Customize Your Garden With This DIY Metal Hose Holder
Follow this simple guide to find out how.
Before we get into actually making this amazing piece, you'll first need some tools and gear.
Tools and equipment needed
- Scrap metal sheets
- Scrap metal pieces
- Scrap square tubular steel or pipes
- Angle grinder
- Belt sander
- Orbital sander
- Welding gear and safety equipment
- Magnetic metal welding clamps
- Various nuts and bolts and rivets
- Wall plugs for mounting the piece
Step 1: Prepare the metal components
With all your gear and tools in hand, it is now time to get down to it. The first step is to take your sheet metal and mark out a donut shape.
With the shape defined, take your angle grinder and cut out the shape as needed. Take care to follow the guidelines as closely as possible.
You will need one half-donut and a second semi-circular sheet of the same diameter.
As always when using things like an angle grinder, be sure to take precautions as you could get seriously hurt. For example, wear gloves wear needed as hot metal shards are not the nicest things to get with.
Cut the out curve of the donut first, and then move into the middle one once complete. If required, use a pair of pliers to help you bend the metal and remove the excess pieces.
With that complete, transfer the half donut of sheet metal to your belt sander. Slowly rotate the piece against the sander's belt to remove any barbs and cut marks from the metal's edge.
Keep moving the half donuts around until the edges are as smooth and rounded as possible. This will form the main front outer faces of the hose holder.
With that complete, take a small strip of metal and cut some small strips at various angles. You will need around ten pieces of varying lengths and angles.
These will be used to make an angled arch that closely matches the curvature of the centermost arch of the half donut. So, you will need two "keystone" pieces, eight more pieces of two distinct lengths to make the curved arms of the arch.
You will also want to make three more longer lengths of steel strip the same width as you want the main hose holder spindle point to be.
Next, take some square tubular steel and cut some short lengths of it also using your band saw. You will need to make two equally-sized lengths the same length as you want the hose holder's main tube spindle to be.
Step 2: Form the inner arches
With the small various lengths of steel strips, assemble them to form a rough arch shape. Then hold them together and weld as needed.
You will need to make two equally-sized arches.
As always when welding, be sure to wear protective gloves and a face shield to protect your skin and eyes from potential damage from the process.
You will certainly regret not following this advice.
Once the welds are fully cooled, take your angle grinder and clean up the weld points. You will want them to be flush with the main surface of the arch.
You can also clean up the rest of the surface of the arch at this point. Remove blemishes and rust, etc.
Step 3: Mount one arch to the hose holder face
With the arch complete, transfer it to one of your half donuts of sheet metal and mark out its position using a marker pen.
Mark out the points of the change in angles of the arch, and indent the points using a hammer and chisel.
With that complete, take your power drill and drill some holes through the dent parts of the half donut. These will be used to secure the arch to the sheet metal half donut.
Add some adhesive to the metal arch and superglue it into place on the metal half donut.
Turn the half donut over, and mark out the position of the previously made drill holes. Then remove the metal arch and drill holes through those points.
Step 4: Make the main frame of the hose holder
With that complete, take the arch and use some magnetic clamps to hold the tubular steel lengths your previously cut into place. Weld them to the metal arch, as needed.
You will want to add two of the tube lengths to the end of the legs of the arch. Then, take the second metal arch and weld it to the other open end of the metal tubes.
With that complete, take your remaining three long strips of metal and weld them to the frame to act as reinforcement cross members.
With the hose holder's central frame now more or less complete, take your angle grinder and clean up all weld points as needed.
Use this opportunity to also round off the sharp edges of the main support arches of the frame of the hose holder.
Step 5: Begin to assemble the hose holder
With the frame of the hose holder now complete, we can begin the final assemble. Take the frame and the perforated half donut sheet.
Mount the two pieces together using suitably sized rivets, but don't secure them just yet.
With one face now in position, take your marked pen and trace out the mounting position for the other side of the metal arch to the semi-circular plate. Remove the frame and drill mounting holes as you did for the first face of the hose holder.
This time, however, you will want more holes than previously made as these will be used for spot welding points in the future.
Step 6: Tidy up the metal of the hose holder
With that complete, disassemble the hose holder and polish all exposed parts of the metal components with an orbital sander.
With that complete, begin the final assembly of the hose holder. Take the half-donut front face and mount it to the frame using rivets.
Then turn the frame and half-donut front face over. Weld the bolts to the frame as needed.
Next, turn the frame over and mount the backplate to the frame. With that complete, weld the two pieces together through the holes you have previously drilled in the backplate.
With that complete, mark out where you want the wall mounting points to go and drill holes.
Step 7: Paint the hose holder
With the main assembly now basically complete, we can begin to make it look nice. Prepare your spray gun with your paint of choice (in this case brown), and begin to spray paint the entire assembly.
Alternatively, you could paint by hand or use a spray paint can. The choice is ultimately up to you.
Coat all exposed parts of the hose holder and be sure to get into the nooks and crannies of the main assembly. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated space -- ideally outdoors.
Leave the undercoat to dry, and then add another layer of waterproof sealant to the entire assembly. This is important, as the piece will be constantly getting wet.
Step 8: Install the hose holder
With the main assembly now complete, you can now install the piece in your garden. Decide where you want it, ensure it is level, and then mark out mounting points on the wall -- ideally a close to your external water pipe as possible.
With that complete, drill mounting holes through the external wall of your house.
Add wall plugs, and then match up the backplate mounting holes with the wall plugs. Insert matching screws, and mount the hose holder to your wall.
Tighten the bolts using a racket as needed.
With that complete, you can now connect your hose to the water supply, and wind it around your newly-fashioned hose holder.
Well done you!
If you enjoyed this project, you might want to build some more metal things to make your garden the envy of your friends and neighbors.
How about, for example, a mini outdoor BBQ?
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