Posted 14th Jun 2016
This essential bit of summertime kit is so simple to make
Flies can be a real nuisance on a hot summer day. Meals in the garden can be ruined by flies buzzing round your food. If you don't want to be constantly swatting them with your hand or napkin, there's only one solution: protect your food from the pesky insects with a traditional cheese safe. Follow our simple step-by-step instructions to make this handy cupboard. Your food will be well-protected by the mesh screens – flies and wasps won't stand a chance.
This cheese safe will also come in handy for storing food in your kitchen or larder all year round
You will need:
2 plywood boards (for top and bottom panels 40x40cm, 15mm thick)
1 plywood panel (for shelf, 31x31cm, 8mm thick)
For the frame:
4 pieces of square-edged timber (40x2.8x2.8cm)
8 wooden slats (40x4x1.3cm)
4 wooden slats (26x4x1.3cm)
4 wooden slats (23.4x4x1.3cm)
6 thin wooden slats,
90 cm long (10x5mm)
1 roll of insect mesh (60x120cm)
1 door knob
1 handle (with screws to fit)
You will also need: Screws: eight 5x50mm, twelve 3x30mm, sixteen 2.5x16mm, plus 16 small nails, wood glue. Tools: Stapler and staples, saw, screwdriver, electric drill.
1 Glue the wide slats for the larger front and back frames (40x26cm) and the small side frames (40x23.4cm) and then staple them at the joints.
2 Screw the four brackets half way down each upright. Saw 2x2cm rectangles from the corners of the shelf.
3 For the inserts, cut the thin slats to fit inside the frame, minus 1mm. Nail the thin slats to the frame and staple once across the corners. Cut pieces of mesh to fit the frame with an extra 1cm all round. Pull it over the frame and staple.
4 Push the mesh inserts into each frame and fix with screws (2.5x16mm) on the inside.
5 Fix the uprights to the narrower side frames with two screws. Screw the back onto the uprights of the side frames. Check that the shelf fits. Fit the door knob and hinges to the inside of the door frame. Fix the door with hinges to the narrow side of the side frame.
6 Fix on the top, overlapping all round by about 3cm. Drill 3cm-deep holes for the screws 5.5cm from each corner. Screw in and repeat for floor. Finally, screw on the handle and add shelf.
If you want to varnish the wood, it is best to do this before putting it together. As you will be using it for food stuffs, natural paints are best.