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Project by Ron Stewart posted 10-27-2020 06:42 PM 911 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just built this simple stand to hold our lawn edger (an old Black and Decker Edge Hog). We keep it in a narrow storage room beside the garage. It’s a bit heavy, so we store it on the floor instead of hanging from the wall, and I never liked how much space it occupied.

It’s nearly four feet from the front wheel to the end of the angled handle, and it doesn’t sit flat on the floor because the of the blade guard/guide. We could store some things beneath the handle, but it was unwieldy and generally offensive to my sense of order.

The stand I made tips the edger upright so it occupies just a hair under one square foot of floor space.

This is one of those quick-and-dirty, figure-it-out-as-you-build projects. It’s purely functional, with no considerations given to aesthetics. It’s made of scrap 2×4s and 1/2” oak plywood. I even used nails for part of the assembly. (I can’t remember the last time I used a common nail on a “real” woodworking project.)

I started by building a box that traps the edger’s front wheel. Then I placed the wheel in the box and held the edger upright to mark the angle for a ramp that sits between the edger’s large rear wheels and supports the edger’s base.

After I assembled those two parts of the project, I noticed that the edger tended to twist after I placed it in the stand. To correct that, I added another vertical support beside the motor. That stabilized it enough to keep it in place. Now it doesn’t take up much more space than the string trimmer that hangs on the wall above it.

Thanks for looking!

-- Ron Stewart





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Brit

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#1 posted 10-27-2020 07:30 PM

Great idea. I’ll be getting rid of my edger next year as we put down artificial grass this summer.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 10-27-2020 07:42 PM

Thanks, Andy. I’ve joked about installing artificial grass before. I didn’t realize any home owners actually did it. (I’ve seen it only on football fields.) How’s it working for you? Are there any drawbacks?

-- Ron Stewart

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#3 posted 10-27-2020 08:50 PM

Nice solution to a aggravating problem.

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#4 posted 10-27-2020 09:20 PM

Nice piece of garage engineering. So many irregular objects, so little floor space.

Nice work.

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Brit

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#5 posted 10-27-2020 09:28 PM

Great idea. I’ll be getting rid of my edger next year as we put down artificial grass this summer.


Thanks, Andy. I’ve joked about installing artificial grass before. I didn’t realize any home owners actually did it. (I’ve seen it only on football fields.) How’s it working for you? Are there any drawbacks?

- Ron Stewart

None so far.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 10-28-2020 04:36 AM

Functional, and simple. Nice. I would put some type of finish on it, paint or otherwise. The wood will get nasty and it is much easier to clean with a finish than raw wood.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 10-28-2020 02:58 PM

Thanks for your comments, guys.

woodbutcherbynight: I know I should finish it, but I’m opting for the long-term strategy of filling the pores with dense northern Alabama red clay. After a few cycles of rubbing the clay in and brushing it off, the stand will be impervious to damage of any kind. :-)

-- Ron Stewart

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#8 posted 10-29-2020 08:57 PM

Great idea, thanks for posting.

Phil :)

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#9 posted 10-30-2020 04:22 PM

Love this simple idea, can’t wait to make this!

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