DIY Harvest Basket

A lovely, functional harvest basket allows you to rinse vegetables (or eggs!) immediately after gathering.

By Craig and Elizabeth Williams
September/October 2017

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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 that it was time to up our game 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 that 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 & Cut List

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

• 2 end pieces: 1-by-5-1/2-by-8
• 2 side rails 3/4-by-7/8-by-16
• 2 handle supports 1/2-by-1-1/2-by-12
• 1 wood dowel measuring 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
• Fourteen 18-gauge 1/2-inch-crown staples (longer crown staples can be cut to length with a side cutter)
• Two 1-inch brads
• Wood preservative (optional)