Something to hang your hat on. I couldn’t help but laugh when I thought of this old saying. I remember when men I worked with talked about how one day carpenters would earn £20 per week. One man said, “Now that’s summat yer can hang yer ‘at on.” Of course rates of pay generally back then were only just enough to pay the bills and buy the essentials. What was needed wasn’t a fancy tool cupboard but somewhere to hang saws you used minute by minute and the most practical place was just to the right of the vise if, like me, you are right-hand dominant.
Saws can be difficult to keep track of without cluttering up the bench top and they need to be close to hand and free and ready for action. Actual hooks are usually a pain to retrieve the saws from. Through the years I’ve settled on screws through polyethylene tubing. As a semi-rigid tube it flexes yet cushions the saws and at the same time the screw threads don’t score and scar the inside of the handles. Get the angle just right and they nestle there ready to hand as needed throughout the day. Works great. Cut the tubing to about 1 1/4″. That’s how much the screw protrudes out from the bench. You don’t want them sticking out too much as they will snag you when you least want them to. Set the screw enough that the countersunk head seats just inside the tube and forms a bugle shape.