Space is almost always at a premium in a woodworking shop. Especially
when it comes to wall space. So Im always looking for ways to "increase"
the usable space I have. Thats the idea behind this wall-mounted tool bar
shown in the drawing at right. Besides holding a number of hand tools, the bar
swings out from the wall. This provides easy access to additional tools mounted
behind the tool bar.
The tool bar consists of three parts: a pivot
arm with a number of holes drilled in it to hold the tools, a pair of
support blocks that sandwich the arm between them, and a
mounting plate that attaches to the wall.
Before assembling the
tool bar, I cut an arc on the outside end of each support block and on both
ends of the pivot arm. This removes the sharp corners, and it allows the pivot
arm to swing freely without binding. To create a pivot point, I used a bolt
that passes through a hole in each support block and the pivot
Tightening a lock nut on the end of the bolt so its just snug
holds the arm in place, yet still allows it to pivot.
Have a nice
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