Raspberry Rack

My neighbor Mark designed and created this brilliant raspberry support.  On a recent Saturday morning, he sketched it out, bought the wood, constructed it, and had it in place in his garden by lunchtime!  After I shared my admiration of his talents, he graciously offered to help me build one for myself.  Here is our creation.

Mark shared his box of handsome stainless steel screws with me.  I bought 12 pieces of 1″ x 2″ x 6′ cedar pieces.

For a trained architect, my neighbor kept the assembly process simple and easy.  So far no measuring.  Only eye-balling it.

The first bottom cross piece gets attached right in place.  No pilot holes necessary with this cedar.

After the bottom cross support is attached in both spots, a screw goes in the middle area.

The first completed section.

The second section is created on top of the first one.  No tape measure in sight yet.

The second piece is left on top of the first while the screws are attached.

Before I knew it, we had three sections completed.

Mark’s daughter, Lucy, showed up and was a first-rate raspberry rack assisstant.

Finally a tape measure is used to mark where the cross supports will go on the three X pieces we just made.  Measurements were made at 22″, 44″ and 66″

The connecting lower cross piece is attached starting in the middle.

Lucy attaching the middle cross piece.

Raoul assissting with the top cross piece.

Attaching the cross pieces is repeated on the opposite side.

Short pieces of wood were attached to each end for additional supports to go into the ground.  Raoul is hammering his end into the ground.

Hardly any waste from our 12 boards.

Many thanks to neighbor Mark for sharing his raspberry rack design, and building one for our garden!

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6 Responses to “Raspberry Rack”

  1. Cindy Pestka Says:

    Fabulous! And it could double as an art-drying rack when it’s sunny. I’m picturing it with big sheets of paste paper or watercolor backgrounds pre- and post-raspberry season.

    • Beth Evans-Ramos Says:

      I hadn’t even thought of the possibilities of other ways to use my spiffy new rack when it is not raspberry season. Art hanging in our veggie garden would be quite exciting!

  2. carole Says:

    Thanks for this idea. We recently planted six raspberry plants in a large raised bed, and have been trying to figure out whether to let them be (and keep them trimmed back – like we did at our last house), or train them onto something.

    • Beth Evans-Ramos Says:

      Figuring out raspberries is all new to me. I’m excited that some of the older canes are going to produce berries this year. Right now we are in strawberry heaven. One of our nice neighbors shared her bounty with me tonight. Tomorrow I’m going to try out a new recipe for baked strawberry jam that uses just a little bit of honey. Sounds tasty!

  3. Karen K. Says:

    Hi Beth!
    Nice rack! So glad to reconnect with you through your great neighbors. Mark is very handy. Enjoy the berries.

    • Beth Evans-Ramos Says:

      Hi Karen,

      It’s great to hear from you! It’s a fun, small world that you and our neighbors are friends too. We hit the jackpot having them (and all of our other neighbors) be a part of our community.Please tell Connor hello from me.

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