Garden Enclosure - Built by Home Depot Garden Club

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:08
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Easy DIY Garden enclosure plans by ANA-WHITE.com

Hi Everyone!  Happy May!!!

So let's start May off with an amazing project plan!  I teamed up with the Home Depot Garden Club to build this garden enclosure!

When I did the design for this project, I used as many full length boards as possible to reduce both cutting and waste.  This plan is also designed so that it's easy to put the wire mesh on and the trim works both structurally and as sides for the interior raised bed areas.  I'm so happy with how this project turned out and really got to give it to the folks at the Home Depot Garden Club for doing such an amazing job.

They also created an amazing video too! I love how detailed and helpful this video is!  It's a must watch if you are planning to build this project!

I'm sharing my plan diagrams below, but make sure you hop over to the Home Depot Garden Club for more pictures, step by step construction pictures and more so you can build this yourself.  

See you back here for the plans!

Get Building!

Ana

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

4 – 4x4 @ 72”
3 – 2x4 @ 144” (cut the 72” long 2x4s from these)
13 – 2x4 @ 96” long
14 – 2x6 @ 96” long
1 – 1x2 @ 6 feet long
(Recommend exterior grade lumber)

3” and 2-1/2” exterior decking screws
32 feet of 48” width chicken wire or mesh
Staples for attaching chicken wire

Cut List

FRAME
4 – 4x4 @ 72”
6 – 2x4 @ 72”
7 – 2x4 @ 96”
7 – 2x6 @ 96”
2 – 2x6 @ 30-1/2”
2 – 2x4 @ 30-1/2”
8 – 2x4 @ 31” – Long point to long point measurement, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, NOT parallel

RAISED BED
4 – 2x6 @ 96”
4 – 2x6 @ 38”

DOOR
2 – 2x4 @ 46”
2 – 1x2 @ 33-1/2”
1 – 2x4 @ 53”
1 – 2x4 @ 33-1/2”
1 – 2x6 @ 33-1/2”

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

On a flat, level surface, lay the 4x4 posts out and attach the 2x4 and 2x6 to the top and bottom with 3” wood screws and exterior glue. Attach to the center a 2x4 @ 72” long on edge. Adjust for square by taking diagonal measurements and making sure the two measurements match.

Build two side walls.

Step 2

Use 3” wood screws and exterior wood glue to attach 2x4s to top and 2x6 to bottom to create the front and back wall framing. Adjust for square by taking diagonal measurements.

At this point the enclosure should be placed in final position.

Step 3

Attach remaining 2x4 @ 72” long on edge to front and back walls, 24” fron the 4x4 corner posts. Use the 3” exterior screws and exterior wood glue.

Step 4

Wrap the bottom exposed 4 feet of the enclosure in chicken wire or mesh, securing with staples. Leave opening for door between 2x4 @ 72”long.

Step 5

Step 6

Ensure the enclosure is square. Then attach cross supports to insides of project with 2-1/2” exterior wood screws and exterior glue.

Step 7

Attach 2x6 boards to inside to create raised beds. 2x12 boards can also be used. Use 2-1/2” exterior screws.

Step 8

Attach 1x2s to top and bottom of 2x4 boards to create door frame. Use 2-1/2” exterior wood screws. Check and adjust door frame for square.

Step 9

Lay cross support board over door frame. Mark with a pencil. Cut off ends with a circular saw or jigsaw.

Step 10

Staple mesh or chicken wire to the door frame.

Step 11

Attach 2x4 and 2x6 door trim to the door frame with 2-1/2” screws. Also attach cross support.

Step 12

Attach door to enclosure with gate hinges.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

balloongal247

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 09:57

Would this garden enclosure be sufficient to deter bears?  My area apparently has some kind of bear problem, but I'd still like to be able to have a vegetable garden.

balloongal247

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 09:58

Would this garden enclosure be sufficient to deter bears?  My area apparently has some kind of bear problem, but I'd still like to be able to have a vegetable garden.