|Project by jiggles||posted 03-19-2016 11:45 AM||837 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
As much as this was a fairly simple project to build it still warrants publishing I think. Even treated lumber can take on an element of elegance with a few added elements.
To start with, this was a birthday present for my wife, all she wanted was a raised garden. Problem is that we don’t have a piece of flat ground that is 4’ X 8’ to put a raised garden on!
Four yards of sand later, a wheel barrow at a time, 1-1/2 yards of crushed granite (a wheel barrow at a time too), leveling the border blocks, then finally placing the simple box and stepping stones – presto a raised planter.
The planter was made with 3 – 2 X 12 X 8’, 3 – 2 X 6 X 10’’, 2 – 4 X 4 X 8’, a couple of 1 lb boxes of decking screws 3 1/2” and 3” long and a roll of hardware cloth with staples. Less than a $100. Assembly was standard butt joint and screw. I didn’t even cut the 8’ sides. Cut the ends from the other 8’ (1 cut). Cut 10 – 4×4 X 11 1/4”, 4 – 4 X 4 X 9”. The first for the legs and the latter for corner braces which are on the inside of the box. On the braces, I cut away an 1 1/2” square from one corner from each brace. This so I could screw the braces to the sides and ends with 3” screws. I added the legs first and screwed from the inside then the braces were added, less screws to show. I added the hardware cloth to the bottom. And added the sitting ledges made out of the 2 X 6’s. I made the end pieces long to create a butt joint, cut off the ends at a 45 degree angle and screwed the butt joint together thru these angles. The cut ends will save a few shin scrapes.
Next comes the plantings which as wood workers we could care less about and shouldn’t be covered in this section.
-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas