What spurred me onto doing this was the chisel rack I'd added to the original tool rack.
|Original Tool Rack|
The chisel rack is mounted on the front LH side
holes spaced on 1.1/8" centres. In practice when putting chisels in most went in but the handles touched on some of the bigger ones causing the chisels to lean over.
I set to work making another rack but this time positioned the 7/8" diameter holes on 1.1/2" centres.
I made the chisel rack a little longer than the original but this time it only had 20 holes. I left five holes at 3/4" diameter with two of them not having a slot. The slots were 8mm wide apart from two at 10mm wide to suit the large firmer chisels at the left hand end of the rack.
Here are a couple of pictures from my Sketchup design for the new tool rack:
|View showing French cleat on the rear|
The design of this is very simple as it is only two pieces of timber - in my case a softwood rear piece of 4 x 1 x about 55" long and the front made from a 6" wide x 1/2" thick x 48" long plywood. They are separated using 1/2" thick x 3/4" wide x 4" long spacers glued and nailed. I positioned the spacers about every 9" giving a series of slots that tools can be slid into.
I made some brackets out of scrap oak to screw the chisel rack onto the tool rack.
|Tool rack in position fully loaded|
This tool rack makes great use of the wasted space taken by the window and still lets the vast majority of light through so makes it a win all around.
|Auxiliary rack with some day to day|