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Building a Garden Tool Tote

How many times have you tried to carry an armful of gardening tools, plants, and seeds to a flower bed to work there, only to drop all or most of them on the way?  This article teaches you to build a handy tool tote that not only carries your tools, but stands up in your flower bed to hold them for you.

You will need the following items to build this tote:

  • 1” X 12” X 18” board
  • 1” X 2” X 27” furring strip
  • 6 No 8 by 1 1/2” deck screws
  • 16 gauge by 1 1/4” finish brads
  • Waterproof glue
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Drafting compass (to draw circles)

1.  Cut the 1 X 12 into the following pieces:

  • Center support 1 X 5 3/4 X 18”
  • Tool support 1 X 2 1/2 X12”
  • 2 box sides 1 X 2 1/2 X 5 1/2”

2.  Draw a center line down the center support piece.  Mark a point 4 1/4” down the line.  Draw a circle with that point as the center and a 4 1/4 “ radius.  This marks the curve to cut into the top of the centerpiece.

3. Mark a point 2 5/8” down from the top of the center line.  Then draw a circle with that point as the center and a 1 3/4” radius circle.

4. At the opposite side of the center support, mark a point 5” from the bottom of the center line.  Draw a circle with that point as the center and a 2” radius.  With a straight edge, extend the sides of the circle down to the end of the board.  Also make 45 degree lines on the thin edge strips that are left.

5.  Make all cuts on the center support board.  It should look like this:

6.  Take tool support piece and draw a line down the center.  Mark points that are 2 1/2” from each end.  Draw a circle with those points as the center and a 2 1/2 “ radius.  This gives you the curve to the tool support ends.

7.  Mark points at 2” and 6” from one end and 2” from the other.  Using those points as the center point, draw a circle with a 3/4” radius.

8.  Make all cuts on the tool support. It should look like this:

9.  To attach the tool support to the center post, Draw a line horizontally that is 5” down from the top of the center support.  Using glue and two deck screws, attach the tool support along this line. Predrill the holes for the screws so the wood does not split.

10.  Next, draw a horizontal line 4 3/4” from the top.  Position each side 1/4 inch from the edge of the center support and with the top at this line and attach with glue and two screws a piece.  Predrill the screw holes to avoid splitting the wood.

11.  Cut five strips of furring each 5 1/4” long.  Attach two to the bottom of the sides with glue and finish brads.  Attach the top furring strip on the front, then the bottom one, then center the third one and attach it.

12. Paint tool tote as desired.


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