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Five Garden Projects You Can Build

Furniture, Gardening, Holiday, Outdoor Living September 21, 2007 Sonia


Spacer Materials List

• Support piece, 3/4 x 15 x 21”, 1 req’d.

• Dowels, 3/8 x 1-1/2”, 96 req’d.

Left: This handy garden tool caddy also serves as a small hand-truck.

Right: The back has a tray for holding small garden tools, seeds or plants.

Garden Tool Cart

Toting shovels, rakes, hoes, fertilizer, soil or other tools and materials to the garden site is made easy with this cart, which will also double as a lightweight handtruck. A tray in the back can be used to hold small tools. I’ve also found the cart excellent for doing concrete work when I need to organize a variety of tools in one spot. A pair of lawn mower wheels and a threaded rod are used for the “running gear.”

First step is to rip a 2-by-4 to create the 2-by-2 upright supports, and then cut these to length. Cut the front board to size and shape from 1/2-inch exterior plywood. Fasten the front board to the upright supports with waterproof glue and self-starting wood screws. Rip and cut the upper and lower horizontal braces and fasten them in place between the uprights with glue and self-starting wood screws. Fasten the top and bottom edges of the front piece to the horizontal supports with glue and screws.


Cut the upper and lower tool support shelves to correct size, round their front corners and mark the locations for the tool holding holes. These are best cut on a drill-press using a forstner bit. Set the depth gauge so the bit tip just barely protrudes through the wood. Then bore the holes partially through, turn the stock over and drill from the opposite side, positioning the bit point in the marked hole. This creates a clean hole without breakout as the bit comes through the opposite side.


Cut the notches for the bottom support shelf to fit around the uprights and then anchor in place with glue and screws. Fit the top support shelf in place and fasten with glue and screws.


Cut a 1-by-12 to the correct length to create the bottom width and round the front corners. Fasten in place to the bottom of the lower horizontal support. Cut the bottom side supports and round their bottom front ends. Bore the axle holes in their back edges, and then fasten to the underside of the bottom with glue and screws. Cut the side pieces from 1/2-inch plywood. Cut their rounded front edges with a bandsaw or saber saw and then fasten the sides to the bottom and upright supports with glue and screws. Thread the threaded rod axle through the holes, add washers, wheels, washers and then locking nuts. After the nuts have been tightened in place, cut off the excess rod with a hacksaw and use a file to smooth any rough edges.


Cut the handle supports to shape and round their front ends on a disc sander. Locate the handle hole positions and bore the holes in them. Install the handle support pieces to the sides of the top tool holder and to the upright supports. Cut the handle to length from a dowel rod and insert into the holes. Add glue, then bore a starter hole in the bottom of each handle support and anchor the handle in place with a screw through the hole and into the handle.


Cut the back shelf front and ends from 3/4-inch stock and fasten together. Then cut the bottom from 1/2-inch stock. Fasten it in place on the bottom of the sides and front pieces. Add a 3/4-by-3/4-inch support strip to the back edge of the bottom. Anchor the shelf in place with glue and screws into the upright support strips. Add screws from the front piece into the bottom shelf-holding cleat. Cut the front foot to shape and fasten to the front edge of the bottom with glue and screws.

Cart Materials List

• Upright Supports, 2 x 2 x 36”, 2 req’d.

• Front Piece, 1/2” plywood, 18 x 24”, 1 req’d.

• Horizontal Braces, 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 15”, 3 req’d.

• Bottom, 3/4 x 11-1/2 x 18”, 1 req’d.

• Bottom Side Supports, 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 10”, 2 req’d.

• Sides, 1/2” plywood, 9 x 9”, 2 req’d

• Tool Supports, 3/4 x 4-1/2 x 18”, 2 req’d.

• Handle Supports, 3/4 x 2 x 7”, 2 req’d.

• Handle, 1” dowel x 19-1/2”, 1 req’d.

• Back Shelf Side Pieces, 3/4 x 3 x 6”, 2 req’d.

• Back Shelf Front, 3/4 x 3 x 15”, 1 req’d.

• Back Shelf Bottom, 1/2” plywood, 6-3/4 x 15”, 1 req’d.

• Back Shelf Bottom Cleat, 3/4 x 3/4 x 15”, 1 req’d.

• Front Foot, 3/4 x 3-3/4 x 5 _”, 1 req’d.

• Threaded rod, 1/2” x 24”, 1 req’d.

• Lawn Mower Wheels, 7”, 2 req’d.

• Lock nuts, 1/2”, 2 req’d., plus 4 washers.