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How to make DIY tool holders

Make DIY tool holders

Searching for tools you can’t find is always a waste of precious time, and clutter in the equipment shed can also hurt — as anyone who has ever stepped on a rake knows. With the homemade device holders, the big clean-up can begin. Our guide shows how to make DIY tool holders for several different types of tool configurations.

make DIY tool holders

If it was just a matter of putting the tools in order, so there was no need to worry about clutter or wasting space in the equipment shed. With a few hooks on the wall, all problems would be satisfactorily solved.

But it never stays with the few absolutely necessary garden tools. Luckily, because special tools make many gardening works extremely easy and therefore worthwhile to purchase. However, it is precisely these tools, which are not so often used, that easily disappear under all sorts of other utensils and cannot be found at the decisive moment. If only they had their permanent place!

We have come up with a number of device holders. Some that are suitable for stalk devices of all kinds, others that have been tailor-made for a particular device. All are easy to build from wood or MDF board remnants and are either screwed onto a continuous board or attached directly to the (mostly wooden) wall of the equipment shed, as seen in the large photo. The depth is in no case more than 15 cm, so that wall surfaces of narrow corridors and very small equipment chambers can be used to the full.

Make DIY tool holders: Holding board with deep notches

make DIY tool holders

A board about 10 cm wide can be found in every leftover box. To make a device holder out of it, use a hole and jigsaw to cut out U-shaped cut-outs of 35 mm diameter. A distance of 15 cm between the cut-outs is practical. A third of the board width stops to glue a support bar underneath; this bar is screwed directly to the wall (or panel).

To prevent the devices from sliding forward, you can insert screws to the left and right of the cut-out and clamp a rubber band over it (left), attach a storm hook (center) or a piece of semicircular strip with a center screw as a rotatable gag before.

Wooden dowels keep everything

Quite simple and versatile are wooden dowels or roundwood sections, which are glued into the wall or the device holder panel. Here they hold a spade with T-handle, the electric cable and the astschere.

The dowels or round woods should be 15 mm in diameter and are sanded slightly round at the front with sandpaper.

Make DIY tool holders: fertilizer spreader

make DIY tool holders

This bracket is intended for devices with a wide guide bar. The front board is fastened with two screws. The correct distance is ensured by under-glued spacers or sleeves on the screws. Board width and distance from the wall depend on the device dimensions.

Make DIY tool holders: Bracket for hedge trimmers

make DIY tool holders

The bracket for the hedge trimmers is manufactured in a similar way. Here, however, the front board is wider and is fastened with four screws. This guarantees that the scissor blades have enough hold and that the tool does not tilt due to the excess weight of the handles. A small trough for the screw gives even more support.

Make DIY tool holders: The axe bracket

The third variant of the device holder made of board residues is a custom-made version for the axe. The distance board under the cover board is triangular here, so that the sheet of the axe has a long support. Make a fitting test before attaching the bracket to the wall.

A railing with hook always helps

Small appliances as well as stem devices with hanging tape can be easily hung on hooks. The railing for this is built from a log stick and two wooden blocks itself. With the two blocks, bevel and grind the edges.

Then drill a blind hole in the diameter of the round wood inside, glue the round wood and screw on the railing.

Make DIY tool holders: One hole for each handle

make DIY tool holders

This holder is made of two boards, two equally long strips and HT pipes. The holes for the HT-pipes (40 mm) are cut out with a distance of 25 cm with the hole saw, the troughs in the base board with the Forstner drill.

With the help of the under-glued strips, the boards can be easily screwed to the wall – first the lower, then the upper one.

Everything is at hand at the work table

Pallets do not cost much and are versatile. Since all woods are impregnated, the table can stay outside all year round. The production does not take more than an afternoon: the pallets are placed upright on flat ground at the desired distance, then you put on boards on the left and right, screw them tightly and apply the still unstable element.

make DIY tool holders

For this, a helper is indispensable. As soon as the boards are screwed on the opposite sides, the table is already stable and now the remaining four boards are attached, so that angles appear at the corners. 

The holes for the devices should be cut out beforehand. For the long-stemmed devices, the superimposed edge boards of the pallet must be provided with holes. Since you cannot saw through both boards with the hole saw, you mark the center with a hole beforehand.

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Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and construction.