If your garden tools are stuffed in a garbage can or spread all over the garage like mine, you may want to build a rack to keep them more organized.
Lay your tools down on the floor with the widest ends spaced so they don’t touch each other. Make a note of the distance between handles. Buy a 1×8 pine board for the shelf and a 2×4 for the support. You’ll also need an additional 1×8 or some scrap lumber to make the brackets. Lay out the widest board and mark lines where the handles will fall. Then make a mark on the line 4 inches in from the edge if the board on each line. Now mark lines 2 inches to either side of those lines.
Using a 2 inch hole saw, place the center of the hole saw on your mark. Cut a hole at each line. With a hand saw or table saw, cut on each of the outer lines so the cut ends up on the side of the circle.
Putting it Together
Glue the 2 inch edge of the 2×4 to the uncut underside of the board you just cut and screw it into place. The 2×4 serves as a brace under the shelf. From another scrap of lumber, cut enough triangular bracket supports so you can place one every 2 feet. The supports should be 2-3 inches on one side and 4 inches on one side so the smaller side will fit on the 2X4 under the shelf. Glue the supports to the 2×4 and the 1×8 avoiding placing them where the tool handles will hang. Drill holes in the back of the 2×4 and screw the brackets to the 2×4.
Screw the 2×4 to the wall using screws through the pre-drilled holes. Now you can hang your tools and get them organized. Here’s a video of the process so you can see how this is done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iZ6Sd2dnSE
Before you store your tools in the fall, take a few minutes to clean them first. Spray off any dirt. Use a wire brush and vinegar to remove any rust and let the tools dry thoroughly before hanging. You can also protect them with a little motor oil rubbed on with a rag.