How to build a tomato cage

This diy step by step diy project is about how to build a tomato cage. This project is about building a simple but sturdy tomato cage. If you want to grow tomatoes in your own backyard, a wood cage will help you keep them off the ground. I managed to build this diy tomato cage under 5 $, using common materials and tools.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. If this is your first project, you should read the instructions with attention. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.

 

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Building a tomato cage

Building a tomato cage

Building a tomato cage

See the plans that I used for this project here. The plans come with a cut list and with a few tips.

Building-the-sides

Building-the-sides

First of all, you need to build the sides of the tomato cage. I have used 1×2 slats for all the components. Adjust the size of the components to suit your needs and lay them on a level surface. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ galvanized screws to lock them together tightly.

Attaching-the-horizontal-supports

Attaching-the-horizontal-supports

Fit the bottom component to the sides. Leave at least 4″ ground clearance. If you live in a windy area, you should consider setting the trellis into the ground, so make sure you cut the legs longer.

Building-the-tomato-cage-sides

Building-the-tomato-cage-sides

Fit the middle support to the sides. Use galvanized screws to lock the component into place. Align the edges with attention for a professional result.

Building-the-opposite-side-of-the-cage

Building-the-opposite-side-of-the-cage

Repeat the process for the opposite side of the tomato cage. Make sure you take accurate measurements for a symmetrical result.

Assembling-the-tomato-cage

Assembling-the-tomato-cage

Next, you need to assemble the tomato cage. Fit the rest of the horizontal components and lock the two sides together. Pre-drill holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws.

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Building-a-tomato-cage

The tomato cage has an interesting shape. Everything is locked together tightly and the structure is extremely sturdy. Smooth the edges with 120-200 sandpaper and stain the components for an extended durability.

DIY-Tomato-Cage

DIY-Tomato-Cage

The cage will protect the plants from strong winds and keep them off the ground.

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How-to-build-a-tomato-cage

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