Introduction: 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.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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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

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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.


bit_runner made it! (author)2017-09-10

Worked well... cut the notches wider via CNC. Might work just as well and be easier to sandwich plywood with the notches around dimensional spacers that are screwed to the wall. Next time!

Sawdust and Glitter made it! (author)2017-08-20

Thanks for sharing! Perfect storage idea.

vanido made it! (author)2017-04-19

I made this a while back, I made the openings of the support in the middle a little wider so it could take two ends of the brooms and handles a better .

Great simple afternoon that helps up tidy up the space.


pudtiny (author)vanido2017-07-14

Nice job and great idea to make it double ended

gaximus made it! (author)2015-07-12

Just finished it.

pudtiny (author)gaximus2016-08-05

plenty of space for lots of tools, great job. I like the decorative ends

dwalters4 made it! (author)2015-05-31

Simple consent and easy to make. a quick afternoon project to clean up my garage. after the picture I added my snow shovel to it as well. Thanks for the guidance.

pudtiny (author)dwalters42016-08-05

looks great

pudtiny (author)dwalters42015-05-31

thanks, is always nice when people appreciate your ideas.

voiceoverbob made it! (author)2016-04-19

i made this awesome thing yesterday with a few different modifications.

not having the proper tools i instead made cradles with old pvc pipe and an extra 2x4.

i initially mounted my two 6 foot long boards flat, and then added 3 inch cut blocks. i didn't really space them according to anything... just what felt right.

then using wood screws, i secured my pvc pipe ( cut in half and in 3 inch sections) into the blocks.

this took me about 4 hours working at a patient leisurely pace figuring it out as i went along. anyone who knows what they are actually doing could have probably killed it in less time than it takes to watch a baseball game.

i was pretty impressed with myself.

tools used:
rusty old belt driven table saw
cheap cruddy drill

some old deck nails
deck wood screws
torpedo level
laser level
pvc pipe that used to be under the sink (2 inch i think)
spray paint ( for a pinch of color)

pudtiny (author)voiceoverbob2016-08-05

great idea with the pipe

panda2005 made it! (author)2016-08-05

Great project, thank you for sharing!

A nice opportunity to use a couple of planks from a palette and to keep a 11yr old nephew creatively occupied for a few hours over 2 days.
Dad gets a new, space-saving tool stand in the shed, too.
A win for everybody.

Cheers from Athens, Greece!

pudtiny (author)panda20052016-08-05

great job and a bonus to get a young person involved

AngryRedhead (author)2013-11-13

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!

guillehady (author)AngryRedhead2016-03-27

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

guillehady (author)AngryRedhead2016-03-27

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

BobS41 (author)AngryRedhead2015-08-30

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

AngryRedhead (author)BobS412015-09-11

Roughly 2" if I understand your question and measured correctly. :P

pcooper2 (author)AngryRedhead2015-03-13

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.

Jayefuu (author)AngryRedhead2014-01-08

Your spades are very American :)

AngryRedhead (author)Jayefuu2014-01-08

What makes a SHOVEL American? :P

Jayefuu (author)AngryRedhead2014-01-08

Ours are flatter and less pointy.

AngryRedhead (author)Jayefuu2014-01-08

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. :)

pcooper2 (author)AngryRedhead2015-03-13

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.

pudtiny (author)AngryRedhead2014-01-09

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.

AngryRedhead (author)pudtiny2014-01-09

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)AngryRedhead2014-01-09

Great tip, thanks for sharing

neebski (author)AngryRedhead2014-12-01

This is great! thank you for sharing!

pudtiny (author)AngryRedhead2013-11-14

Nice job, glad I could inspire you

Slim! made it! (author)2015-05-25

This was an easy solution that took almost no time at all for me. I had to use a circular saw for my cuts so it's not as clean looking, but it's a shed, right? Next time I'm going to make the slots a little bigger as some of my handles are too big.

pudtiny (author)Slim!2015-05-31

sheds are about practical not pretty, so if it works that is all that matters.

GingHeskett (author)2015-04-24

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

dhenderson9 made it! (author)2015-02-01

awesome! here's my finished rack. it's free standing because I didn't want to drill into my stucco.

pudtiny (author)2012-11-05

This one made it over to Lifehacker:

How exciting

sunshiine (author)2012-09-23

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

DoDo729 (author)2012-09-13

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)DoDo7292012-09-13


ilpug (author)2012-09-12

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.

P71Ryan (author)2012-09-11

Awesome idea, I was thinking of just cutting 2x4's diagonally and mounting them in the same fashion. This is very clean though.

audreyobscura (author)2012-09-11

This came out great! I may try a tiny version to hold some of my knitting tools!

pudtiny (author)audreyobscura2012-09-11

it should be easy to scale, post a photo if you do

rimar2000 (author)2012-09-11

Good work! All tidy and aesthetic.

pudtiny (author)rimar20002012-09-11


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