to accommodate any hand tool.
When it comes to workshop organization, having your most-used tools in plain sight makes executing projects faster and easier. There was a time when I favored storing hand tools in a single tool box that could travel from site to site as a unit, but the number of tools quickly outgrew that box and their weight made it burdensome to carry around as I worked on different projects around the house. Better to have all of the tools displayed in one space, and pick and choose only the ones I need for any given project to carry in the toolbox.
Maximizing the exposed wall storage has been one of my missions this spring, and this simple elastic construct has been my favorite form of storage so far.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it at home:
- a piece of wood
- elastic stretch cording
- heavy string (jute used here)
- a drill with a 1/4” drill bit
Start by drilling through the wood, making a single hole at each end of the board. Consider the size of your hand tools, and how many tools you intend to store. Stagger additional holes along the length of the board, two at each point measuring about 1/2” apart from one another.
Knot one end of the elastic. Insert the loose end through the hole at one end of the board, extend it across the front, and down through the hole at the other side.
Create individual spaces for tools across the board by running short lengths of heavy string over the elastic and down through each set of holes.
Just knot each piece of string on the backside of the wood to hold the elastic in place, like this:
Knot and trim the elastic leaving enough loose along the front so that it can stretch around the tools you plan to store. As opposed to using staples to pinch the elastic in position at various points along the board, the string still allows elastic the flexibility to pull and adapt so that tools big and small can still easily be held. It’s even strong enough to hold upside down!
Attach it to the wall in your workspace using hooks or screws, and load it up so your most used gadgets are in plain sight and are easy-to-access.