Introduction

finished project from How to Build a Spigot-Handle Tool Rack installed on a picket fence
Photo: Laura Moss
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Like a perfectly seasoned cast-iron skillet, garden tools and ornaments tend to get better with age. There may be rust or chipped paint, but nothing a little WD-40 or a new clear finish can't remedy.

In fact, weathered surfaces are what make those old metal rakes and battered watering cans so desirable, oftentimes for uses other than those for which they were originally designed. The head of a rake, for instance, can double as a wineglass holder, with crystal stems steadied between the tines. Fitted with a dollar-store vase filled with fresh-cut blooms, an old, leaky watering can could serve as a rustic centerpiece on a patio table or a dining room buffet.

For my garden salvage project, I used colorful outdoor spigot handles and a length of reclaimed door casing to create a cheery wall-hung tool rack. The handle "hooks" are great for keeping my hand trowels and rakes at the ready and for holding my sun hat.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • combination square
      Combination square (optional)
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • socket wrench
      Socket wrench
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver

    Shopping List

    Reclaimed molding

    Clear polyurethane spray (satin sheen)

    Spigot handles

    Spring clips and screws¼-inch galvanized lag screws and corresponding nylon spacers

    Hanging hardware