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Project by Mack12 posted 09-01-2020 06:28 PM 825 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor was a fan of the raised garden beds my wife and I made but mentioned how she had a bad back and would want something elevated for ease of access. We secretly built her this garden box and left it on her driveway where she found it on the morning of her official retirement day. She was ecstatic and has it blooming with flowers and vegetables.

Built entirely out of cedar using 4×4s and 5/4 decking boards that sit on 2×2s slotted into the 4×4 posts. Lined with plastic and a layer of landscape fabric on the bottoms to hold the soil in with holes in the plastic to let water drain out.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-01-2020 06:43 PM

Very nice box for the elevated garden. that wave on your back a lot!

Cheers, Jim

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

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 09-01-2020 07:51 PM

A super gesture, great gift, and very nice work too!

That makes this a 3A+ project.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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SawTooth1953

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#3 posted 09-19-2020 05:08 AM

Very nice gift…very neighborly of you.

Can you show a pic or drawing or at least describe how you did the floor of the box? I can’t picture 5/4 decking boards supported as a floor by 2×2s slotted into the 4×4s at the corners.

Thanks.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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Mack12

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#4 posted 09-28-2020 06:08 PM


Very nice gift…very neighborly of you.

Can you show a pic or drawing or at least describe how you did the floor of the box? I can t picture 5/4 decking boards supported as a floor by 2×2s slotted into the 4×4s at the corners.

Thanks.

- SawTooth1953

Sure thing, I had a hard time writing that haha, I couldn’t think of another way to describe it. Pictures attached. The 2×2s run 6’ on each long side and the 5/4 decking boards are secured on top. Cut out a 1.5×1.5 (I think) section of the 4×4 for it to sit in. You can see in the photos where on the 4×4 I cut that out. Ended up just screwing a scrap block into the 4×4 to support the last floor piece on each end which had a section cut out to fit around the 4×4.


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Bstrom

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#5 posted 09-28-2020 06:12 PM

Gifts of mercy are the best kind – did you gap the floor boards to allow water to escape?

-- Bstrom

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Mack12

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#6 posted 09-28-2020 06:23 PM

Yes there’s about an 1/8” gap between each floor board. Also put in a plastic liner with holes poked in it at each gap in the boards to help keep water off the wood.

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SawTooth1953

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#7 posted 09-29-2020 04:05 AM

A picture is worth a thousand words. I get it now. Thanks.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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