Make a simple tool holder

Make a simple tool holder

Most of us have misplaced a pair of pliers on the workbench, especially when you have limited space. Here is a simple solution, and I mean simple. You should be able to build this out of a scrap piece of wood in about 5 minutes.

It’s just a 2×4 block with 1/2″ holes drilled in at regular intervals (Forstner bit makes nice flat bottoms), spaced for the at-rest width of my pliers handles and as close together as is easy to reach in and pluck out the one I want.

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6 thoughts on “Make a simple tool holder

  1. MadScott says:

    I’ve used an even *simpler* version for years: Drill a single hole to hold each pair of pliers with the handles hanging open and away from your the back of your workbench, that way you can just pick them up from the side and they’re ready to use.

  2. Capitan Obvious says:

    If your workbench is less than 1″ thick, get a 1″ binder clip from your work (or you could buy them) and clip it to the side of your desk. Stick the tool through the ‘handles’ and sha-zam. 3-second tool holder.

  3. Dennise says:


    It is a great way to do a tool holder. Thanks!

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