One of the most useful ways to store tools is to hang them on a pegboard. It makes good use of vertical space and keeps tools visible, organized, and ready for use. But pegboards and their accessories can be so pricey as to make them unaffordable for those who are already pinching pennies.
My father ran into this problem and came up with an interesting solution that he graciously gave me permission to share. (Thanks, Dad!) My father recently put up a metal storage shed on his property and moved all his various pieces of equipment into it. After the purchase of the building, purchasing pegboard and hooks was not an option! But then he came up with an idea that used a remnant of wire fencing and some scraps of wood. It occurred to my father that by cutting and bending the wire, he could hang his tools much more inexpensively and achieve the same benefits as using a pegboard.
He began by hanging the fencing on his shed wall. Because he had a shed with interior wooden framing, he placed the fencing up against the framework and nailed a board on top, sandwiching the wire between the wall stud and the board. (For other walls, I would find the studs and nail boards to them first to add space between the fencing and the wall, and then add the fence piece and another board.)
Using some wire cutters, Dad was able to cut through the post on the row of the fencing that fell between two studs of the shed. (You do want to leave a few of these posts whole for stability, so plan before you cut.) The lower portion of this row he bent down and hung tools that had a natural hole in them, like these combination wrenches. By bending the above row of wires to the side some, he was able to stagger the tools and save space. Open-ended wrenches required a little more creativity. He essentially had to bend the wires to support the top and bottom of each wrench. These are removed by sliding them off the bottom wire.
These photos show how he dealt with sockets, socket wrenches, and trays designed to hold various sockets and drill bits.
Some tools did not require any cutting of the fencing. Since the fencing had been hung a little way out from the wall, things like hammers, clamps, measuring tapes, pliers, and grease guns could be hung on the fencing without any special preparation.
As you can see, my Dad’s tools are organized, visible at a glance, and ready to use- all for a bit of fencing and some scrap wood!
It is this idea of readiness that stood out the most to me when I considered this project. We all know how frustrating it can be to have a job that needs to be done without having the right tool ready and available to do it. This is also true for the kingdom of God. Over and over again in the Scriptures, we are exhorted to “be ready”. Christ warns us, “…be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh” (Matthew 24:44). Peter commands us to “…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Paul instructs that we should be “…ready to distribute” (1 Timothy 6:18), and “… ready to every good work” (Titus 3:1). Paul was so zealous for God’s glory and His kingdom that he wrote, “…for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 21:13). What a challenge! If God wanted a specific “tool” to further His kingdom in my church and community, would I be the one He would choose? Do I try to learn things that will make me more useful in His hands? Can I be found easily, placing myself in a position to serve? Am I really ready? Are you?