Magazine article Sunset

If This Doesn't Keep the Birds Away from the Cherries

Magazine article Sunset

If This Doesn't Keep the Birds Away from the Cherries

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As much stagecraft as garden know-how went into the wire structure that protects the cherry tree shown here. Designed by a man who was a stagehand in high school, the cage's modular panels go together quickly and securely, store flat, and cost little. What's more, they can be reassembled in different ways to protect other fruits after the cherry crop is in.

Don Anderson of Sequim, Washington, based his design on 4- by 10-foot panels, each made from one 8-foot and two 10foot 1-by-2s, a 12-foot 1-by-4, and scrap 3/8-inch plywood for gussets and tabs.

First, he cut the 8-foot 1-by-2 into two 45inch lengths. He then nailed one 45-inch piece flush with the tops of the side pieces and attached the other one 4 inches above the base of the side pieces. At each butt joint, he nailed a small reinforcing

gusset made from a piece of plywood.

To add strength, four 3-foot diagonal braces (cut from the 1-by-4) fit across the corners. Mr. Anderson stapled 1-inchmesh chicken wire (cut from 4-foot-wide rolls) over the inside of each panel. …

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