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Picture of A New Paradigm Rack for Garden Tools
We do not have enough garage wall space to store my wife's garden tools, especially not in the traditional manner where each is flat against the wall and next to one another. 

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.
 
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Step 1: Materials and tools

Materials
  • 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)
Tools
  • Angle head grinder and cutting wheel
  • Electric drill and bits for steel
  • Measuring rule
  • Welder
  • Square
  • Screwdriver
  • Level
I like concrete reinforcement bar because it is very available, cheap to buy, and welds easily.

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

Picture of Add the cradle for the tools
The cradle for each pair of tools begins with two pieces of reinforcement bar 4 1/2 inches long each. Center them on the base of the triangle and weld them with a 2 inch gap between the pieces of rod. As much as possible, keep the two pieces level and on the same plane.
antioch1 year ago
Awesome! Just wish I had a welder...
Phil B (author)  antioch1 year ago
Thank you. I never expected to have a welder, but now I do. I do not know if you had a welding course in school, or not; but, take a look at another Instructable I did on Learning to Weld. See especially the last step (#19) for some options on home built welders from various scrap items. However, in my experience, you can get a better deal by patiently waiting and watching things like e-Bay, Craigslist, classified advertisements, flea markets, and estate sales for a good used welder. Keep your ear to the ground and let friends know you are looking. 
rimar20001 year ago
Phil, You are a very neat and tidy person. In this we are different.

Good and strong design, I guess what your great-grandchildren will use it during the 22nd century.
Phil B (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Thank you, but my wife usually rolls her eyes when she discovers I am writing another Instructable. My kids are a lot like their mother in that way. I may be like J S Bach. His music was not really appreciated until 200 years after his death.

I am not as tidy as you might think. I have many things in piles. Usually I do know what is in those piles, though.
Yes, EXACTLY like Bach!!


Phil B (author)  atlantica1 year ago
;-)
ToyMaker1 year ago
Took me a couple reads to figure out what is a "paradigm rack" but I got it :) .
Now I'm having a head-slap moment saying to self "Why didn't I think of that?"
My 7x7 foot garden shed is full-to-bursting with lawn mower, tiller, leaf shredder,
barbeque, and sundry hand tools stacked in the corners. Have to figure out how to do this without a welder.
Great implementation of a great idea - well done!
Phil B (author)  ToyMaker1 year ago
I contemplated different ways to indicate the rack involves a new paradigm without the phraseology sounding as if it were a rack for hanging new paradigms, and doing it within the limits of the half-dozen words. I apologize for the confusion.

This rack could be very helpful in your garden shed. I thought a little about how to do this without a welder. My thought is to mount a couple of 2 x 4s on the wall in place of the angle iron from a bed frame. In place of the triangles made from reinforcement bar, cut pieces of 3/4 inch plywood, either rectangles or rectangles with a triangular piece sliced off of the front bottom corner and mount these to the 2 x 4s with hinges that are free to move both to the left or the right. Standard garden tool hooks with attached lag screw threads could be screwed into the plywood, one from each side. It would be a little bulky, but it would solve the problem of no welder.

By the way, I never expected to have a welder and did all sorts of things for many years to get around not having a welder. But, once I had a welder I was amazed at how much and how often I use it. If you have a place where you can use one, you will use it enough to more than justify having one, especially a 120 volt wire feed welder.

Thank you for your comment.
I love rebar. You used it really well in your project, its a material you know will stand up to anything. Clever design, nice post.
Phil B (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Thank you very much.