Make a Homemade Garden Kneeler

Make a low-cost homemade garden kneeler using these easy-to-follow instructions. Build this device to help you get up from kneeling the garden.

| August/September 2007

Never get down and out in the garden again! Build this low-cost homemade garden kneeler using these easy-to-follow instructions.

Make a Homemade Garden Kneeler

Last year, while I finished touching up a few spots on my driveway, I started to get up, paint pot in one hand and brush in the other. Suddenly, the old right knee gave out. Falling backwards, I quickly jammed my right foot back for balance, breaking my big toe. A few days later, I tried to think of something that might help support me as I tried to stand after kneeling. I fashioned this handy tool for the “kneeling impaired” gardener.

Parts (total cost about $4)1 15-inch piece of 3/4-inch plastic pipe for the leg; 2 5-inch pieces for the feet; 4 4-inch pieces for the toes; 4 3/4-inch “Ts” for the joints; 4 1-inch rubber crutch tips; Plastic pipe glue; Household glue.

To make sure you know where all the pieces belong, first put the project together without the glue. Then do it again with the glue, which dries fairly rapidly. Happy gardening!
5/26/2018 9:59:44 PM

I use the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

Mike Harvey_1
10/23/2008 7:51:08 AM

sounds like a good... Intresting Idea... but I am a big guy with bad knees... What I find handy as a helper-uper is a plain old plastic 5 Gal. bucket... its wide enough to be stable. about the same hight as your neet tool and... I can place the tools I am using inside and then carry with the bail on the bucket... ever heard of KISS?

Ken Nelson
10/22/2008 12:31:29 PM

Hi Just looked at the Garden Getter upper. It is a good Idea except PVC can be brittle. I wouldn't want anyone to get hurt. I think using 1.5" PVC would be much safer than 3/4". It is more expensive but for safety sake I believe it would be worth it.

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