For years, I've pondered how to keep existing tools in place in drawers and still leave room for new tools. Finally, I devised a modular system that gives me a solution to the problem.
Modular home

First, I cut a sheet of 14 " perforated hardboard to create a base to fit into the bottom of each drawer. Then I drew an outline of each tool on another piece of perforated hardboard, and cut a rectangular module around each tool outline. I cut out the tool shapes with a scrollsaw and glued 14 " dowels into two corners of each module.

The dowels pin the modules into place in the drawer, and the cutouts keep the tools in their place. For maximum organizational flexibility, cut all the module dimensions to even 1" increments—hat way they'll interchange more easily.

--Jonathon Sommer, Roy, Utah

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