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Planter platforms/Covers for ugly post foundations

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 08-13-2016 01:08 AM 955 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked if I could build something to cover some ugly post foundations at a friend’s house. The previous owners apparently felt that shapeless lumps of concrete with random rocks stuck in it was attractive. My friend did not. She wanted something that could hold potted plants.

I took some measurements, made my calculations and bought some 5/4 pressure treated pine. After I started cutting it to size, I realized I had underestimated. I went back and bought some more and finished cutting the wood.

Because I had to wrap these around the posts I made the boxes 3 sided. I put the third side on along with the tops on site. After everything was encased I used some scraps to build a collar around each post. These both hide my cuts around the post and help transition the boxes to the deck posts. The deck is slated to be power washed and painted and those workers will paint the boxes as well.

Well, it’s sort of woodworking!

I was surprised that these all fit in the back of my car (the silver one in pic 3.)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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JPJ

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#1 posted 08-13-2016 02:45 AM

Nice job!

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#2 posted 08-13-2016 06:01 AM

Well Dave that is a well thought out Job looks great and the pot plants will complement them as well.

Its a pity they will get painted but I guess if thats the intent of the owner so be it.
Subaru’s are good gor holding all sorts of stuff.
BTW do you get the “Subaroo” ad with a GI Joe doll doing a do do do routine? it reminded you and your post !!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 08-13-2016 08:21 AM

Sure look good and you can decorate them with flower potts also.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 08-13-2016 10:50 AM



Well Dave that is a well thought out Job looks great and the pot plants will complement them as well.

Its a pity they will get painted but I guess if thats the intent of the owner so be it.
Subaru s are good gor holding all sorts of stuff.
BTW do you get the “Subaroo” ad with a GI Joe doll doing a do do do routine? it reminded you and your post !!
- robscastle

Customer wants it to match the deck, so it’s getting painted.

I looked up the ad you referenced. Pretty funny.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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nomercadies

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#5 posted 08-13-2016 12:05 PM

What does Red Green say about being handy? You’re handy.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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tmasondarnell

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#6 posted 08-13-2016 02:30 PM

Those look great.

Not to be the downer, but the reason you usually leave the bottom of the post exposed is help protect against rot. Even if those are PT lumber, there is still a risk of rot at the bottom and top of the posts. I would be concerned that the boxes would limit air circulation and increase the risk of moist collecting there. Also, with the boxes, you will not be able to see if the post do start to decay.

I would be tempted to open a bigger gap at the bottom and may some space around the post to enable airflow through the box.

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 08-13-2016 10:49 PM

Maybe its enough that there is a gap between he boards on the top surface.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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