I took my inspiration from the poster display frames I have frequently seen in discount stores. Each poster is in a steel frame back-to-back with another. Each frame is hinged. The viewer can flip them side-to-side, like pages in a book, in order to see all of them. The garden tools on this custom rack are perpendicular to the wall. Their supports swivel left to right and vice-versa. I made a couple of extra hanger sections so my wife can add more tools as time goes by, if she needs to do so.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- 20 feet of 3/8 inch steel concrete reinforcement bar
- 3/16 inch rod
- 82 inches of angle iron
- #10 or greater sheet metal screws for mounting to the wall
- Various piece of scrap wood
- Grinding wheel and grinder (unless you wish to use the angle head grinder)
- Angle head grinder and cutting wheel
- Electric drill and bits for steel
- Measuring rule
I cut a low-profile acute triangle to be used as a form for cutting pieces of reinforcement bar uniformly and tack welding for repeatable results. The ruler in the photo gives an idea of scale. The exact dimensions are not critical. Make them suit your needs. When finished tack welding, remove the wooden triangle form and finish the welds.
Step 2: Add the Cradle for the Tools
Step 3: Add Outer Retainers
Step 4: The Mount
Here you see the angle iron pieces back-to-back. They are clamped together. I placed a piece of masking tape at the approximate location of each swivel hole. Then I measured more precisely and made marks on the masking tape for drilling holes. These holes will be a bit more than 3/8 inch in diameter.
Step 5: Assembly
Reinforcement bar has irregularities on its surface. I ground some of these smooth so the ends on the opposite side of the triangle can fit into the holes and move easily. Here you can see some of the hanger sections swiveled to the left and some to the right.
Step 6: Square the Swivels With the Angle Iron
I two cut pieces of reinforcement bar to fit between the angle iron pieces and welded them in place. After finishing that, the assembly is permanently welded together.
Step 7: Hang and Use
I will take this garden tool rack down and paint it.
When my wife needs to remove a garden tool, she can push those next to it away to one side or the other and have good access for removing it from its hanger.
This rack is versatile and solves the problem of not enough wall space for all of the tools to be hung. It takes a little longer to build, but it is worth the extra effort.