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Project by Dadoo posted 06-15-2010 07:34 PM 2238 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a need to cover a dead zone next to the front porch; a need to build a garden; and a need for something that would be user friendly. The brackets are rough cut 2×4 Hemlock with several coats of a quality deck stain. I lag bolted them to the skirting 2×4 runners for strength. The boxes are made from the cheapest 3/4” plywood I could purchase (Mistake here…paint shows all the defects! I would advise using a good floor grade plywood…no, not pressure treated either…it will leach those chemicals into the soil!). They’re dadoed, glued and nailed with Tite-bond III and the interiors are coated heavily with roofing tar. This stuff lasts on the roof like forever so I’m not worrying about it leaching into the soil, plus it really waterproofs the boxes cheaply. I wanted to go with a swimming pool or pond liner, but couldn’t find any that hadn’t survived the winter. Roofing rubber (EPDM) does leach chemicals so that idea was out. The boxes were then primed, sanded and given three coats of a quality outdoor topcoat. My 20 year old pile of compost really payed off as I had more than enough to fill these boxes. You’re looking at 24’ x 12” wide x 14” deep boxes…that made for around 40, 5 gallon buckets of compost that had to be screened and delivered to each box! And then I replaced her window box too!

I’m so glad this one is over. Hopefully it will need nothing more than touch-up painting in the future! Cost me around $150.00 and 40+ hours labor.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 07:39 PM

This looks great, Dadoo. I can’t let my wife see it or she’ll be trying to figure out where to put these on our house.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-15-2010 08:00 PM

Nice job! It looks really good. All’s well that ends well.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 06-15-2010 09:01 PM

A great addition to the porch. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 06-15-2010 09:37 PM

Hey Dado, What a great looking project!

Very clever idea, and construction.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 06-15-2010 11:02 PM

I know you are posting for boxes which look great! But what a gorgeous house too. Don’t see that much here in Florida so when I do, I am in aww.

-- Mike, Florida,

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#6 posted 06-15-2010 11:04 PM

Great job what a wonderful addition to your home.

-- Custom furniture

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Ted Pagels

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#7 posted 06-15-2010 11:40 PM

Why nt just use treated lumber?

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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Bob #2

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#8 posted 06-16-2010 12:18 AM

I would have used treated lumber as well.
The new stuff has a less evil chemical than the old stuff plus you don’t have to deal with synthetic liners etc when they are spent.
I’ve use Titebond II on some outside jobs and have been disappointed . I am trying Titebond III but the jury is still out on that one too.
p.s. I use Western cedar most of the time and just biscuit the fence boards when I need more width.
My new ones this year will each have a water reservoir.

Nice job on yours.

Good luck with yours.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 06-16-2010 03:31 AM

This is a nice looking project!

-- Janice

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#10 posted 06-16-2010 04:01 AM

Very nice! Lots of work but the results are worth the effort, I would say. I made a couple of small window boxes several years ago and considered using pt wood but ended up just using some pine I had. Probably won’t last forever but they’ve been hanging on the front of the house now for four years and no signs of decay yet. Never thought of coating the inside with roofing tar but, then, if you drill drain holes you kind of defeat the purpose anyway don’t you? I figured that I made them inexpensively and if they fall apart, I’ll just make some more.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#11 posted 06-16-2010 04:05 AM

These turned out great! Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 06-16-2010 04:40 AM

Very nice, the window boxes with the lower braces are especially fine. I would expect that you had to fit them to the siding, I love to grow gardens too. Great style!

-- $tudie

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#13 posted 06-16-2010 10:21 AM

Look real good, really dresses up a already goodlooking porch!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 06-18-2010 02:49 AM

great posting Buddy … lots of fun

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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