Long Handled Swinging Tool Rack




Introduction: Long Handled Swinging Tool Rack

About: I grew up on a farm where we had to be very self sufficient and DIY. Hard work and making and fixing what we had or needed is a way of life.

I needed a storage method for all my long Handled tools. I searched the Web and pinterist and actually found some cool stuff. I actually almost went with a design I found here on ibles that is a vertical rack with slots cut to hold the tools. It is written by pudtiny. Definitely check it out.

My rack utilizes the space between the posts in my post frame building to create a back rack for less used tools.

Then to double storage I created a front rack that is on hinges that swings out to a cess the rear. The swing rack is on caster wheels to balence weight.

Step 1: Materials

I built this out of a few 2x4s a 2x6 and scrap bits. Plus I used 4 door hinges and some casters I rescued from a desk that had been thrown out.

Tools needed is a saw and a drill or screw driver.

Step 2: Back Storage Area

This is simply a board across the top and bottom (sorry bottom board isn't in photo) in between two frame posts to hold the back layer of tools.

Step 3: Layout Swing Rack

The swing rack is designed like a deep box with a narrow top that swings like a saloon door.

It consists of a 2x4 that lays flat on the bottom, 2x4 sides and then the vertical sides make the short edges of the box on top that keeps the handles.

I put the casters on the bottom to help with weight. They are probably not needed but I had them just laying around.

Step 4: Offset Top

These detail photos show how the top of the swing rack is offset to clear the back hilder board and the post it's mounted to.

Step 5: Mount to Wall

I used 2x4s to build out the post flush with the 2x6 that holds the back tools.

I used hinges on the top and bottom to hold up the swing rack. The bottom hinge was attached to the floor 2x6. The top hinge was attached above the back bar 2x6 so that it would overlap.

Step 6: Fill It Up

Last step is to fill it up full of tools. I can say it does hold a lot but I may rebuild the swing part with a 2x6 bottom to make it a little wider for rakes and things.

Even full of tools the swing racks move easily and nothing has fell out yet.

So far this seems to be a great solution for my tools. I like it a lot. I will have to keep rearranging it until it suits my needs perfect but that will come with more use.

Thanks for checking it out.

Step 7: Bonus Storage

Just a few other storage things. Mainly my custom holders for weed trimmer and leaf blower.

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    3 years ago

    This definitively is a great idea for storing those 'allways falling over' long handled garden tools.

    Great job!


    4 years ago

    Why didn't I think of that? Brilliant design. Thanks TJ. I know what I'll be doing this weekend.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Right on, thanks