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First of all you may be wondering what a “hod” is! According to 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 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
  • Nails
  • Staples

We had some leftover ¾ inch cedar siding that was perfect for the project.

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Leftover Cedar Siding.

Cut the ends 5 ½” by 8”.


Cutting the ends.

Radius the two bottom corners using a 1 quart paint can as a guide.


Using a paint can as a guide.

Using a band saw or jig saw (shown) cut the corner radius.

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Cut the corner radius.

Cut the two side rails 1 by ¾ by 16 inches.

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Cut the side rails.

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.

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Veggie Hod wood parts.

Cut a ¾ x 1 inch notch in each top corner of the end pieces for the side rails.

Veggie hod

Marking the notch to cut.

End pieces rough cut and ready for sanding.

Veggie Hod

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.

Veggie Hod

Cut the wire mesh.

Staple that ½ inch edge to the bottom of one of the sides.

Veggie Hod.

Staple the wire mesh.

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.

Veggie Hod

Staple 90 degree bent wire mesh edges to the bottom of each side rail.

Fasten the side rails to the end pieces with 1 ½ inch screws.

Veggie Hod

Fasten the side rail.

End pieces attached to side rails with wire mesh.

Veggie hod.

Ends attached,

Drill ¾ holes at top end of handle. Draw out half-round for cut to finish.

Veggie Hod

Drill holes.

Handle ends shaped and finished.

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Finished handles.

Attach handles to the center of each end piece with two 1 ¼ inch screws.

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Attach handles.

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.


Veggie Hod

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.

Veggie Hod

Waiting for a coat of stain!

Since my husband made four of these I’m thinking of a winter giveaway, good idea?

Linked to: FrugallySustainable, GingerSnapCrafts, TheThriftyHome, WeAreThatFamily, MsGreenthumbJean, MindBodyandSoleASouthernDaydreamer, AdornedFromAbove, LocalSugarHawaii, AGlimpseInside, KatherinesCorner, Seven-Alive, BrambleberryCottage, BlissfulRhythm, LiveRenewed, SimpleLivesThursday, HomemakersChallenge, DelightfulOrder, TootsieTime, NoOrdinaryHomestead

25 comments on “My Garden: Making a Veggie Hod

Carol and artmusedog on November 7, 2012 2:00 pm

Great post and creative husband ~ Great giveaway ~ very generous ~ wondering about shipping price though ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

melanie on November 7, 2012 2:29 pm

Looks amazing! Great job!

P.S. I’m hosting a $50 Shabby Apple Giveaway on my blog, you should come check it out!

Nancy on November 7, 2012 2:31 pm

Thanks Melanie, I’ll come check it out!

Joyce M on November 7, 2012 3:42 pm

I’ve seen these but never knew the word. What a talented hubby you have. Nice job!
Joyce M

Glenda on November 7, 2012 4:07 pm

What a fantastic idea! Love these! Thank you so much for sharing.

Cindy Brickley on November 7, 2012 6:40 pm

I love these and would definitely put them to use, my garden is way down over the bank and my dumb plastic bags break before I get up the hill. I would also use them to store potatoes and onions. Oh, so many uses are going through my head. Giveaway sounds so good!

Leslie's Garden on November 7, 2012 9:40 pm

Wow, that would be a fantastic giveaway! How wonderful to have such a crafty husband! Very impressive!

Debi @ Adorned From Above on November 9, 2012 5:18 am

Amazing tutorial I love these. Thanks so much for sharing this with Adorned From Above.
Debi @ Adorned From Above

Katherines Corner on November 9, 2012 10:46 pm

yes, yes, a giveaway! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

luana on November 13, 2012 8:44 am

I am dying for one! Looking to scrounging up a cedar board from somewhere tomorrow! Thanks!

Kathy on November 14, 2012 9:56 pm

Wow, these are amazing – I have learned something new – love the way they look – great tutorial! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Moonwaves on November 21, 2012 2:51 pm

Oh my. Now that is a thing of beauty. Fabulous!

Audrey Zumwalt on January 23, 2013 1:47 pm

Wonderful design and great tutorial. I will make this … easy peasy with these neat instructions. Wish my workshop looked that clean. Great giveaway. Would love to win one … but if not, thanks for the offer.
Audrey Z.
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eko on January 23, 2013 2:00 pm

A work of art – my husband is an amazing craftsman too.

April S on November 23, 2013 2:38 am

Your husband did a very excellent work!! LOVE them!

Nancy on November 23, 2013 5:14 am

He di a wonderful job, I love my veggie hod!

טבעונות on November 25, 2013 6:14 am

amazing work! going to ask my husband to build me a few right away and post it to my Vegan Blog

David on November 25, 2013 6:15 am

But how do you do the small circles in the wood?

Tina on November 25, 2013 1:15 pm

those look great! I am coping and saving the photos as a “how to ” for myself next spring. I love a give away as much as the rest but surely you have family/friends that like to garden…think Christmas gifts ( or Hanukkah presents ). Thanks again for the inspiration

Nancy on November 25, 2013 3:06 pm

My husband used a drill, the specifics should be listed in the directions!

Charity on November 25, 2013 4:57 pm

These are incredible! I love the idea of not having to use plastic bags! I think a giveaway would be spectacular too! :)

Beth S on November 27, 2013 1:58 pm

I think this is going to be my sons 4H woodworking project! And as a service project he can make some for or local csa!

Nancy on November 27, 2013 4:44 pm

what a great project for your son. Have him make more then one and you will have some wonderful gifts!

Kirstie on November 16, 2014 4:28 am

I have been looking for some easy and straightforward instructions to make one! Thanks so much!

Nancy on November 16, 2014 9:43 pm

Fun to make and if you’re making one, make another one at the same time, they make great gifts!

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