My latest project was to take the hammer holder that I got at Metalmeet and make
it better. The stand works very well but it doesn't use the space very well. I'm very
short on space in my garage. I wanted something that could keep all my hammers and
clamps in one place and would make them all easily accessible. Wrestling with a box
of hammers is not my cup of tea. I decided that I was smarter than that box.
This is what I started with:
Empty it looks like this:
It needed a second level that would spin easily. I tried a couple of different
lazy-susan bearing plates but none of them worked very well under load. a box
of hammers and clamps and vicegrips is HEAVY.
I decided to use a planetary gear set left over from a parts tranny I had and
welded it to an axel I had laying about. If it could move a car this should be no big deal. Plus I wanted it to spine VERY easily.
Next I fabbed up a nice hat for it out of 1/8" plate:
Then I welded the other part of the planetary gear to the underside:
Then I added some rods that were extras from a bucket of pegboard hooks
I got a long time ago (Please do not laugh too loudly at the welds):
Here it is with its hat on. I bolted the second deck on instead of welding
it just in case the idea didn't work. I didn't want to screw up a pretty good
I took it outside and added a nice shiny coat of Metallic Blue paint.
I mean ya gotta have some bling, right?
Then I brought it in and loaded it up:
The most used hammers and dollies get places of honor on the front row:
The rest sit in the bleachers:
The top carousel spins with one finger. The planetary gear REALLY worked well.
The final part of the project will be to attach a mid-level holder for dollies.
AND BEST OF ALL THERE IS STILL SPACE FOR MORE TOOLS!!!!!
The PERFECT project!