Build Your Berry (Own) Box

comments (28) April 30th, 2014

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yourownvictorygarden Greg Holdsworth, contributor
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PHOTO A - All of the pieces cut and ready to assemble.
PHOTO B - Frame nailed together.
PHOTO C - The box frame is completed.
PHOTO D - The box frame with handle supports attached.
PHOTO E - Putting in three nails in a triangular configuration will help prevent the handle from moving.
PHOTO F - Youll definitely want to predrill the holes for the dowel.
PHOTO G - Ready for the berries!
Click To Enlarge Photo: Greg Holdsworth (All photos)

Last year I dipped my toes into the world of growing berries (specifically raspberries and blackberries). The plants grew well in the fall, but then went into a depressive-looking state of hibernation through the winter. With spring arriving over a month ago, the plants have come back to life, and are growing with a vengeance. Now that the flowers are dropping off, I can see that it's about to be "berry time". So, with that, I needed a container for harvesting. Enter my "berry own" berry box. This project will produce a box approximately 17 1/2" wide, by 12 1/2 inches long, by 13 inches tall.

The list of things you'll need:

• 1 - 1" x 3" x 8' wood board (cedar, pine, etc.)
• 1 - 1/2" thick sheet of plywood, 18" x 12 1/2"
• 1 - 18" wood dowel, 1" diameter
• 10-15 box nails, 6d (2" long)
• 18-20 box nails, 4d (1 1/2" long)
• Saw (circular saw strongly recommended)
• Drill and drill bits
• Pencil and tape measure
• Square (metal or fast plastic type)
• Sandpaper or sanding block
• Hammer
• Waterproof wood glue (optional, but highly recommended)

Skill Level:

Easy to intermediate


1. Using the 1" x 3" x 8' board, cut two 16 1/2" lengths (for the front and back sides of the box), two 12 1/2" lengths (for the sides), and two 13" lengths for the handle support pieces.

2. Using the sheet of plywood, cut a piece 18" long and 12 1/2" wide.

3. Using the wood dowel, cut a length 18" long. Now you've got the pieces you'll need (PHOTO A).

4. Build the box's frame by nailing the front and back pieces (16 1/2" long) to the opposite ends of the side pieces (12 1/2" long) (PHOTO B). Nail the frame to the piece of plywood to create the box (PHOTO C). 

Tips: Pre-drilling the holes for the nails will make it easier to put them in. If you choose to use the wood glue, I found it easier to glue the four sides of the frame to the piece of plywood first, and THEN nail the whole thing together.

5. On the two handle support pieces, cut the corners at a 45-degree angle on one side.

6. Nail the two handle supports to the box/frame, aligning them at the bottom edges (PHOTO D). I ended up using three nails here, to prevent the handle from moving side to side (PHOTO E). 

7. Pre-drill the nail holes at both ends of the wood dowel, as well as the handle support pieces (PHOTO F). Then nail the dowel piece in place between the handle support pieces..

At this point, your box is ready for berry harvesting (PHOTO G). Finally, I would sand all edges to prevent slivers.

Now get pickin'!



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Comments (28)

Rohit Kumar writes: fabulous
Posted: 6:03 am on September 15th
mickysingh writes: nice
Posted: 3:13 am on May 24th
Dallinlarsen555 writes: cool
Posted: 2:46 am on September 30th
Dallinlarsen222 writes: fabulous
Posted: 3:03 am on September 27th
Dallinlarsen4 writes: cool
Posted: 1:27 am on September 17th
Dallin_larsen1 writes: lovely
Posted: 3:15 am on September 16th
Johnychamp writes: Nice Wood Work
Posted: 4:54 am on September 14th
DallinLarsen writes: nice
Posted: 2:06 am on September 13th
Tidhamierro writes: Incredible!
Posted: 6:25 am on August 25th
Parkevenew writes: Great
Posted: 3:09 am on August 20th
matthewtweedie writes: very nice
Posted: 12:24 am on August 3rd
MacGarnett writes: great
Posted: 1:44 pm on June 9th
Andrewlang writes: great
Posted: 5:09 am on June 2nd
Kavinjose writes: best one
Posted: 5:54 am on May 23rd
jacobgravers writes: that's nice
Posted: 12:45 am on May 11th
alexaida writes: very nice
Posted: 12:14 pm on May 9th
Davidecristiana writes: nice box
Posted: 12:43 am on April 29th
alliancelimo writes: superb work
Posted: 3:42 am on April 4th
KyleTElkin writes: Nice Information...
Posted: 5:03 am on October 27th
mickysingh writes: i like the toy
Posted: 1:05 am on October 20th
ajayind writes: nice bucket for barriers
Posted: 2:26 am on October 16th
prophc writes: great idea
Posted: 5:42 am on October 10th
evacaroll writes: Awesome idea......
Posted: 12:55 am on September 11th
RosaWallace writes: good to save place
Posted: 5:45 am on September 10th
LunaOpal writes: its good.
Posted: 4:38 am on September 10th
10860 writes: great work......
Posted: 2:16 am on September 10th
Lissa53 writes: wonderful work
Posted: 5:43 am on August 12th
WandaMG writes: I love the look of this box but as a total beginner I have a question. Why did you use nails instead of screws? Is it to keep that old fashioned feel of the project?
Posted: 11:56 am on May 11th
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