DIY Raised Bed (Removable) Pest Gate

If your garden consists of raised beds, they do offer some level of critter protection, depending on how tall they are. However, for certain animals that are taller, you will need a ‘wall’ around your bed of some sort. With this type of pest protection, it comes at the cost of convenience. This pest ‘gate’ solves that problem by being completely removable. This project will construct a 4-foot wide by 1-foot high gate. If you want to make the gate taller, you can certainly do so.

The list of things you’ll need:

1. Two 1″ x 2″ x 8′ wood furring strips (Pine is standard, but you may opt for a nicer quality wood. You’ll have some extra left.)
2. Two 2-foot wood dowels, 5/8″ diameter (You can also get one 4-foot piece and cut it in half)
3. One 2-foot piece of PVC pipe, 1″ diameter
4. Eight 1 1/2″ wood screws (I would use a #6 or #8)
5. Eight 3/4″ wood screws (I would use a #6)
6. Two-four 1″ plastic conduit brackets
7. 1-foot x 4-foot piece of hardware cloth (You may need to buy a short roll of it. I used the thicker 1″ mesh type.)
8. Electric drill & drill bits (bit size to match screws)
9. Saw (hand saw is fine, but jigsaw is recommended)
10. Tape measure or ruler
11. Metal wire-cutting pliers
12. Staple gun and staples
13. Stain or weatherproof coating (optional)

Skill Level:

Easy to intermediate, depending on your wood-working/cutting skills.

Construction:

1. First, determine how tall you wish to make your removable gate(s). For this project, I built a gate that was 4-foot wide by 1-foot high. You may need a taller gate depending on the existing height of your raised bed and/or the type of critters you’re trying to keep out.

2. From the two 1″ x 2″ x 8′ furring strips, cut out two pieces that are 4-feet long and two pieces that are 1-foot long. After pre-drilling the screw holes, screw the four pieces together. You’ll have a long rectangular frame shape (Photo A).

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