Cutoff Box / Garden Box

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Project by sixstring posted 05-15-2012 10:38 PM 1594 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, nothing fancy here but I started off building a basic box for cutoffs and scrap wood but after the basic box was done, I kept on adding pieces and overall, I really like the rustic box planter look. This was built using reclaimed redwood fence boards from my old backyard fence. The stuff is pretty neat when you plane it down but in this case, I’ve left it alone it’s gray weathered glory. Since the pic was taken, I’ve added more trim to cover the screws. I’d keep adding more but it’s getting heavier. Think I’ll put some sealant on it or something.

My wife liked it so much she wants me to build a similar box but bigger and with a lid/bench and on casters. She will use it put gardening tools on and for just plain sitting on while working outside. Great, another project…. =)

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 10:41 PM

looks great, should come in handy

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 02:57 PM

interesting… I just drew up one just like this… but not for planting… I will curl my garden hose into it. I plan to use pocket screws on inside faces so screws won’t show. I like the wood color tone… the fence aged nicely so yeah, good idea to leave well enough alone.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 04:25 PM

I like the garden hose idea. When I had my fence replaced I mentioned to the contractor to please leave behind all the half decent boards. He thought I was silly for wanting such warped and aged wood. Little did he know… Anyway, I have enough to build all sorts of boxes so a garden hose reel box, bbq equipment storage, planters and benches are in the works. The stuff looks pretty nice planed too; still very red and fragrant. I’ll have to see what I can come up with using the milled boards as well.

Reclaimed wood takes more work but I find it very gratifying to use what would have otherwise been landfilled.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 02:43 AM

I love this box, very rustic, nice job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 07:22 PM

Lesson learned from this project: wear gloves when working with reclaimed redwood fence boards. i collected at least 20 tiny splinters all over my fingers and palms. guess i’ll wear them proud for now.

Also, dust collection in the shop must improve sooner than later.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#7 posted 07-03-2012 06:35 PM

Very cool project. I’ve got someone similar in mind to go on my pool deck and hold a few small plants.

Completely agree on dust collection. After planing down a a glued up butcher’s block with a router adn a jig, it looked like it snowed in my garage.

-- It's hard to focus on the daily stresses when using power tools.

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