Power Tool Challenge – Summer Edition
Once again, it is time for the Power Tool Challenge… This month’s theme is Summer! Since summer generally involves picking lots of fresh fruits and veggies from the garden, I created DIY plans to build a Vegetable Gathering Basket. This easy to build basket features a wood frame with a mesh bottom and a curved handle, and can be completed in a few hours! I’ve also included templates for the curved handle.
Note that the veggies pictured are not mine (they are courtesy of the local grocery store and my weekly budget!)… We’ve had a lot of rain and my garden has yet to produce any – ahem – “produce”. Hopefully soon!
- 2″ brad nails
- 1-1/2″ screws (<– affiliate link!)
- 1/2″ staples
- 1/4″ hardware cloth
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- Miter saw or circular saw
- 1″ Paddle (or Spade) bit, or 1″ hole saw
- Router with small roundover bit
- Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
- Metal snips
- Heavy Duty stapler
- 1 – 1×3 at 6′
- Scrap of 1×6 at 16″
- 2 – 1×3 at 10-1/2″ – Frame
- 2 – 1×3 at 16″ – Frame
- 1 – 1×6 at 16″ – Handle
Click on the drawings for a larger view!
Notes about the project:
Cut the 1×6 piece for the handle to length. Trace the the handle template on the board. Cut out the handle using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.
Mark the center of the holes for the handle and drill the holes with the 1″ paddle bit or hole saw. I usually start drilling on one side, then flip the piece over and continue drilling from the other side. This creates a much cleaner hole with less tear-out.
Draw lines connecting the top and bottom of the holes and cut along the lines with a jigsaw.
Use the router with the roundover bit to round the top of the handle (both sides of the board) as well as the inside of the handle (both sides, also).
Drill a pilot hole in the top edge of the ends of the handle to attach the handle to the frame. Set the handle aside.
Cut the pieces for the frame. Assemble the frame using glue and 2″ brad nails.
Cut the hardware cloth 2″ larger on all sides than the bottom of the frame opening. Cut a 2″ x 2″ notch in each corner (approx. 8 squares), and fold 1″ over on each side of the mesh. Fold the mesh at 1″ again (even with the notches) to make a sort of basket. Set the basket aside.
Finish the handle and frame as desired. I painted the handle and frame (except for the inside) in the example using white paint and added a wood applique to each side of the handle.
Position the basket inside the frame and secure in place using 1/2″ staples. Position the handle on the frame in the center of the sides securing in place with a 1-1/2″ screw in each of the pre-drilled holes.
Like this project? Check out the project from my partners on the Power Tool Challenge team:
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Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy by Interior Frugalista
Star Clothes Drying Rack by A Piece Of Rainbow
Farmhouse Bench Building Plans by Refresh Restyle
DIY Standing Towel Rack Tutorial by H2OBungalow
Reclaimed Wood Bookcase by Confessions of A Serial DIY’er
DIY Footstool by Virginia Sweet Pea
DIY Hose Hanger by My Repurposed Life
Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Vegetable Gathering Basket? Leave a comment below!