I have a bunch of try/combination squares that I would like to store/hang in my work area but I cannot figure out a good system. Can someone recommend a good method to keep combination squares readily available and protect them from getting damaged? I would like to have at least the following within reach of my bench:

  • 1 × 6 inch try square
  • 2 × 12 inch try square(s)
  • 2 × 12 inch combination square(s)
  • 1 × 24 inch protractor square
  • 1 × 24 inch straight edge / ruler (bonus points)

Updated information to address question:

I do have a pegboard in front of my bench. That is what is so confounding. I have not been able to think of a way to securely store/hang them on the peg board. Despite the existence of the peg board answers do not need to utilize the pegboard.

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    Do you have a spot for pegboard over/near the bench?
    – bib
    Sep 18, 2013 at 13:42

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If all your tools are steel or other ferromagnetic material, I would try something like this:

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It's a magnetic knife holder that you should be able to buy at any kitchen store.

Alternatively, you could build something along the lines of a traditional knife block by glue-laminating pieces of wood and leaving appropriate gaps for each square. Although, some types of squares might not fit.

  • Yes, but what about aluminum or plastic?
    – bib
    Sep 18, 2013 at 15:03
  • Is that better? Sep 18, 2013 at 15:06
  • You already got the +1, but yes. And to be fair, you gave him alternatives that are material neutral.
    – bib
    Sep 18, 2013 at 15:28
  • Has anyone used a magnet strip like this on a pegboard? I am curious if it becomes a hassle with other metal tools nearby?
    – dfc
    Sep 18, 2013 at 16:01
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    For plastic or non-ferrous tools you could use binder clips, which will stick to the magnet, and can clip the square.
    – barclay
    Sep 19, 2013 at 19:21

I built a custom tool holder that works pretty well. Woodsmith had a good article on pegboard holders: http://www.woodsmithshop.com/download/211/pegboardrack.pdf

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    – BMitch
    Dec 29, 2013 at 12:02

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