Creating a garden tool rack for stashing stuff in the unused spaces between studs is a smart move; adding these slant boxes to expand the space is smarter yet. They give your yard tools more “headroom” and give you easier access to long- and short-handled tools.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
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Create a slant rack between the studs
Photo 1: Rip a 2×4 diagonally to create the sides
Screw each wedge to the face of a stud. Install a plywood face and you’re ready to store stuff.
For the tall unit, use the bottom wall plate for the bottom of your box. Attach the plywood to create a 1-in. gap at the bottom for removing dirt or dropped items. For the shorter slant boxes, install your own blocking to create the bottom; leave a gap at the bottom of the plywood for those, too. We show 48-in. and 16-in. versions; you can make yours any depth or length you want.
Note: If your garage has a short ceiling (or your tools have extra-long handles), create a cutout in the top of the plywood face, as shown in Figure A, to allow more entrance and exit leeway for your tools.
Figure A: Garden Tool Rack
Use this diagram to assemble your slanted garden tool rack after cutting the pieces.
Required Tools for this Project
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Required Materials for this Project
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