Garden Tool Rack





Introduction: Garden Tool Rack

About: I am a senior laboratory technician in a analytical facility by day and by night I make and fix things. I prefer to work with wood but will give anything a go. I also enjoy gardening and an kept busy by my ...

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.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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

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

Step 2: Marking Up

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

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

The Rack was mounted simply with screw onto the frame of the shed.

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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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what is the measurement in between the slots for placing the tools?

what is the measurement in between the slots for placing the tools?

Good idea to go with 4 uprights. What center on center spacing did you decide on for the angled slots? Thanks!

Good ideal. In the United States, where we're still stuck in the metrology Dark Ages, wall studs are normally spaced 16 inches (406.4 mm) on center. By doing what you did, the rack will accommodate short, D-handle tools as well.

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. :)

The technical term for what you call a "flat shovel" is most likely a "transfer shovel" — square tip, flat bottom and upturned sides. It's not meant for digging. The purpose of a transfer shovel is to move loose material, such as sand and gravel, e.g., scoop it up from a pile on the ground and put it into a wheelbarrow, etc.

transfer shovel.jpg

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. :)

Thank you! I can't wait to have the opportunity this summer to attempt to make it. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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How exciting

This is something my husband would make! Thanks for sharing!

Simple, effective and brilliant, good job. Works a hell of a lot better than standing them in the corner. Thanks for the submission.