The Garden Caddy is an easy project that allows incorporating your own creativity. Even if you don’t have fancy carpenter skills it’s okay because with a little help you can handle assembly.
This box is designed for hand held garden tools and gadgets so they’re easy to find; I use my garden caddy daily and I absolutely love it. You could also store craft supplies or house tools if gardening isn’t your thing.
Tools and Supplies
The Garden Caddy is under $10 to build any tools or finishing touches would be additional; supplies can be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store. Once these elements are gathered measure the fence board prior to cutting.
- 1 six ft. cedar fence board (1 in x 6 in.) – under $2.00
- 1- 5/8 in. dowel Rod – under $4.00
- Finishing nails – under $1.00
- Electric saw
- Drill with 5/8 in bit
- 2 at 12 inches – side walls
- 1 at 10 inches – box bottom
- 2 at 5 inches – handle ends
- 1 at 2 inches – divider is optional
- Dowel rode at 12 inches
If you want a smaller or larger box adjust the measurements according. Once the cuts are made drill the handle and pilot holes. Learn more about pilot holes here. After the holes are drilled sand each piece of wood.
Drill first then Sand and Begin Connecting
Take two end pieces at 5 inches and stack together, we’re going to drill these at the same time. The end pieces have angled corners or make round, swirled, or cut a straight line if preferred.
Working with a large drill bit can be aggressive and dangerous if you’re not careful so remember to drill slow. Once the boards are stacked drill the handle holes first by clipping the boards down with brackets. If you don’t have clips then hold tight and DRILL SLOW!!!
- Small pilot holes will be added to the end pieces prior to connecting the 10- in. bottom piece.
- Sand then carefully hammer each end piece to the bottom of the box.
Connecting Piece by Piece
Notice the ends are a little slanted; this is okay because once the sides are attached it will no longer be an issue. Remember before connecting these sides make sure the ends are straight prior to attaching. This means you may need to gently guild them.
- Take two 12- inch box walls and line up one side first.
- Incorporate additional pilot holes around the edges.
Connect the Walls
Connect the walls using the pilot holes and notice there is a slight overhang, this was intentional. If you want this to fit corner to corner then mark the board and cut it again prior to attaching. Once this side is attached repeat the process on the other side.
Finishing Touches and adding the Handle
- You may need to sand the box one more time and make sure all the nails are connected properly.
- Insert any dividers., this is step is optional.
- Then measure and cut the handle, sand the inside of the holes and insert dowel rod.
- It should be a tight fit if not – then add wood glue to secure the handle.
Garden Caddy is Complete Ready for Styling
The Garden Caddy is completed just waiting for finishing touches. Use new or recycled materials that represent your style and check out these additional ideas for inspiration. I made a Toolbox here and these other garden boxes here.
With this Garden Caddy, I styled using white paint, old sign stencils and copper plumbing elements from the hardware store. The most important part of styling is to have fun with it and let it represent your personality.