Handmade Garden Basket

Build a classic handmade garden basket, also known as a garden trug. 

January/February 2015

Article, photographs and illustrations by Brian Tokarchuk

Handmade Trug With Rope Handles

Garden trug

A trug can be valuable around your home and garden. It can hold your tools while you’re working in the garden and serve as a collection basket for your harvested produce. This already simple design is made even easier with a rope handle, and the type of wood you use is entirely up to you.

I used 1/2-inch-thick pallet wood for the wide center slats, but if you can’t find any or don’t have a wood planer to cut your wood to this dimension, you can substitute 3/4-inch material. Likewise, feel free to use your favorite type of wood, reclaimed lumber pine or any hardwood you’d like for this project. This is my version of the classic English “garden trug.”

Material list

• 3-foot length 3-inch-wide-by-3/4-inch stock
• 2-foot length 1 3/8-by-3/4-inch stock
• 3-foot length 1 1/2-by-1/2 to 3/4-inch stock
• 8-foot length
• 1-by-1/2 or 3/4-inch stock
• 5-foot length 1/2-inch rope (cotton or nylon)
• 1/4 pound 1 1/2-inch finishing nails

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