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Hammer stand

I have been looking for or trying to design a stand to hold my
hammers. I want something that can hold 15 - 20 hammers, sit on the
floor near where I am working, be relatively easily moved from place
to place and hold up well. Does anyone have such a beast in their
studio? If so, would you mind sharing it’s construction or design? I
also have several stakes I am looking for a way to contain. Any
suggestions welcome!

Thanks in advance for any help!
Deb Jemmott

I still have some “refinement” to do, but I recently made a hammer
stand based on a cube-type milk crate. I built a wood grid to fit
over the crate, with varying widths between the wood pieces. Easily
picked up and moved or transported. Pics or drawings in a day or so.
Could be adapted for stakes as well. A limitation is the length of
the handle. I also have another, larger stand for blacksmith’s
hammers. I’ll take pics of it as well, weather permitting.

Hi Deb,

I haven’t built it yet, but I have a scheme for one that I’ve been
plotting for a while.

Go get one of those wire-grid shelves from costco. The big $90 ones
with the wheels, that’re about 6 feet tall, by 24x48 or so.

BewaRe: the wheels are only good for 600 pounds total. I found
that out the hard way when trying to move this summer. Smashed the
wheels out from under three or four of them.

Build the shelf only half way high. (One pipe high, instead of two)
That’ll put the top shelf at about waist level. Put in another shelf
at the bottom, and a third in the middle.

Then get bolt cutters or a hacksaw, and cut out every second of the
long wires that make up the length of the shelves. That’l leave you
with a shelf with a long bunch of channels to hang hammers in, and
wheels under it. If you’ve got stakes, do the same thing to the
second shelf, and you’ll have somewhere to hang them as well. It’ll
be plenty rigid. If you don’t need it to move, skip the wheels, and
do the same thing to both sets of pipes that come with the shelf
unit. (building a pair of waist high units.) Alternately, you can
get new wheels for the other unit, but the wheels themselves run
about $90-125 for good ones. (ask me how I know that…)

Hope that helps


Check our Jeffrey Herman of SAS Silversmith. He has the coolest
hammer stand I have ever seen, and does he ever have hammers


I don’t own one of these but found this while looking for something

Deb, I use PVC pipe for my hammers and some of my files. Different
diameters for different size handles. I use Gorilla glue to stick
them together. If you wish, contact me offline and I can send a
photo of one of my benches where I use this.

John Barton

I was just thinking that perhaps a sheet of plywood/plexigrass with
holes for the hammers over a plastic bin or even a 5 gallon paint
bucket. The piece of plywood/plexiglass should sit just inside of the
bin or bucket that way with the bin you could cover the top and keep
your hammers from rusting. With the Bucket you could make a cover out
of fabric to keep them from rusting also but either one should be
easier to carry as the bucket or bin is plastic and both have

Hello Dab,

How about a modified shoe stand on wheels?

Jeff Herman

Deborah - I found some intriguing storage solutions in the Jeweler’s
Bench Handbook (Orchid in Print), specifically David Baird’s vertical
drawer pictured on page 34 - his is a fixed drawer, but a
freestanding copy with 4 wheels could be moved easily thoughout the
studio. Good luck, and let us know what you come up with!

Susan “Sam” Kaffine


I saw these online; they’re more like work station/platforms with
hammer hangers. Perhaps the pictures are good to stimulate some
design ideas for do-it-yourselfers… The first one is commercially
available; second one is a DIY and is mobile:

Rio Grande has two sizes of a kind (with a place for mandrels) that
attach to the side of a work bench. Doing a search for "hammer stand"
on their web site will show them.

Another way would be to use two dowel rods mounted into two end
pieces, perhaps with a side bar (kind of like how the Rio G.
organizer has, to attach to a work bench). The hammers would hang
with the heads suspended on the dowel rods; the rods could be angled
slightly apart from one another in order to accommodate some hammers
with handles that are larger/thicker at one end of the stand. I
suppose one could also mount this kind of a hammer hanger on a stand
with a round base - either with or without wheels, for a caddy-like
jig, although a round design, rather than rectangular, might be more
workable for that.

Anyway, these are a few ideas.
Charlie Thomas

I would get sooooo dizzy trying to find the right hammer! :~)

I would get sooooo dizzy trying to find the right hammer! :~) 

I used to but then I stopped spinning in circles while I was looking
for hammers and that fixed it.

My brilliant studiomate found one of those folding bookcases
(wooden) in someone’s trash pickup. It was old and had a broken
shelf. Like this one from Staples - Staples[tm] Solid Wooden
Bookcase, 3-Shelf, Open Top

She replaced the shelves with two pair of 1x2s and a couple of
blocks for stability, and spaced the 1x2s far enough apart for my
hammer handles to go through. Voila! A small, two level hammer rack
that sits on the floor by my right hand. It is easy to move out of
the way as needed, it holds at least twenty of my hammers.

Quick, easy, and the sort of thing you’ll find at yard sales and
thrift shops.

At my house, it’s a piece of the heavier plastic mesh fencing, as
for deer fencing, eg.


I had a hammer stand made for me a few years ago.

It has a pair of rails about 30" that the hammer heads rest on,
uprights between them near the ends, a crossbar between the uprights
near the base, and two feet at the bottom about 1’ wide for
stability. It holds most of my forming hammers. There are usually
about 10 hammers, and mallets at my bench. The collection keeps