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Ryobi tool holder from 2x4 and oak dowels



I saw the May Ryobi Nation Intermediate winner, a Ryobi One+ Tool Storage Center, and decided I wanted to build something simpler, adding the ability to store tools either with or without batteries.
I cut the main 2x4 as 30” long - I choose this to hold a total of 6 tools along the length, then I added 2 “ears” - two 9” lengths of 2x4 to add 4 more spots, plus the ability to hold bigger tools like my circular saw, rotary cutter, Airstrike and JobPlus.
For hanging Ryobi tools, I found that ½” diameter oak dowel spaced 2” apart from center to center fits almost everything. The exceptions are the palm sander and rotary trimmer. For those two, I found that 2.75” worked fine. 12 holes along the 30” 2x4 did the trick, leaving 4” free at each end for the ears. To give the oak dowels a little upward bias, I angled the 2x4 board while drilling, using just a ⅛” thick piece of laminate. See my drilling jig in the photos. This isn’t needed for workshop use, but helps in a mobile tool rack, so you decide.
To create the side ears, I drilled ½” holes in the center of the 2x4 pieces and used a 3” section of oak dowel, one for each ear, with a little wood glue, pegging each. I used my drill to add two 3” long deck screws, one above and one below the dowel.
Dowels cut: 12 at 5” each, 4 at 3.25” for the inside of the ears, 4 at 4” for outside of ears, and 2 at 3” each for joining ears to the body.
I painted the whole assembly in a fluorescent green, and secured it to my tool wall with 4 deck screws.

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  • Wow you definitely put a lot of planning into this storage solution! Thanks for sharing all the details and measurements with RYOBI Nation!
    By RYOBI NATION, on July 30, 2018

  • Is the pegboard used as part of your storage part?
    Thanks 
    By Lionhart09, on August 12, 2018
    • Good question - no, the pegboard is just a handy surface that I mount to, and of course, good for related items in my shop.  But the Ryobi tool storage I've made could mount on any wall. It's best to screw it into studs, and with 30" overall length, you should be able to land on 2 studs anywhere you want to put it- not necessarily centered over studs, either.
      By CustomWebProgrammer, on August 15, 2018

  • the painting, what kind of green is it?
    where did you buy it?
    By Tripulante69, on October 12, 2018
    • This is Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch spray paint+primer, Gloss Key Lime. I got it at Home Depot as a 2X ultra cover can.  
      By CustomWebProgrammer, on October 17, 2018

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Ryobi tool holder from 2x4 and oak dowels

by CustomWebProgrammer
Jul 29, 2018
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I saw the May Ryobi Nation Intermediate winner, a Ryobi One+ Tool Storage Center, and decided I wanted to build something simpler, adding the ability to store tools either with or without batteries. I cut the main 2x4 as 30” long - I choose this to hold a total of 6 tools along the length, then I added 2 “ears” - two 9” lengths of 2x4 to add 4 more spots, plus the ability to hold bigger tools like my circular saw, rotary cutter, Airstrike and JobPlus. For hanging Ryobi tools, I found that ½” diameter oak dowel spaced 2” apart from center to center fits almost everything. The exceptions are the palm sander and rotary trimmer. For those two, I found that 2.75” worked fine. 12 holes along the 30” 2x4 did the trick, leaving 4” free at each end for the ears. To give the oak dowels a little upward bias, I angled the 2x4 board while drilling, using just a ⅛” thick piece of laminate. See my drilling jig in the photos. This isn’t needed for workshop use, but helps in a mobile tool rack, so you decide. To create the side ears, I drilled ½” holes in the center of the 2x4 pieces and used a 3” section of oak dowel, one for each ear, with a little wood glue, pegging each. I used my drill to add two 3” long deck screws, one above and one below the dowel. Dowels cut: 12 at 5” each, 4 at 3.25” for the inside of the ears, 4 at 4” for outside of ears, and 2 at 3” each for joining ears to the body. I painted the whole assembly in a fluorescent green, and secured it to my tool wall with 4 deck screws.