Flower Boxes

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Project by dynadeuce posted 01-24-2012 01:20 AM 1285 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Request from my sister for flower boxes to put up on her house. She had some special plastic planter inserts she needed custom boxes made for. Very simple butt joints screwed together from pressure treated 2×8s and 1×4s, brackets bandsawed from pressure treated 4×4s to emulate the existing trim next to her door. Pretty doesn’t always need to be difficult.

-- dynadeuce-- What will your legacy be?

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 02:09 AM

Very nice.
I have a request for this spring also (from my wife) to replace our flower boxes.
Does one ‘have to’ add an inside lining to the box, such as a sheet of plastic or anything like that?
Would paint suffice, or do you think the dirt/water would eat away at the wood?
Thanks, and the boxes are looking nice!


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#2 posted 01-24-2012 04:04 AM

Pretty flowers and nice looking flower boxes.


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#3 posted 01-24-2012 03:49 PM

@ florentin, These boxes had an open bottom just a couple of cross members to hold the inserts, the plastic rim of the inserts also rest on the top edge of the boxes. The plastic inserts had drainage holes as well so excess moisture from watering could drip out. Constant contact of moist dirt on any wood surface even treated and painted will eventually rot (but could be many years of service, especially if emptied and repainted every year or two). My sister likes that she can remove the plastic inserts for digging and planting (she’s too short to reach). She also leaves the plastic inserts out of the boxes during our cold Minnesota winters.

-- dynadeuce-- What will your legacy be?

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 06:23 PM

Plus if I may add I have heard that the chemicals from the green treated lumber can kill some plants so it is always best to have a container or insert inside of your wood planter like your sister is doing.
These are really nice. It sure dresses up the house well. That one side wall (picture 3) would sure be a straight flat plain wall with a couple of windows if it wasn’t for the plater. Well done!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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