Inside: When trying to keep tools organized, See how an inspiring picture transformed my tool clutter into useful blacksmithing project, a custom built hammer rack for all my blacksmithing tools.
There comes a time as this hobby continues to grow, that you begin to need a variety of tools within arms reach. It always seems that the tool you need is the tool that can’t be found. Or at least that has happened to me. So I decided to build a hammer rack or a rack for my top tools in the blacksmith shop. Now about the time that I was thinking about it I came across this Instagram post by @handforgedinvt.
So I went out to the shop to see if I had any scrap metal that I could use for this project.
- I came up with one short piece of I-beam and about 3 ft of 3/8 in round rod. At least at this point I knew I could finish the project without having to make a purchase.
- I then set up the band saw to cut a couple 1 1/4 in. pieces of the I-beam. I did try 1 1/2 in. first but had difficulty with the length after the twist.
- The second cut took of one of the flanges of the I-beam. So that it looks like a T.
- Then it is time to heat it up in the forge and twist the stem. Be sure to get them so that they will run parallel each other.
- I used the drill press to drill 3/8 in. holes spaced at 1 3/4 in.
- Then drill some screw holes to mount it to the wall, and begin assembly.
This I definitely a well designed project, and I like the look of it on the wall. The only problem that I found is that I filled it up too quickly, and will have to build some more. Although that is not really a problem, finding the time to do so may be though.
The Hammer Rack
Here you can see how easy it is to attach to the wall. I used a backer board here due to the fact that this is being mounted to a sheetrock wall.
Check out the simplicity of the assembly. Two brackets and two bars to hang tools on.
I hope you get the inspiration to go build a hammer rack. Send me a picture of yours in the comments. You also can go check out my other blacksmith projects, or “ Essential Blacksmith Tools for Beginners“