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Which garden tool holder looks most promising? Here are 4 designs - I'd really appreciate any input! Answered

I've included 4 sketches of some designs that I am considering building.  As scary as it sounds, I have more - just had not taken few minutes to sketch them all!    I would like to have a design which is flexible and effective.  Other commercial racks that I have used have not been up to the task.   For easy of identification, I have labeled each of the sketches A-B-C- and D.

Thank you for any suggestions or comments.  I'm sure I'll do full blown instructable on at least one of them.... Or with your help - something even better!



Best Answer 6 years ago

In my imagination it seems easiest to get the idea of drawing A working. Others on the first glance (I probably did not understand every detail precisely) might pose more problems with achieving sufficient rigidity and friction (especially when tools have slightly different diameter handles). More pieces (B, D) means more precison measurement and force problems to solve it seems to me. Maybe I missed something but I can't see a force on C that would push the wire against the handle...

The A drawing only might need stronger attachement for rubber than just a screw - the rubber thingy could sit halfway on a shelf-like structure and then less stiff rubber can be used and the grooves excluded. I actually quite like that idea of yours.

Liba, Also thanks for the mention about using an additional support for the exterior most point of the screw. That seems like that could be done without too much grief.

Thanks for the comments!
I wish I could take credit for Design A - but that concept is available commercially. I had a couple like it - but mine had plastic housing instead of metal. They cracked under pressure.

On B, that design does allow for about 3/8" play on each "roller".
I believe with some trial and error, I could probably make that one work with most of my tools.

On C - I think you may be right - I have not really experimented with that one much. It may not clamp enough. Maybe with some sort of spring to pull it back by default. Now, it's sounding messy.

On D - I believe that one can handle a great deal of presser and also accomodate a wide range of pole diameters.

I'm probably leaning back toward A - have been working up some simple ideas to replace the rubber cam with something homegrown.

In my opionion the first one looks like the easyest to build and th second loks like the most convenient. I woul build the second one.

Thanks David,

I've messed around with A some and it looks very promising. I used a solid dowel rod instead of rubber.

I probably will follow through with B also. I have done preliminary work on it also.

Why not keep it real simple. Drill holes in the handles of the tools and hang on a nice big nail in the wall. Works wonders and you can put the holes whereever on the handle you want to make it adjustable.


6 years ago

First, nice drawings, are you a pro? Next, I am something of a minimalist and these seem to be an example of the "better mouse trap" paradigm. Complexity doesn't always mean better. If you can provide some information on why they are advantageous over a hook or ring, a metal spring clip, etc. you'll likely get better feedback on a specific design that people might adopt.

Burf, Thanks for the kind words. Not a graphics pro - actually - scary as this is - I'm a financial advisor.

I do tend to agree with you that less is more - I'm sort of got running off on tangents by complicating designs.

I've got some of those hooks which are rubber dipped eyelettes attached to a pivot. In my experience - I've had trouble manipulating them - maybe I'm too impatient. Spring Clip might be a legitimate alternative - frankly just never tried them.

The main reason I'm after a design of this genre, is that it (should) allow for one hand access, heavy load capacity, and the ability to vertically stagger tools. What I mean is that if I was to line up shovels with heads at same horizontal spot, then I waste a lot of wall space. If I have some up and some lower etc... I can get more on the wall.

They all look a bit complex for one-handed use (which is what I would expect from a tool rack).

Why not just turn the tools head-up and hang them on pairs of hooks?