Raised Planter

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Project by love2cad posted 06-11-2013 03:23 AM 1578 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a raised planter I built for my neighbor and his little girls. It is a Cedar frame with a OSB bottom and pressure threaded decking on the sides. They have planted peppers for a salsa garden.

I built the main frame with Cedar 4×4 and 2×4 dimensional lumber which I mortised and tendon joined together. I cut a bevel and two step detail on the corner posts for a little character. We stained it with an exterior wood fence stain – the same they used on their fence. The unit is approximately 6’ by 3’ and 35” tall. Just high enough for the girls to get their hands dirty.

They were very excited when we added the dirt!

-- Bobby

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#1 posted 06-11-2013 03:57 AM

It appears that you built a sandbox or didn’t anyone tell the girls?

That is some heavy duty construction. Did you calculate the weight of the dirt?

I suppose you will be called ”good neighbor Bobby” from now on! Thanks for sharing.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#2 posted 06-11-2013 01:11 PM

That is really neat- saves a lot of bending over. I was thinking that this might be a good design for a raised box to keep night crawlers in in the shade somewhere…................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-11-2013 01:54 PM

How “weather” resistant is the OSB bottom? With my very limited experience, I would have thought the moisture would be very hard on the OSB…

Thanks for posting this. Square Foot Gardening boxes are on my honey-do list and I was considering ways to elevate the boxes.

-- ...Specialization is for insects.

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#4 posted 06-11-2013 02:02 PM

Thanks for the comments this was a fun project.. We covered the bottom with landscape fabric to shed water and protect the OSB which is meant to be sacrificial. The plan was to replace the bottom once a year as well as new soil.

-- Bobby

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