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In a workshop, order is essential and saves valuable time. It allows you to find the tool you need immediately. The workshop panel is a good solution for storing the most common hand tools.

Fabrication of a workshop panel

The workshop panels are available either in painted steel sheet, or in raw hardwood panel (composed of fibers) or white melamine on one side. In general, they are perforated to receive different types of hooks, shape and size in connection with hanging accessories: rods, racks and even hanging boxes. Kits are commercially available comprising a perforated sheet panel, often of small size, supplied with a number of standard or specific hooks panel perforation (square perforations, for example).

Fiberboard on frame

The ideal is to have a perforated wood fiber panel, the length of the workbench (1.70 m to 2 m) and a height of 1 m maximum. Beyond this height, it becomes difficult to grasp and hang tools. In specialized shops (material dispensers), wooden panels measuring 244 x 122 cm in 3 mm thick can be cut to fit the required dimensions. In do-it-yourself superstores or on the Internet, are also offered panels of 90 x 60 cm. Three juxtaposed elements arranged in the direction of the height, are sufficient to cover the desired surface. To stiffen this type of panel, which is proposed in only 3 mm thick, it is necessary to manufacture a framework based on cleats of 20 x 20 mm. This leaves enough space at the back to allow the passage of the head of the hook on the back of the panel. The assembly of this frame is done by simple abutment, since it is concealed by the panel. The frame is firmly fixed to the wall by choosing dowels in relation to the nature of the masonry (solid or hollow wall) and the weight of the tools, then the panel is screwed through the perforations to the right of the cleats.

Precise storage of tools

The distribution of tools on the panel is quite personal and depends on DIY habits. However, care must be taken to ensure that no bulky and / or sharp tools are placed at the level of the face (and eyes), to avoid any risk of accident. Generally speaking, tools are better at being sorted by family. Once found the right distribution, it is also possible to postpone their profile on the panel. This solution is very convenient to find immediately its location after use.

Pre-drill the cleats

  • After prepunching the 20 x 20 mm battens with a wood drill bit, drill the wall for anchoring with a drill suitable for masonry.

Insert expansion metal dowels

  • The support here consists of a doubling plasterboard.
  • It is necessary to use metal anchors with expansion (Molly type), adapted to this material, which is driven hammer.

Release the screw and engage the notch in the clamp

  • Release the screw slightly, then engage the notch of the specific clamp under the screw head.
  • Forcefully tighten both handles, the ankle is fixed permanently.

Engage the screw in the pre-drilled hole

  • Remove the screw completely and position the cleat.
  • Engage the screw in the pre-drilled hole and in the thread of the dowel, then screw in without screwing the screw into the soft wood.

Fix the perforated panel in wood fibers

  • Once the various cleats forming the framework firmly in place, it remains only to cut and fix the perforated wood fiber panel.

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  • Mark the exact location of the cleats through the perforations, to fix the panel on its frame.
  • Mark the wood with a square point.

Fastening of the workshop panel

  • Tighten the anchor bolts to the screwdriver.
  • Make sure that the head of the screws covers the hole of the plate, so that the fixing is solid.

Insert the hooks in the table

  • Define the distribution of the selected tools.
  • Position the hooks and hooking accessories according to the choices made, the shape and the size of the tools.

Tips for DIYers

  • It is possible to drill the cleats and dowel holes in the wall in one and the same operation. This option is only possible if the wall is doubled in plasterboard.
  • If the electrical installation of the workshop supports it, take advantage of the installation of the workshop panel to run a chute with a series of power outlets for powering the power tool.

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