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Portable Lath House

This airy shelter can be moved wherever you need to shield tender plants or seedlings from full sunlight until they're established.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2002


  • 1-by-2-inch wood

  • Wood glue

  • Saw

  • Finishing nails

  • Two galvinized butt hinges

  • 1-inch screws


  1. Cut four pieces of standard 1-by-2-inch wood to a length of 28 inches long to make the shelter's legs.

  2. Cut more 1-by-2 or standard lath strips to 36-inch lengths; using wood glue and finishing nails, attach to legs 1 inch apart along the entire length. (We used a 1-inch piece of wood as a spacer to align strips without having to measure.)

  3. Join the two lath panels with two galvanized butt hinges, attaching them to the legs with 1-inch screws.

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