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Slanted Garden Tool Rack Plans

This may take the record for the world's simplest yard tool storage project.

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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.

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Time
An hour or less
Complexity
Beginner
Cost
Less than $20

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

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

  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • 2’ x 4’ 1/2” Plywood
  • 5 inch construction screws