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Garden Tool Rack

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This is a guide to making a cheap and simple garden tool rack. This one is for my dad's shed and keeps all the tools safely of the floor.
 
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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Materials:
The rack was made from the offcuts from the framework of the shed its standard studwork timber (38mmx63mm).

Tools: 
32mm spade bit
Pillar drill
Compound Mitre Saw
Sandpaper
Wood Stain or your choice of finish
Square
Centre Punch
Pencil or marking knife

Step 2: Marking Up

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My rack needed to hold 7 tools and the rack has 150mm spacings between the centres. By careful placement of the tools everything fits. See diagram for marking up. The centres were marked with a punch to aid drilling.

Step 3: Drilling and Cutting

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When drilling with a spade bit I find it best to drill 90% of the way and then flip the wood and finish the hole from the other side, this creates less breakout.

Once all the the holes were drilled the mitre saw was set to 28o and the cuts then made.

All rough edges were then sanded and a coat of stain was given ( I had some blue spare)


Step 4: Finish Rack mounted and Populated

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The Rack was mounted simply with screw onto the frame of the shed.
AngryRedhead5 months ago
Thank you so much for this!

This weekend my husband and I made these with a few modifications.  We already had a 2x4 mounted to the wall for mounting clothesline hooks, so we notched the boards to accommodate it which actually made for a handy rail for mounting.  Then we notched the bottom of the boards to make securing them easier.  Making 4 of them and spacing them 18" apart gave us more flexibility as far as the variety of tools we're able to hang.

Again, thank you!  We're in love with our new storage!
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Your spades are very American :)
What makes a SHOVEL American? :P
Ours are flatter and less pointy.
Oh. That's weird. My favorite shovel is the one with the green head since it can move a lot of dirt, but we do have a flat shovel and a drain spade.

For what it's worth, our garden forks are made in England. :)
pudtiny (author)  AngryRedhead3 months ago
In England traditionally Spade = flat blade for digging and a Shovel = deeper wider blade for moving loose material. By changing the head shape to a point instead of the wide blade you now have a digging tool that can hold a lot. The long handle is great for less strain on your back I find.
That makes sense because I call the flat headed ones "spades" as well but lump them all together as shovels. :P

I learned a really neat trick on "Gardening By the Yard" where you can determine how much soil a shovel can move by placing it on the ground and standing on the head. The steeper the angle, the more soil it can move. So if the handle barely leaves the ground, it's not going to move much. I tested it out on my shovels, and go figure that my favorite shovel has the steepest angle.

Just sharing because I think it's a really neat trick. :)
pudtiny (author)  AngryRedhead3 months ago
Great tip, thanks for sharing
pudtiny (author)  AngryRedhead5 months ago
Nice job, glad I could inspire you
pudtiny (author) 1 year ago
This one made it over to Lifehacker:
http://lifehacker.com/5955463/simple-garden-tool-rack?

How exciting
sunshiine1 year ago
This is something my husband would make! Thanks for sharing!
Sunshiine
DoDo7291 year ago
Simple, effective and brilliant, good job. Works a hell of a lot better than standing them in the corner. Thanks for the submission.
pudtiny (author)  DoDo7291 year ago
Thanks
ilpug1 year ago
Great simple design, very effective. I made one like it for my bows a a few years back.

Now you will always know where the hoe's at.
P71Ryan1 year ago
Awesome idea, I was thinking of just cutting 2x4's diagonally and mounting them in the same fashion. This is very clean though.
This came out great! I may try a tiny version to hold some of my knitting tools!
pudtiny (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
it should be easy to scale, post a photo if you do
rimar20001 year ago
Good work! All tidy and aesthetic.
pudtiny (author)  rimar20001 year ago
thanks
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