Organizing Garden Tools with PVC

Organizing Garden Tools with PVC

I love the "Keeping it Real" posts that fellow bloggers post. We all know that we share the best photographs and that often the other side of a room is a disaster. I will be showing to you the disaster that I spent the Memorial Day weekend rectifying. That would be the tool shed. It was embarrassingly disorganized and non-functional. But thanks to bloggy inspiration, today it is not!

Today, our garden tools stand at attention in organized (and labeled) fashion. And I used PVC pipe to achieve this task. But first here is the before photo.

There is utter chaos in here. The floor is piled deep with tarps and tools that have no home. There are many tools we just can't find anymore. So I started by emptying out the entire tool end of the wood shed. I organized it all on the driveway. It seemed to stretch for miles. ng and identifying the trash. I had no problem there.

Then I started planning, arranging, looking at the space. I determined that it would help a lot to add an additional shelf for storing tarps so I started there. As you read this post understand that there is no light in the tool shed. I brought in a little clip lamp so I could see but photography was absolutely a challenge. I was doing this project from salvaged materials, reclaimed wood, etc. The tools shed is part of our woodshed, it has a dirt floor, no windows, spiders, mice and an occasional squirrel. This is not a place for fine woodworking!

I knew a variation would work in our tool shed. I had some PVC left over from a sculpture project posted here. (Side note- following that link is worth it if you don't know about our sculpture week. Risk it and take a look!) Instead of the suggested format, I cut the PVC scraps at an angle (approx. 30º) into 6" pieces and mounted them at the mid point and bottom of my shed wall. Here are the cut pieces. the short end pieces and I was glad I did.

First I cut the pieces to length at an angle on the band saw. A band saw isn't required but because I have access to one, I used it.

We have a lot of tools so I made a lot of PVC holders. After cutting, I sanded off the plastic shreds.

I then drilled holes into each end. The reason for cutting the pipe at an angle was to have clear access to a drill hole for attaching these to the wall.

When I emptied out the tool shed I found an old piece of 3/4" plywood from a project from 35 years ago (I can't believe I have saved it for 35 years - I finally found a second use!) With the help of David I screwed that to the studs to separate the wood storage area from the tool area. new wall surface to store tools.

I next started arranging the tools in an order that maximized use of the space. It took almost no time at all to screw the PVC holders into the plywood divider. And I popped those tools in there just to get a peek. Oh, yes!

I still had all the small tools to deal with and decided to make use of some of the space between the studs on the exterior wall. I cut a scrap of wood to serve as a face plate and, to the back, I attached some of the smaller PVC rings left from cutting. We had always used this space for the hand tools but they slid down and got lost in the darkness. My goal was to create a grid that would hold them in place. Here are the rings attached to the back side of the board. The spaces are where the studs will be.

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Final Final thoughts

I defy you to find one post in which I argued against gun ownership. I don't believe I ever did.
My problem is not with gun ownership, but with irresponsible gun ownership. To say that a deadly weapon should be freely acquired by anyone at any time for any reason is ludicrous. I know responsible gun owners, although none of them claim to own them for personal protection. I also know people who own guns that I wouldn't trust with garden tools much less a firearm. I think it should be VERY difficult for those people to get guns. The second amendment was written in a time that the country had no permanent professional military

The Family Garden: More projects for winter-weary gardeners  — Appleton Post Crescent
Just the right piece. For a winter scavenger hunt, take your children to a local thrift shop or antique mall and ask them to seek out one special item that would make a perfect accent piece in the family garden.

HouseWorks: Be careful who the gifter is  — Lincoln Journal Star
Even my brother, the architect, has a decent idea of what constitutes a decent tool and can be trusted to buy them. The rest of the family … well, not so much.

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