We are enjoying some down time over Labor Day weekend. My garden gear was lacking organization so when I spotted a super cute tool rack in This Old House magazine, I knew I had found my solution. The hardest part was finding old spigot handles, so I begged my co-workers to look in their basements to see if they had any laying around. I even found one in my basement sitting on top of our hot water heater! I wanted different shaped handles instead of the basic ones you find in the hardware stores.
Next, I gathered the supplies needed to make the tool rack.
~Assorted spigot handles (I collected them from old basements)
~Paint for the handles
~1/4" galvanized lag screws threaded with a corresponding nylon spacer - this is used to mount the handles so you can hang the garden tools
~Clear Poly to seal the wood
~Barn board or old wood molding (I used barn board)
~Drill with bits
1. Seal the Wood - I sprayed the surface with clear polyurethane in a satin sheen. The finish will weatherize the wood so that it'll hold up outdoors.
2. Measure for the Spigot-Handle Hooks - Make a pencil mark on the wood where you want each handle to go, keeping in mind that the handles should be evenly spaced. I used a total of five.
3. Mount the Handles on the Screw Posts - Insert lag screws through the handles' center holes, and twist on the nylon spacers. If a hole is too small, clamp the handle to your work table, put a ¼-inch bit in the chuck of a drill/driver, and widen it.
4. Drill Pilot Holes for the Handle Posts - Fit your drill/driver with a bit that's slightly smaller than the screw's shank, steady it on the marks on the wood trim, and bore holes for the lag screws.
5. Secure the Posts - Hand-twist the lag screws into the holes, and tighten each one with a socket wrench.
I used hanging hardware and hung the rack on my fence. It will be stored away at the end of the season.
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