I suspended a grid of 1×4s in 2'-square sections. Simple half-notch joints at each intersection hold a grid together. Now there’s room for hanging all sorts of things.
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My shop is in a finished room that has no exposed joists for hanging tools, dust-collection pipes, or other items. So I suspended a grid of 1×4s in 2'-square sections. Simple half-notch joints at each intersection hold the grid together. Now there's room for hanging all sorts of things.

Position the hanging hooks/turnbuckles so they align with ceiling joists, and have at least one helper to lift the grid into place and adjust it level. Should we ever sell the house, it will be easy to take down the grid, patch the ceiling holes, and return the space to normal use.
—Dave Blatti, Grand Rapids, Mich.