DIY Plans: Build a Garden Harvest Basket

A beautiful and functional garden harvest basket allows you to rinse vegetables (or eggs!) immediately after gathering.

| May/June 2017

  • The design for this basket is based on the Maine clam hod, allowing dirt and water to flow out the wire sides and bottom.
    Photo by Elizabeth Williams
  • Gather materials and cut wood pieces to size.
    Photo by Elizabeth Williams
  • Making cut lines with a quart-sized paint can.
    Photo by Elizabeth Williams
  • In each end piece (A1 and A2), cut a 3/4-by-1-inch notch in each top corner.
    Photo by Elizabeth Williams
  • End piece detail.
    Photo by Elizabeth Williams
  • Place side rail (B1) in notches on both of the end pieces (C1 and C2). Drill 5/16-inch hole for wooden peg in one of the end pieces. Coat peg with glue and insert it into the hole. Repeat for the notch on the opposite end piece. Drill the holes to a depth of 1-1/4 inches. There will be 1/4 inch of peg left to use for handling. The excess can be trimmed flush with the side rail after the glue has dried.
    Photo by Elizabeth Williams
  • Use the hammer and crown staples to attach the hardware cloth to the bottom and sides of the end pieces (A1 and A2): Start on the bottom of the end pieces, in the center, and work out toward the sides, smoothing the hardware cloth as you go. Use 7 crown staples per end piece. Complete one end piece first, then repeat for the remaining end piece.
    Photo by Elizabeth Williams
  • Drill a 5/16-inch hole 1-1/2 inches from the bottom of the handle support, and a second hole 1-1/2 inches from the top of the handle support.
    Photo by Elizabeth Williams
  • Apply wood glue to the back of the handle support and to a wooden peg, and install it in one of the holes. Repeat for the second peg.
    Photo by Elizabeth Williams

After several years of hauling our beautiful homegrown produce from the garden to the kitchen in grubby old plastic buckets, my husband and I decided it was time to up our game a bit by treating ourselves to a new harvest basket. After an extensive search of local shops and internet sources failed to turn up exactly what we were looking for, we decided to build our own. The one we built is based on the Maine clam hod — a wood and wire basket used by clam diggers, which allows the clams to be rinsed right in the basket, with dirt and water running out through the sides and bottom. Although not traditional, we chose to use green vinyl-coated hardware cloth to construct our basket simply because we had some small pieces of it on hand, but plain galvanized hardware cloth would work just as well.

Materials and Cut List

If purchasing lumber, a 3-foot-long piece of 1-by-6-inch board will be sufficient. From it, or from scraps, cut the following pieces (all measurements in inches):

• (2) End pieces (A1 and A2) 1-by-5 1/2-by-16
• (2) Side rails (B1 and B2) 3/4-by-7/8-by-16
• (2) Handle supports (C1 and C2) 1/2-by-1-1/2-by-12
• (1) Wood dowel (D1) measuring 3/4-by-17
• (8) Wood pegs measuring 5/16-by-1-1/2 (cut from a piece of 5/16-inch wood dowel)
• (1) Piece 1/2-inch hardware cloth measuring 16-by-17
• Wood glue
• (14) 18-gauge 1/2-inch crown staples (longer crown staples can be cut to length with a side cutter)
• (2) 1-inch brads
• Wood preservative (optional)


1. Saw
2. Staple gun with 1/2-inch staples
3. Wood glue
4. Small flush-cut saw, or other small saw to cut wooden pegs to fit
5. Sandpaper
6. Pencil
7. Two small wood clamps
8. One 18-inch bar clamp
9. Hammer
10. Tape measure
11. Drill
12. 5/16-inch drill bit
13. 3/4-inch drill bit


1. Gather materials and cut wood pieces to size (Photo 1).

2. Mark lines for radius cuts on bottom corners of each end piece (A1 and A2) using a quart-sized paint can (Photo 2). Make radius cuts to end pieces. Smooth any rough edges.
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I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own garden harvest basket – 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 :)



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