Stay-Put Tool Holders
Wall-mounted perforated hardboard provides ideal tool storage -- as long as you can get the hanger "pegs" to stay put. Faced with that challenge, we designed tool holders that attach firmly, but take only a minute or two to move to a new, more convenient location on the perforated hardboard.
To make the pliers holder, mark slots where shown on the drawing below, and drill 1⁄2 " holes at each end of the marked slots. Drill slightly over-lapping holes to remove the stock between the end holes, and smooth up the sides of the slots with a chisel. Then, attach the desktop fasteners to the holder, as shown.
The 5/0 handscrew-clamp holder mounts to the perforated hardboard with a short length of 1⁄4 x 1" aluminum bar stock and two hexhead sheet-metal screws. For larger size handscrew clamps, make the wooden block longer and wider.
By using varying lengths of all-thread rod, you can create multi-purpose hangers for bar clamps or individual tools, such as the adjustable wrenches in the photograph. We dipped the all-thread rod in plastic coating for protection from sharp edges and to provide a no-slip surface to keep tools in place.
Note: When you install the mounting screws in the perforated hardboard, just snug them up; over-tightening will easily strip out the holes in the hardboard.