Isolation cages

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Project by RGtools posted 05-04-2011 03:07 PM 3213 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a quick project that let me bring my wife into the shop for help. These cages are covered with a reemay cloth and are used to preserve the integrity of plants that are going to be used for seed.

The project took about two hours to build using hand tools (I let my wife cheat and use my cordless drill for the pilot holes).

The joinery is pretty straight forward, half lap joints that have one lag bolt securing the joint to a stretcher. I could have beefed up the joiner but I actually wanted to be able to flex the joints a bit so the box would sit flush on the ground even if the ground is not flat.

Had I fired up the tablesaw I could have got these done in about 30 minutes but then I would have been working alone and this was one case where I really wanted a helper. As it stands I figured out some timesaving ideas and I think I could knock one of these out my way in about 90 minutes. We have a pretty large garden and we save a lot of seed so I am going to get a lot of practice.

Thanks for looking.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 06:41 PM

Good looking man!

How did you cut the half lap’s since you didn’t use the table saw? Also, what kind of process are you going through to save your seed?


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#2 posted 05-04-2011 07:03 PM

great teamwork :-)
and a great way of getting the best half of a copple to bee more understandeble
when new jewlry´s and high heels has to be bought to the shop :-)

take care

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 08:58 PM

Nothing better than to do something we like together.
It looks good, and makes me wish for a big garden again one day.
The best of my thoughts to bouth of you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 05-25-2011 05:39 AM

How do the plants get pollinated if the isolation box is around them? Do you put the box on after? or do you hand pollinate the plants?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 05-25-2011 04:26 PM

Millssnell. I used a back saw and a marking guage to cut the half laps, For that last 4 or so I was getting tired so I used a different trick. I cut the shoulder with my back saw but then I split the wast off with a chisel and a few well placed strikes. Then I pared cross grain with a chisel, this is faster than with the saw but has some potential for inaccuracy.

Dennis, You are right. She only ran out of the shop once….and she came back.

Mafe, my garden is something I am very thankful for. It’s not the size of a garden that matters as long as you get to help things grow.

Mark. Most of the varieties we grow are self pollinating but we go in with a q tip and pretend we are bees.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 05-25-2011 08:45 PM

I could not agree more.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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