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Bucket Tool Kits


Metal and plastic buckets of any size can be converted into handy carryalls for frequently used tools. Below left, a bucket of picture-framing supplies; at left, a collection of gardening tools. Use an electric drill with a 1/8-inch bit to make an even number of holes around the bucket's perimeter, about 2 inches apart and 2 inches below the lip. Thread a 1/8-inch-thick plastic cable tie (available at hardware stores) through each pair of holes, and secure outside the pail; inside, use small ties to fix each loop to the next for stability. Stand one tool in each loop, making sure its handle can be brought to full height. Store work gloves or cloths in the center of the pail.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2001

Reviews (1)

  • 2 Jun, 2008

    I've been using a bucket for years to carry around my gardening tools; adding the cable ties will be a great help. No more digging through the bucket looking for the hand edger or pruning shears. Terrific idea.