DIY Plier Rack (Benchtop)

DIY Plier Rack

In my last post, I mentioned the obstacles I needed to overcome before really beginning my new project.

Here’s one of them:

Problem Drawer

When I put the first tool in this drawer it wasn’t a problem. Or the second tool.

But, eventually, it became a problem. A super annoying problem. Not only can I not tell which tool I’m grabbing out of the drawer, the handles get stuck in the area above the drawer and, quite effectively, “lock” the drawer shut. Requiring all sorts of mechanizations for me just to open the drawer — mechanizations which usually end up in blood loss and amazing amounts of profanity.

This has been driving me bonkers for years.

But I didn’t want to spend any money on a “pliers rack” so I started googling DIY solutions. Fortunately, I found Embergrass Jewelry’s mat board “triangular” solution.

Not having any mat board, I opted for cardboard. I always have boxes lying about and it seemed like an easy “what free materials will I use” solution.

I was ready to start cutting/folding when I noticed the highlighted piece.


Perfect! Very little cutting and it’s pre-folded (meaning, less work for me and inevitably straighter fold lines).

cardboard box solution

Now, because I know my propensity for knocking things off the edges of other things and just knocking things over in general, I made two modifications to Embergrass’ design: 1) End stops; and 2) Weight.

DIY Plier Rack Supplies

The extra bits of cardboard are my “end stops” and the pennies? Those are my super cheap (and favorite) means of adding weight to a project.

I glued the pennies in place, but not wanting to wait for the glue to dry — nobody ever wants to wait for the glue to dry — I added a layer of tape.

Weighted DIY Plier Rack

Then I sealed the whole bit up with tape.

DIY Plier Rack

And then it was time for, you guessed it, some Mod Podge and some pages from an old, unimportant (yes, I checked, I always check) book. I believe I paid $0.50 for the book (thank you, Thrift Shop).

DIY Plier Rack

After I covered the entire piece with book pages, I hit it with some stain and paint and presto-chango, a sturdy, weighted, DIY Plier Rack — for pennies.*

*ya see what I did there?

DIY Plier Rack

5 comments for “DIY Plier Rack (Benchtop)

  1. Rosemarie Grant
    June 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    OMG what an idea. I also have the same problem, and as soon as I can see the top of my work station I’m going to make one of these. This tut is going on my P site at once. Thanks so much

  2. Barbara Robinson
    June 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    That’s a fantastic idea, thank you for sharing it, I’m going to trawl eBay for some pliers like your green one’s, they look great.
    Barbara UK

    • Jivvy
      June 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Barbara, if I knew where I got those pliers, I would definitely tell you. Unfortunately, it was quite some time ago and the brain data was either deleted or corrupted. I just can’t access it. 😉

  3. Carolyn
    June 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Well, in this case a penny for my thoughts just would not be enough *I saw what you did there*! I love, love, love projects that have the scrounge factor and you are famously so good at them.
    I am digging the sneak peak into those library card like drawers you have, are those Mr Jivy originals?

  4. Jivvy
    June 18, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    The drawers are not quite a Mr. Jivvy original (good on you for remembering Mr. Jivvy’s carpentry skills), but they were a gift from Mr. Jivvy.

    Can’t remember what year it was, but one Christmas, after watching me toil hunched over a folding table for much too long, Mr. Jivvy presented me with a “jeweler’s bench” (purchased, not handmade).

    One of my top favorite Christmas presents, ever..

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