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.

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Marking the notch to cut.

End pieces rough cut and ready for sanding.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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?

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10 comments on “My Garden: Making a Veggie Hod

Barbara Laabs on March 10, 2016 2:37 am

The hardest part would seem to be shaping the ends of the handles. Any trick to that?

Nancy Wolff on March 10, 2016 12:37 pm

My husband used dowels to create the handles!

Priscilla Avalos-Morales on April 27, 2016 3:24 pm

I love this. I wish I had the equipment to make it. Because I totally would love to. You should think about cutting out the supplies and selling as a kit for people who don’t have the equipment but would love to make it. Like me.

Nancy Wolff on April 27, 2016 8:24 pm

I’ll have to suggest this idea to my husband!

Srg on January 21, 2017 7:00 pm

Any concern on what kind of mesh to use? The wire mesh from my local hardware atore came with all kinds of warnings about chemicals on it? Do these wash off?

Nancy Wolff on January 21, 2017 7:34 pm

We used a piece of mesh leftover from another project.I rinse the vegetables with the hose when they are in the hod and never thought about a problem with chemicals! I don’t store any veggies in the hd so they are only in the hod while I’m picking them.

Bob on July 6, 2017 3:31 pm

You could use PVC coated wire mesh. I painted my Galv. wire mesh with Milk Paint from JoAnns.

Nancy Wolff on July 7, 2017 12:14 am

that is an excellent suggestion to use PVC coated mesh! Thanks for sharing.

Gerald Whitworth on June 14, 2018 10:23 pm

Thank you for posting the step-by-step directions. I just built one to gather tomatoes and okra from our okra. I was a bit concerned about the hardware cloth sagging in thw middle when full of vegetables so I added two 3/4″ × 3/4″ strips on the bottom to act as a flat surfacw for sitting on a table without rolling. I stapled the hardware cloth to these runners which gave it a bit more stability.
I am going to make another one but only 8″ in length to use to gather eggs from our chicken coop. We dont need anything huge since we only have 5 chickens but this length should work nicely.
Rather than buy a dowel I decided to just turn one from cedar on my lathe.

Nancy Wolff on June 15, 2018 1:04 am

I’m glad the directions were helpful, I love the additions you made and making one a smaller size for eggs is wonderful! Would love to see a picture!

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