With a successful growing season, harvesting in the garden can often leave you with your hands full.
Solve this problem by building a garden tote. You can even rinse the dirt off of your crops right in the tote. Or, use it to carry your gloves, trowel, and other gardening tools.
Build one for yourself or give as a gift. All you need are some basic woodworking skills.
Make a Garden Tote
Step 1: Cut the wood
From the 3/4-inch x 8 inch x 8 foot appearance board, cut two 8-inch pieces.
From the ¾-inch x 2-inch board, cut two 12-inch pieces and two 16-inch pieces.
From the ¾-inch dowel, cut one 17 ½-inch piece.
Step 2: Shape ends
Trace around a container or jar to create two rounded corners on the 8-inch boards. Trace a piece of the ¾-inch x 2 inch board at the opposite corners to create a rectangular notch.
With the markings face up, clamp the two 8-inch pieces together. Cut the corners with a jigsaw to create two end pieces with both notched and rounded corners.
Sand rounded corners.
Step 3: Add hardware cloth
With wire cutters, cut a 16-inch x 20-inch piece of ½-inch hardware cloth. Snip the edges flush so they won’t scratch you later. Staple the 16-inch edges of the cloth to the side of the 16-inch piece of wood with 5/16-inch staples.
Step 4: Attach sides
Place the 16-inch pieces in the notches on the ends, using a ⅛-inch drill bit, attach with 1 ¼-inch screws on each corner.
Step 5: Drill holes for handle
Clamp the two 12-inch pieces of wood together, and drill ¾-inch holes about 1-inch from one end for the handle.
Step 6: Add handle
Place wood glue in the hole in one 12-inch piece, and push the dowel in until the end is flush with the wood. Repeat for the opposite end of the dowel and the other 12-inch piece.
Step 7: Attach handle
Attach the dowel handle to the body of the tote with two 1 ¼-inch screws through the 12-inch pieces holding the dowel. Drill holes before attaching.
Stain or paint the wood before assembling to personalize and preserve your garden tote.
- 1-inch x 8-inch x 8-foot cedar appearance board
- ¾-inch x 2-inch x 8-foot cedar appearance board
- Tape measure
- Jar or container
- Jigsaw blade
- Wire cutters
- 1 ¼-inch coated deck screws
- ½-inch hardware cloth
- Staple gun
- 5/16-inch staples
- ¾-inch Forstner drill bit
- ¾-inch x 48-inch round dowel
- Wood glue
- Optional: Wood stain or outdoor paint