These were relatively simple to make, and very cheap too.
What you will need:
- Drill, drill bits, and screwdriver attachment
- Miter saw or comparable
- Tape Measure
- Square (optional)
- 1×2-48″ Stakes (4)
- #8×1″ Wood Screws (12)
- #10×2″ Metal Screws with nuts (2)
- 1×2″ board or comparable for the crossbeams
The 48″ stakes are perfectly tall enough for a decent tomato cage, so there is no cutting involved. For the cross beams, you need to choose a width that works for you. I choose 14″.
Cut 3 lengths of the 1×2″ board to your desired width. These will make the cross beams for your “short” side. In order for the cage to hinge, you will also make a “long” side, by adding double the depth of the Stakes. My Stakes were 5/8″ deep, so I added 1 1/4″ to create three (3) 15 1/4″ lengths.
Line your steaks up so that the square tops are even with each other. Measure out 3 lines semi-evenly down the length of the stake. Place the butt-end of the cut crossbeam on the line and draw a second line so that you can tell where the crossbeam will attach to the stake.
At the square end of each stake, drill a single hole wide enough to let the metal screw fit. Change your drill bit to a size better suited for the wood screws and Drill two holes side by side in each “box” you made while measuring where your crossbeams will sit.
Take 2 of your stakes, and the 3 “short” lengths of crossbeam and screw them together (make sure that the pointy side of the stakes both face the same direction…)
Do the same for the “long” lengths.
All that is left is to attach both sides together with the metal screws and nuts.