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Project by Zuki posted 06-29-2008 01:03 AM 4369 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one for the projects that DW wanted completed this summer. It was a damp rainy sort of day so I thought I would get out in the shop and tackle it. As you can see the “temporary” window well retaining wall was in pretty ungly shape.


This is the lumber I will be using for several outdoor projects this year.


The frame screwed up


A test fit.


I ran out of clamps so I had to use my drill and a box of screws to hold things in place so i could get an idea what the whole thing would look like.


Actually putting it together.


Finished product.


I think it is a big improvement over this . . . and it only took a couple of hours.


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#1 posted 06-29-2008 01:15 AM

Really good looking solution to a problem. Great design and great taste. Keep up the good work.


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#2 posted 06-29-2008 01:49 AM

It looks really good. My question is …...... It does not look like you used a pressure treated wood. Isn’t it going to rot soon being on the outside and the bad weather that you have out there? Just wondering.

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#3 posted 06-29-2008 01:54 AM

Looks good Zuki. Nice home improvement.

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#4 posted 06-29-2008 04:20 AM

Nice solution to another otherwise an eye sore problem.

Apply a couple coats of exterior waterproofing finish (available from any home centre) (or make your own: and that should take care of untreated wood.

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#5 posted 06-29-2008 04:39 AM

Classiest one of its kind I’ve ever seen. :-)

-- -- Jim E., Oswego, NY. Create, have fun, and work safely!

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#6 posted 06-29-2008 11:50 AM

very nice!! and we are planning on putting a mini garden between 2 of our window wells but they will need some type of border to keep the dirt from going into them—- this will be perfect. I’m going to copy the idea!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 06-29-2008 02:26 PM

It’s a bit too much wood for me. ( nicely done though)
I think I will do mine with landscaping stones and a bit of mortar.



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#8 posted 06-29-2008 02:28 PM

Tks all

Luba, I choose not to use PT wood in any of my projects because of the chemicals contained in the wood. Besides having to take additional precautions when handling the wood, I am concerned about possible leaching and those who may touch the completed project. The two most popular ingredients in PT wood are ACQ and CA . . . both of which are registered pesticides in Canada.

Instead I use either a mixture of Soy oil or Olive oil with some activated charcoal. The oil soaks into the wood providing a barrier against moisture. Some time ago DW found a link explaining how activated charcoal can be used as a wood preserver. I would post the link, however in the great computer crash of 2008 (when DW’s computer took a dive) much information was lost. I know that there are “natural” wood preservers out there, but this has worked for us so far.

We also use the same mixture for a waterproofing.

MsD . . . you are going to have to speak to DW and get approval :-).

Oh . . . forgot to mention that the material used for the frame was 2×8 construction grade spruce. The boards are 1×6 non-PT decking boards.

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#9 posted 06-29-2008 02:48 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 06-29-2008 05:20 PM

Hi Zuki;

Nice job. Great solution.


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#11 posted 06-29-2008 05:26 PM

definately an improvement.
I’m curious about your oil/charcoal mixture as a wood preserver. what type of ratio do you use for the mix?

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#12 posted 06-29-2008 06:14 PM

very cool…thanks for all the extra picts…like the curve in the final product…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 06-29-2008 10:23 PM

Darryl . . . I dont really have a ratio. I usually 1/2 fill a butter tub container and empty 1 activated chacoal capsule and mix. The oil turns greyish in colour.

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#14 posted 06-30-2008 02:39 PM

It looks great!

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#15 posted 07-02-2008 06:51 PM

This is such a great idea! Love the homemade preserver!
I guess a lot of people from GT will come and check this thanks to DW and MsD!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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