Store Garden Hand Tools: Make a Handmade Toolbox

Branch handles make this a natural for your garden tools

This handy toolbox holds all your small garden tools and is light and strong. It’s an easy project that you can make in just a few hours.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Cut out the parts and assemble the toolbox

This simple gardening toolbox gets its natural charm from the branches used for the sides and handle. When you’re searching for branches, choose green, freshly cut ones for strength and flexibility. The only tools required are a saw and a drill and maybe a knife to whittle the handle ends.

Along with three 25-in.-long branches, you’ll need a 6-ft. 1x6, a 4-ft. 1x4 and a short length of 1/4-in. wood dowel, exterior wood glue and a handful of 1-5/8-in. deck screws. We used clear pine, but No. 2 pine or cedar will work fine too.

Cut the parts using Figure A as a guide. Then screw the box together (Photo 1). Whittle the handle ends to fit the holes. You’ll have to bend the handle to slip it into the second hole.

Cut away any knobs on the branches for the sides. Then attach them, keeping the screws at least an inch from the ends to avoid splits (Photo 2). Finally, drill 1/4-in. holes through the handle ends and drive in the dowels to hold the handle in place (Photo 3).

Figure A: Garden Toolbox Details

Figure A shows the dimensions of the basic box, but feel free to change the size to fit your own garden tools.

Garden toolbox details
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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Circular saw
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Drill bit set
  • Glue
  • Square
  • Utility knife

Drill bit, 1-in.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 3/4-in. pine or cedar
  • ¼-in. wood dowel
  • A handful of 1-5/8-in. deck screws
  • Tree branch