|Project by Dadoo||posted 06-15-2010 07:34 PM||2351 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
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!