Not Your Father’s Pegboard
An organized wall of tools gives you instant access
Synopsis: Rhode Island woodworker Hank Gilpin wanted a rack that would put all his hand tools within arm’s length of two benches. And the rack is what every visitor notices, first thing. Each primary tool – every plane, chisel, measuring device and saw – has a spot and can be taken out without moving anything else. Shallow shelves hold sanding blocks, mallets, drills and less frequently used planes and scrapers. There’s storage for clamps and shelves for wedges, battens, and pads. He built the rack in a day using construction-grade plywood and nailed and glued it together. Detailed photographs note every cranny.
The first thing people notice when they visit my shop is the tool rack. Not the wood scattered and stacked everywhere, not the furniture under construction, not the big old machines. Nope, they always walk over to the wall of open tool and clamp storage and say, “Wow,…