Tree Planter Boxes #5: Another project in the books

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Blog entry by Chauffeur posted 08-21-2020 09:50 PM 590 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So… Yesterday, I sprayed the final coat on the planter boxes. We used a finishing method that has provided favorable results on our outdoor projects for the last 7+ years. Three or four coats of a marine grade spar varnish (brushed) followed by two coats of satin spar urethane (HVLP). It really works. The brushed spar varnish provided the desired level of protection, the satin urethane softens that glossy look of the varnish with a warm glow. Here’s a couple shots of the final product.


I’d like to post a photo of the transplanted citrus. Unfortunately, that’s gonna have to wait. SWMBO has delayed transplanting activities to the fall. She’s right, it is far to hot in Texas right now.

The pond liner has been installed. I used some tank bulkhead fittings to make watertight drains.

The transport vehicle of choice (motorcycle lift) works great. I still need to build a small ramp to make the transit over the lip at the garage entry a bit easier.

I wanted to protect the bottom of the legs with pads or glides, but could not find anything large enough commercially available. Opted to make some custom ones from a $10 black cutting board.

While applying the finished, I found that I need to better appreciate the beauty and character of rustic white oak. During construction, I purposely milled the wood to limit the number of knots and imperfections visible on the outside (per historical practice) and used the knotty worm hole infested stuff for the box bottom. I applied varnish, but did not stain the bottom. It was amazingly beautiful. In retrospect, I wish I had not been so selective on the pieces and not stained the outside. Here’s one small example of the imperfections that look great.

Off to the next project. I’m thinking I need to experiment with one of those 3D optical illusion end grain cutting boards that look so impressive. Wish me luck.

-- Dave, Texas

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#1 posted 08-22-2020 02:18 AM

Those are really nice.

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