A few years ago I was fortunate enough to have some money *and* a reliable contractor, and the result was a new garage. But once it was done, I couldn't bring myself to put nails or hooks into the shiny new walls that I had just painted. So I went off to look at tool racks.
I found some freestanding racks, but they were plastic, pretty expensive and didn't seem to hold much. Then while shopping at home cheapo I saw a store display rack that looked about right, and I figured I'd try copying it. It worked out pretty well!
My design for a tool rack holds 30 garden tools in about four square feet. Plans and directions are below. I used whatever lumber was lying around. A few tips:
Please drop me a line with a picture if you build one yourself! Tell me what I forgot and I'll update this page.
|Update October 2010: Chuck of Mansfield, TX sent me a picture of this very fine rack he built using these plans. Sure looks better than mine! He reports that it cost him $45 and four hours labor.|
Update August 2011: Pete H. of Seattle, WA sent me a picture
and this note:
The plans are spot on. Appreciate the cutting notes for the boards. I used pre-cut 2x2 sheets of plywood from Home Cheapo. I added a set of wheels on the bottom. I have this in a corner by the front of my garage door and the wheels allow me to simple roll it out and access any tool I need. I had some left over stain so I used that you make it look "richer". Too fancy for the garage? The thing is solid and does not tip or get top heavy, something that I was concerned about with the store models.
Re wheels - Four swivel wheels from Home Depot... 2inch ... I still have the bill... part number 039003094778 ... $3.48 each.
Update April 2013: Gaizka L. built a custom version of this
tool rack and sent me some details:
I got mine built inspired by your design. Thanks for the concept and the tips. I didn't follow the blueprints, but borrowed some IP our of it. I did include the wheels for easier access and also added a serrated edge. That way I can just rest a tool that I'm currently using (or in case the rack itself is full). I also found a purchased tool hanger hanging around and I attached it to the side. It might be over-engineered, but is fun to see how it's been evolving. I can clearly see where my thought process changed during the build.
Update February 2015: Brandon C. of Yorktown, TX made a
double-wide tool rack:
Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your tool rack plans. I built one 2'x4' with 6 casters and a special hole for my fiskar post hole diggers.
|Update January 2018: How do you feel about plastic and steel? If you're in a hurry, Rubbermaid sells a "deluxe tool tower" garage storage unit for about $40: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009J5NRW|
Update January 2018: Matthew B. of Wakeman, OH supersized the
rack plans and sent me a picture of the result:
I just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration I found in your garden tool rack plan/blog. I modified it a bit, increasing the dimensions to 48" x 32" and using 3/4" plywood and 2x4s. The added width increased stability and I was able to use an 8-foot sheet of plywood with no waste. I also had to decrease the on-center spacing of the holes to 3-7/8" to allow for a 12 x 8 grid of holes between the outer frames of 2x4s. The materials cost a bit more, but the result is heavy-duty and it saved a ton of space, not to mention holes in my shop liner!
Thanks a ton,
Update July 2018: Dodie K. B. of Walnut Creek, CA built a long
but shallow version of this tool rack and shared the results:
I don't know if you are still updating your blog or your blog is still active. But I found your pictures and instructions on how to build a garden tool rack and made a custom one to fit my small shed. Also my wife wanted to put the shovels in with handles up and shovel side down, so had to make modifications after I built it. It's 16" wide, because I could cut the 3 pieces from one sheet of plywood without any waste.
Size 16" wide x 6' feet long. Took about 8 hours.
Thanks for the instructions!
Update Feb 2019: Paulo P. P. of Lisbon, Portugal scaled down the
tool rack, upgraded to solid wood and added drawers:
I found your pictures and instructions on how to build a garden tool rack and made a custom one to fit my small workshop.
Size 24" wide x 12" long. I also put 2 drawers.
Thanks for the instructions!