We Make a Homemade Trimmer Rack for the Shop or Garage
Here at OPE Reviews we’re constantly testing and reviewing many tools and equipment related to the Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) world. I’m sure it comes by no surprise that a large portion of these are stick tools. It’s not uncommon to have several string trimmers, brush cutters, hedge trimmers, and edgers in at one time. Throw in a shootout, where we have 8 to 12 of the same type tools, and we’re quickly overwhelmed, even with a big shop.
Related Content: Best Backpack Blower Shootout
Our interweb searches came up short on what we wanted. Many racks are available on the market for trailers and trucks, however, racks for the shop or garage is another story. Armed with plenty of powertools and scrap plywood, we thought we’d make our own Homemade Trimmer Rack.
Our shop is built from an engineered steel building with Z-purlins around the perimeter and overhead. We set out to utilize these Z-purlins on the wall since they seem to be the perfect height. After a few discussions and mock-ups, we decided on hanging them in a vertical manner. In addition to holding the tools, we thought the Homemade Trimmer Rack could also serve as a shelf to hold supplies.
This is a very simple trimmer rack made from scrap plywood. It will also serve as a shelf for other items, such as 2-stroke pre-mix, trimmer line, etc. There are various ways to make this, but we just used some scrap 1/2" plywood. 1) We cut some 1/2" plywood into 12" x 48" pieces. You could cut the length of a plywood sheet and make them 12×96, if you wanted to. 2) We made a mark every 12 inches, 2-1/2 inches from the edge of the plywood. Making the first mark at 6", then 18, 30, 42, etc. This allows for 4 trimmers for every 48-inches of plywood. 3) Drill 1-inch holed where we just made the marks. We used a Forstner bit, but any 1-inch drill bit will do. You could also choose to just used jig saw to do this as well. 4) After the holes are drilled, use a speed-square or straight-edge to draw a straight line from each edge of the hole, to the edge of the plywood. Now, use a jig saw to cut the slot just drawn. 5) Sand the edges and any rough spots. 6) Mock the shelf in place and drill holes for the mounting fasteners. We attached to metal purlins in our shop, but you could attach to wood framing. You may even choose to build a standalone 2×4 frame. 7) Put the fasteners in place. We used three 5/16" x 1-1/2" carriage bolts for each 4-foot piece of plywood. 8) Put the rack/shelf in place and fasten the nuts to the carriage bolts and tighten. 9) Hang your string trimmers, brush cutters, edgers, hedge trimmers, and any other stick tools. This will probably work for hand tools as well, such as rakes, shovels, hoes, etc. 10) Marvel at your newly organized space. This is a quick project that will help cleanup your workspace. . . . . . #ope #landscaping #lawncare #tools #lawntools #trimmer #diy #storage #organization #turf #turfcare #landscapersofinstagram #turfcare #greenscaping #stringtrimmer #shop #shoplife #lawnlife #outdoors
Homemade Trimmer Rack Materials and Tools
With simplicity and efficiency as our guiding lights, we wanted to make these as easy and cheap as possible. Not so much to save money, but more to recapture floor space ASAP. Looking through our woodpile, we realize that we have plenty drop-cuts from plywood sheets. Plywood it is! The Z-purlins that our shop consists of are 8-inches deep, so we figure that 12-inch wide plywood should work great. The only other materials needed are 3/8″ x 1-1/2″ carriage bolts, 3/8″ washers, and 3/8″ nuts.
In addition to the materials, we did use a few tools in the process of making this homemade trimmer rack. There are many ways to go about this, but we’ll list what we used.
- Makita Plunge Cut Track Saw – any circular saw or table saw will work as well.
- Forstner Bits – you can also use other drill bits or cut the curves with a jig saw.
- Twist Drill Bits
- Tape Measure
- Cordless Drill or Drill Press
- Rafter Square (Speed Square)
- Sander and sandpaper
- Wrench or Ratchet and Socket
Making it Happen
We used our Makita plunge cut track saw to rip the plywood scraps down to 12-inches by 48-inches. We made several of these since we currently have at least 14 stick tools that need a place sleep for the night. After a few measurements with the tools on the floor, it was determined that we need about 12-inches spacing between each trimmer. Measuring from the side (short edge) of the plywood, we measured in 6-inches and made our first mark. From there, we made a mark every 12-inches after. So, you should end up with a mark at 6″, 18″, 30″, and 42″. Each of these pieces should allow for four tools to be hung evenly. Also, starting at the 6-inch mark, when you butt two shelves against one another, the spacing carries on.
Come back and make a cross mark, intersecting the other you just made. This intersecting mark should be at 2-1/2″ inches from what will be the front (long edge) of your shelf. You should now have 4 cross-marks on each of the 12″ x 48″ pieces of plywood. Now it’s time to break out the cordless drill or use a drill press like we did. Using a 1-inch forstner bit, drill a 1-inch hole centered on your cross-marks.
Using a rafter square on the front edge of the plywood, draw perpendicular lines running from the front edge up to each side of the hole you just drilled. You should have two lines for each hole. Now take the jigsaw and carefully cut along the lines. You can mount this as-is, but you probably want to hit it with a sander real quick. We cleaned up our rough edges with a pneumatic 6-inch DA sander, and we rounded off any sharp corners.
Installing the Homemade Trimmer Rack
Place the plywood shelves/rack on top of the Z-purlins, then drill 3/8″ holes through the metal z-purlin and through the new shelf/rack. Pull the plywood shelf back down and hammer the 3/8″ x 1-1/2″ carriage bolts into the plywood.
You should now be able to place the plywood shelf/rack back on the same purlin and the bolts should line up with the drilled holes. Place your washers and nuts on the bolts and fasten with a wrench or ratchet and socket.
Place the Trimmers in Their New Home
The plywood should stick over the 8-inch purlins by roughly 4-inches. The slots for each trimmer should only go 3-inches deep, allowing for each trimmer room to slide in. From start to finish, this rack only took about 45-minutes to plan and build. We thought it turned out great. Marvel in your new Homemade Trimmer Rack.
While we used the z-purlins from our metal building to support the shelf/rack, you can very easily build a quick frame for the shelf, using just 2x4s. In our case the cost was about $4 in hardware and we used free-to-us scraps of 1/2″ plywood.