Project Overview

Garden tools can be tricky to store away neatly because of their size and shape. This handy garden tool storage rack is a great solution to help you clean up your shed and care for your tools. We’ll show you how to make it in a few simple steps. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Pre-cut the timber to size
2 Measure and mark the ply
3 Cut the ply
4 Sand the ply
5 Pre-drill the holes for the batten screws
6 Measure and mark the batten
7 Pre-drill the holes in the batten
8 Join the ply and batten together
9 Attach hooks
  • Step 1. Pre-cut the timber to size

    To make this project easier, you can get your timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings. For our cut list, we had our ply sheet cut to 250mm x 1065mm and the pine length cut to 1065mm.
  • Step 2. Measure and mark the ply

    Measure and mark the ply where you’ll hang your tools. We marked three rectangular shaped slots along the ply but you can do as many as you like. Each slot was 50mm wide and 150mm deep. We marked ours at various distances along the ply to suit specific garden tools, like a spade, broom or rake.
  • Step 3. Cut the ply

    Clamp the ply to the workbench. Cut out the slots for the tools with a jigsaw along the straight lines where you marked. Make sure you’re wearing the appropriate safety equipment when you make your cuts.
  • Step 4. Sand the ply

    You may need to use a chisel to remove and clean up any debris around the slots. Then sand the ply with the orbital sander and 80 grit sandpaper for a smooth finish.
  • Step 5. Pre-drill the holes for the batten screws

    Pre-drill and countersink five holes for the 100mm batten screws above the slots you’ve cut out in the ply.
  • Step 6. Measure and mark the batten

    Measure and mark where you’re going to drill the holes in the batten. Make sure they’re in-between the other fixing points. We marked out four fixing points.
  • Step 7. Pre-drill the holes in the batten

    Pre-drill and countersink the four holes to attach the unit to the wall or fence.
  • Step 8. Join the ply and batten together

    Apply a bead of glue to the edge of the plywood. Then turn it on its side and line it up with the edges of the batten. Screw the two together using the 100mm batten screws.
  • Step 9. Attach hooks

    Screw some hooks into the sides of the storage rack. These can be used to hold gardening gloves, small gardening tools or even a raincoat.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Cordless drill and driver
  • 4mm drill bit and large countersink bit
  • Clamps
  • Level
  • Chisel
  • Sanding block
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Combination square
  • Jigsaw
  • Orbital sander
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear muffs
  • Work gloves
  • Dust mask

Materials

  • 30mm x 250mm x 1065mm x 1 ply sheet
  • 90mm x 45mm x 1065mm x 1 Radiata Pine
  • 80 grit sandpaper
  • PVA exterior wood glue
  • 100mm batten screws
  • Wall anchor plugs
  • Screw hooks
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