2005 - Volume #29, Issue #2, Page #37[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Low-Cost Portable Tool Rack
3/4-in. dia. metal rods are welded to the edges of each disc 2 to 3 in. apart and are used to hang the tools.
A big nut on top of the shaft keeps everything solid.
"I use it to store everything from box end wrenches to pipe wrenches and crescent wrenches," says Catron. "The 3/4-in. dia. metal rods are the broken teeth off old side delivery rakes.
He used the same idea to build bolt racks, except no rods are welded to the discs. One-way bearings were welded into the wheel hub and shaft. The discs are welded to the shaft and spaced 5 1/2 in. apart. A nut was welded on 1
1/4-in. well pipe, above and below each disc blade to hold it in place. The entire rack, as well as the individual discs, rotates freely.
"This idea makes it easy to find the right parts," says Catron. "I've made eight of these bolt racks, and they're always full because I never throw a bolt away. My neighbors have often come to me for special-sized bolts that they can't find anywhere else.
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