An organised shed or garage is a thing of beauty. Savvy storage not only keeps D.I.Y. equipment tidy and readily at hand, but also makes for a safer workspace. This small-tool holder is the perfect D.I.Y. project for an ordered workshop. It's a compact rack made from pine and mounted on the wall, ensuring screwdrivers, hammers and the like can be accessed in a flash.
From 184mm x 19mm pine, use a mitre saw to cut two 500mm lengths for the shelf and the backing. Use a combination square to mark a line 90mm up from the base, then position the underside of the shelf along the line.
Position the offcut against the shelf backing and mark a diagonal line from the edges. Set the mitre saw to match the angle, cutting two triangular pieces to fit under the shelf. On each, mark 30mm down from the point and cut to square off the ends.
On the backing, mark the position of the supports 100mm from the ends and around the shelf. Use a combination countersinking bit to pre-drill two holes for each support and four along the shelf. Apply adhesive and secure with 40mm screws. Pre-drill through the top of the shelf into the supports, securing with screws.
Mark out a grid between the supports for two rows of seven holes, spacing them 30mm apart. Drill right through with a 10mm bit.
To hang a hammer, use a jigsaw to make a 60mm x 20mm cut-out into one side of the shelf. To hang a combination square, on the opposite side, drill a series of holes together with a 10mm bit to make a 40mm-long slot. Use a chisel to remove the breakout and clean up the cuts.
Smooth all over with 180-grit abrasive paper and wipe with a damp cloth. Apply two coats of paint, leaving to dry after each. Add a cup hook underneath to hang a tape measure. Pre-drill into the corners of the backing and secure to the wall with suitable fasteners, using a level to check the shelf is straight.
• When using power tools, always wear the recommended safety equipment.
• Pre-drilling holes stops screws from slipping off the mark at the beginning of the drive, and helps prevent timber from splitting or cracking.
• Before drilling into walls, use a stud finder to check for wiring and pipework, and turn off the power while working.
Check out our step-by-step guide for instructions on how to make a wall-mounted gardening equipment rack made from pine lining.
Photo Credit: Lean Timms and Martin Roberts
*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.