Planter boxes - a quick project with huge returns!

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Project by 72hw posted 01-15-2013 07:43 PM 6196 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the original planter box, shown in the background of picture one, works great if you leave it on the ground. When one sets it upon the cinder-block wall of our patio however, the chances of it flipping down into the abyss between our wall and the neighbors fence increase dramatically.

So what to do?

Build boxes that will not fall over! I even added handles to make placement and removal easier for my beloved gardening girlfriend – something that earned me a Woolrich flannel, not to mention the yummy salads she will grow in these simple boxes.

Took me a while to figure out exactly how these boxes should be constructed. I started by thinking about an external frame, but it would have made them chunky and not very pleasing to the eye. Fortunately for me the dimensions of the cedar fence boards matched exactly with the thickness of the cinder-block wall so I simply dropped the front and back of the boxes to create rails for stability. The slats are placed in a simple dado (hooray – another jig made!) and the wire mesh is held down by staples. The contrasting handles are made of left over scrap from the original stepped planter directly below the new boxes in picture 3.

The last picture shows my sweetheart putting her new gardening area to good use – no small feat as it was unusually cold for Los Angeles that morning, right around 40 degrees!

Many thanks for checking these out!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 07:50 PM

Good idea nice work.

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 08:07 PM

I’m sure your harvest will be worth the extra work on the planters…good job

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 08:24 PM

Good idea. Excelent job.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 09:02 PM

Very well done! You’re very inventive.

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 09:20 PM

Admirable creativity there – love the adaptive thinking!

Keep it up!

-- “In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 09:23 PM

Very nice, and great idea. Happy wife, happy life!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 03:41 AM

Looks great

-- Be yourself everyone else is already taken.

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#8 posted 03-22-2013 04:18 AM

I bet the plants love these cool houses!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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