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This Gorilla Glue project fills two needs for our garden: where to store my cold frame when not in use and needing a place to keep tender plants out of rats’ reach.
It struck me a few weeks ago – if I remove the glass lid and Univent opener from my cold frame, I convert it to a grow box for seedling basil and summer greens – two items our neighborhood rats developed a taste for this year. By making a wire mesh (hardware cloth) lid, I won’t have to stash the cold frame – it’ll just remain in use as a safe house for tasty tender plants.
The wood used is from a recalled crib. Odd, yes, and we loved this crib. We were the third or fourth family to use it but drop-rail cribs are now banned from re-sale and I made the executive decision to cut it into pieces to salvage the oak.
Click the pictures above to view the cold frame conversion.
A Few Notes:
1. Check for fit by fitting the pieces to be glued together before applying any glue.
2. Rats can chew through hardware cloth, but they don’t just do it for sport. Hopefully they’ll leave this alone.
3. I needed to keep this simple and quick – I did not make an elaborate lid, just one that works.
4. Gorilla Glue does not let go once dried. Protect your work area accordingly and do not glue too closely to your clamps or weights, it expands while drying.
5. Read the bottle’s full instructions before using.
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6. For more information on my cold frame, start here.
7. It takes a little patience to get the hardware cloth flat enough along the wood in preparation for gluing. Using pliers to shape the wire and lots of lamps and/or weights helps a ton.
The new lid has been in use for about a week now. It works beautifully – it’s lightweight and no rats have put noticeable effort to getting inside. (Note: If you plan to build a similar mesh lid to keep out raccoons, you will need to latch it securely.)
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