Making A Magnetic Tool Rack
A magnetic tool rack is a great garage organizer that can easily be added to any garage or work space. They allow you to conveniently store and retrieve tools as needed. The entire task of making a magnetic tool rack only takes a few hours and a few basic hand tools.
Step 1: Prepare the Wood
Measure out 1 inch into each piece of wood and make a marking. This will allow you to center the magnet strip. Apply a layer of glue to the magnet strip using a strong adhesive to ensure the magnet stays attached to the wood. Super Glue or craft glue is best. Allow the glue to dry for 1 hour before proceeding.
Step 2: Mark the Studs
This step is only applicable if you will be installing the magnetic tool rack on a wall with studs. If you are installing on a concrete or brick wall, you will need to pre-drill using a masonry bit and use tapcons to secure the wood. Find a stud in the wall using a stud finder or by tapping on the wall and listening for a solid sound. Using a precision screwdriver or a paperclip is a good way to verify that you have found the stud and located its center. Mark on the wall where the first stud is. Use a measuring tape to measure 16 or 24 inches from the mark and one of these two locations will be the center of the next stud. Most walls are built with 16-inch off center studs. Poke a hole in the wall to verify the stud.
Step 3: Handling Concrete or Brick Walls
If you are working with a concrete or brick wall, you will need to pre-drill the holes. To do this drill through the wood first using a standard wood drill bit. Then place the wood on the wall and use a level to make sure it is level and drill through the existing holes into the brick or concrete using a masonry bit.
Step 4: Install the Rack
Hold the wood up to the wall and level it using a level. Use a drill with a Philips bit or a screwdriver to drive 2.5-inch screws through the wood and into the wall in the areas where the studs are located. If you are dealing with a concrete or brick wall, drive tapcons into the concrete or brick using a drill and a tapcon bit.
Step 5: Hang the Tools
Hang any tools you want from the magnetic tool rack. Typically you will want to stick with tools such as screwdrivers and light-weight saws. Make sure the tools you hang do not exceed the weight capacity of the magnet you used.