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Project

Wooden Towers

 These supports fit nicely into a small corner of a vegetable or flower garden. 

Materials

  • Saw or belt sander
  • Four 6-foot pieces 1-by-2-inch wood, preferably cedar
  • Pencil
  • Forty 3/8-inch wood screws
  • Ten 12-inch pieces 1-by-2-inch wood, preferably cedar
  • Ten 13 1/2-inch pieces 1-by-2-inch wood, preferably cedar

Steps

  1. Step 1

    With a saw or belt sander, taper 3 inches at bottom of 6-foot 1-by-2s to a point.  To finish assembling, place these “ladders” parallel to one another on their sides. Screw in 13 1/2-inch crosspieces at 12-inch intervals on open sides, creating a tower. Anchor tower 1 foot deep in soil. Plant one seedling at the center of the base (as the stem grows upward, tuck any wayward branches inside the tower).

  2. Step 2

    Lay two of the pieces flat and parallel on work surface, about 10 inches apart; with a pencil, mark every 12 inches down length of wood. Screw in 12-inch crosspieces at marked points, so that each edge is flush with the legs' outer edges. Repeat with remaining 6-foot lengths

  3. Step 3

    To finish assembling, place these “ladders” parallel to one another on their sides. Screw in 13 1/2-inch crosspieces at 12-inch intervals on open sides, creating a tower.

  4. Step 4

    Anchor tower 1 foot deep in soil. Plant one seedling at the center of the base (as the stem grows upward, tuck any wayward branches inside the tower).

Source
Martha Stewart Living, March 2004