Swinging Tool Rack Design by Bill Pratt

innovative tool rack

The following is an article resurrected from our archives:

Congratulations to Bill Pratt, one of our Guild members, for the inclusion of his innovative swinging tool rack in FineWoodworking’s Jan/Feb 2008 issue.

Bill designed and built the tool rack to utilize shop space that would otherwise be wasted in front of the overhead door in his shop. His design was included in Fine Woodworking’s Methods of Work section.

To read the entire article online, you must have access to FW’s online community or sign up for a free 14 day trial membership. You might find the membership well worth the small fee, since you can access all of Fine Woodworking’s archives online. Or you could get the magazine …

   Here is an excerpt from the article:


The double-car garage door severely limits wall space in my garage/woodworking shop. So I created a 4-ft. by 5-ft. swinging tool rack for hanging hand tools, clamps, and accessories. Mounted in the corner of the front of my garage, it can stay against the garage door until I have to get in or out that way. The rack does not interfere with storage on the adjoining wall.

I made the rack out of 2×4 and 2×2 lumber. Two heavy-duty fence hinges are bolted to two 10-in.-wide stand-offs to hold the rack away from the wall. The stand-offs, which can be any length, are lag-screwed into a stud in the garage wall.

 Anyway, not only is Bill’s idea published in a nationally popular magazine, he is also the subject of a feature article in the Helena Independent Record.



Handcut Dovetail Template and Calculator

At last night’s Guild meeting, Anna Nordell brought up an idea for a workshop. She said the guild sponsored a workshop on handcut dovetail joints she would be glad to attend. So, in light of that, I thought I would resurrect a blog post from our old website. This one is about just that — handcut dovetails and a calculator that generates a template. Check it out.

Handcut Dovetail Template CalculatorWe recently received a tip from Greg Tarrant of Australia in our email. He gave us a link to an online handcut dovetail template & calculator (screenshot, above.) Give it a try and let us know what you think of it by commenting below this post.

The Blocklayer website (Greg’s site) has a long list of online construction calculators, which might come in handy for any of our members. The site is unfortunately full of ads, but if you are careful where you click it looks like it might be useful.

Here is a list of calculators related to woodworking.