tool-cloud-build

Today we’re going to build what I’m calling a “Tool Cloud”. It’s essentially a floating tool organization and storage platform that hovers over your workbench.

Check out the video.

This is the video showing how I built this woodworking organization project. Otherwise known as the “tool cloud”.

If you’d like to see more on this project, there’s a full build article below. Check it.

And here’s how I built the tool cloud.

First off, here’s a link to a simple set of plans for the project. It isn’t a detailed cut list or anything, just a computer model to help you conceptualize the project. Each woodworking shop organization cloud is going to be unique to the woodworking shop and woodworker. Right?

Tool Cloud Plans

Tool Cloud Plans LinkI’ve drawn a set of rough plans for this woodworking organization tool cloud. It’s a really simple build for anyone that has a few tools and a little woodworking experience

The thing I really wanted to show you was the webbing attachment I used to hold the cloud up above the woodworking bench. I used 550 paracord, and it’s surprisingly sturdy once it has weight on it. Yet, if I need to, I can remove all the tools and easily raise it up and out of the way of larger projects.

Rip down the pieces.

I ripped down some poplar on the table saw to make up all of the pieces for the tool cloud.

Start by ripping down the tool cloud pieces.

Start by ripping down the tool cloud pieces.

Cut your pieces to length.

I cut all of my pieces to length on the miter saw.

Cut the pieces to length.

Cut the pieces to length.

Lay out the fasteners.

I then laid out where I would pre drill to attach the pieces with screws.

Layout the sides for pre drilling locations.

Layout the sides for pre drilling locations.

Pre-drill for screws.

I pre-drilled and counter sunk some holes for screws. The counter sink hides the head of the crew flush with the top of the wood.

Pre drill the center faces of the long boards.

Pre drill the center faces of the long boards.

Attach the pieces with screws.

I then attached the pieces of the tool cloud with sheetrock screws. Because they’re cheap.

Attach the pieces with two screws at each joint.

Attach the pieces with two screws at each joint.

Attach the eye bolts on the ceiling.

I laid out and attached the eye bolts on the ceiling. Check out the plans for an idea of how I laid this out.

Measure out the eye bolt locations on the ceiling and on the tool cloud.

Measure out the eye bolt locations on the ceiling and on the tool cloud.

Lay out the eye hooks on the tool cloud.

Again, check the plans for how I did this.

Measure and lay out the locations of the eye bolts.

Measure and lay out the locations of the eye bolts.

Pre-drill for eye bolts.

I pre-drilled in the ceiling and on the tool cloud for the eye hooks.

Predrill holes for the eye bolts.

Predrill holes for the eye bolts.

Attach the eye bolts.

I used an awl to help me turn the eye bolts both in the ceiling and into the tool cloud.

Tighten the eye bolts on the tool cloud and the ceiling.

Tighten the eye bolts on the tool cloud and the ceiling.

Cut some grooves for the saw rack.

This is my Japanese hand saw rack I am cutting some grooves for. You’ll see how it works in a minute.

Cut some angled grooves for the hand saw rack.

Cut some angled grooves for the hand saw rack.

Cut some grooves for the clamp rack.

This is similar to the saw rack, but it’s for woodworking clamps.

Cut some grooves in the clamp rack.

Cut some grooves in the clamp rack.

Install the clamp and hand saw racks.

Here I’m installing the clamp and hand saw racks with drywall screws.

Install the clamp and saw racks.

Install the clamp and saw racks.

This is the finished magnet bar.

I installed magnets to hold up some of my metal tools.

This is the magnet bar over my moxon vise.

This is the magnet bar over my moxon vise.

And, the clamp racks.

This is how the clamp racks work. I have all of my 6″ & 12″ clamps on these racks and it’s so nice having them “right there” when I need them.

This is the clamp rack.

This is the clamp rack.

This is the hand saw rack.

This is how the hand saw rack works. With room for hand saw growth, of course.

This is the finished saw rack.

This is the finished saw rack.

And that’s it, this is the finished Tool Cloud.

This is what this woodworking organization project ended up looking like!

The Finished Tool Cloud

The Finished Tool Cloud

Thanks for checking this out. And we’ll see ya on the next one!

— Adam