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Wood and wire mesh growing frame in a vegetable garden

Overview

This sturdy timber frame will keep your plants from misbehaving, providing a prop to all sorts of veggies and flowering plants that need some support to keep them flourishing.

Steps

1Measure and cut pickets

Using a mitre saw, cut four pickets to 600mm long as the top and base rails. On four 900mm pickets, mark a line 65mm from either end to mark a cross. Set out the frames with these side rails positioned over the top and base rails, then drill both rails through the centre of the crosses with a 6mm bit.

Corner joint of timber with set square, pencil and drill

2Position and secure wire panel

Position wire panel between the frames, with the panel 30mm below the top of the top rail so it protrudes at the base. Secure frames with bolts from the front, tightening nuts with a shifting spanner.

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Pro Tip The protruding wire panel rests in the garden to raise the timber off the ground.
Corner joint of timber with steel mesh

3Fix centre rail and add hinges

Cut the last picket to 550mm for the centre rail. On the back of a frame, position the rail between the nuts at the top, securing each end with two 30mm screws. Position the hinges 90mm from the ends, securing the insides with supplied screws. Position the other frame, front-side down, to attach the outside of the hinges.

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Pro Tip Always invest in galvanized or stainless steel bolts, screws, and hinges when building outdoor structures to prevent corrosion.
Corner joint of timber with steel mesh and hinge

4Seal with decking oil

Use a brush to seal the frame with clear decking oil, checking the end-grain is well coated. To add a handle, on the centre rail, 40mm inside each hinge, drill vertical holes with a 10mm bit to thread rope through and secure with knots.

Green Bunnings hammer
Pro Tip Timbers vary by region; contact your local store for further information.
Top of timber and steel mesh growing frame with rope handle

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.