First of all you may be wondering what a “hod” is! According to dictionary.com com a hod is a portable trough for carrying mortar, bricks etc., fixed crosswise on top of a pole and carried on the shoulder. I found these directions on runnerduck.com and thought it would be a perfect solution for carrying in vegetables from the garden. My husband took one look at the directions and decided to make a few modifications. Now I have my own custom made Veggie Hod! Here’s what you need from the original directions:
- 1 x 6 inch cedar 3 feet long
- ½ inch wire mesh 16 by 16 inches
- ¾ inch dowel
- Carpenters glue
We had some leftover ¾ inch cedar siding that was perfect for the project.
Cut the ends 5 ½” by 8”.
Radius the two bottom corners using a 1 quart paint can as a guide.
Using a band saw or jig saw (shown) cut the corner radius.
Cut the two side rails 1 by ¾ by 16 inches.
Veggie Hod wood parts list cut from ¾ inch cedar: 2 ends 5 ½ x 8″, 2 side rails 1 x ¾ x 16″, 2 handles 1 ½ x 12″, and a 3/4 inch dowel 17 ½ inches long.
Cut a ¾ x 1 inch notch in each top corner of the end pieces for the side rails.
End pieces rough cut and ready for sanding.
Cut the mesh 16 by 16 inches. Cut the wire very close to the cross wires to eliminate sharp, pointy wires. Bend one edge of the mesh 90 degrees, ½ inch in from the edge.
Staple that ½ inch edge to the bottom of one of the sides.
Align the side in one of the end notches and wrap the mesh around to mark your bend point for the other side. When you have this mark bend the mesh 90 degrees and staple to the other sidepiece.
Fasten the side rails to the end pieces with 1 ½ inch screws.
Drill ¾ holes at top end of handle. Draw out half-round for cut to finish.
Handle ends shaped and finished.
Attach handles to the center of each end piece with two 1 ¼ inch screws.
Slide the dowel into the handles and mark any excess dowel length and trim off. Dab some wood glue into the handle holes and insert dowel. Tap a 1 inch brad through the handle into the dowel to secure.
I can’t wait to use my Veggie Hod, it will be perfect for gathering the harvest from the garden, I’ll even be able to give the vegetables a quick wash before coming into the house.
Since my husband made four of these I’m thinking of a winter giveaway, good idea?
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