Thursday, June 6, 2013

How to Organizing your Tools with DIY Modular Magnetic Strips

I'm not the most organized person by nature. But the more organized I get, the more I realize how important it is for productivity. The more organized I am, the more productive I am, plain and simple. I've been looking for a way to be more organized with my tools. Before today I kept them in some random bins if they were for a specific project, or in my toolbox if they were for a general purpose. But I still had difficulty finding what I needed when I needed it. I couldn't see them!

A few days ago a friend shared a link to an article on Cliff Stoll, a real life mad scientist. He's even got the hair to prove it. Here's the article. In the article there's a picture of how Cliff organizes his tools using magnetic strips. How simple!

I looked around amazon for some magStrips, but I didn't like what I found. They were expensive, and none of them were modular. I like modular. So I looked around craft stores and home improvement stores and came up with a jaw dropping DIY modular solution!

First, I needed a surface to mount the magnetic strips. I created a frame from pine 1X2s to support a panel of Tempered Service Perf.

I then bought 100 0.5in diameter 1/16in thick Neodymium magnates.

I made a 5 layer sandwich of:
  • 0.5in X 1/8in steel flat
  • magnets spaced 1in apart
  • 0.5in steel tube
  • magnets
  • steel flat

I then printed ends that snapped into the center of the steel tube and hooked into the perf board. Here's the part, if you wanted to print it:

Since the magnetic strips are perf board compatible, and since I have a wall of perf board now, I can arrange them in any way I need. I can also use any of the existing perf board hardware, like hooks and baskets. Here's the finished product:

If you found this info helpful, let me know! If you have tricks you use to organize your tools and your workspace, I'd love to hear them!


  1. lol,

    the best tool is the knife on the lower left corner ;)

    regards, Oliver

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