Strawberry Pyramic

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Project by docspencer posted 01-27-2013 10:15 PM 4330 views 53 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of my best projects are from my wife’s honey do list. She saw a picture of one of these and asked – “hey, want to build me something”.... This was fun. Nothing terribly intricate or fancy – used treated pine – but the compound cuts for the slats were a bit of a challenge. Can’t wait until spring to put some strawberry plants in it!

Update – planted the strawberry pyramid earlier this spring and presto – we are eating fresh fruit already. All four sides seem to be producing, including the north side; maybe the pyramidal shape helps that.

Thanks for all the positive feedback!!

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 11:09 PM

Cool design and very good build.

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 11:29 PM

Pretty slick and it’ll hold a bunch of plants.
Do they have bottoms or do you just leave the plants in boxes?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 01-27-2013 11:36 PM

Thanks, guys. The bottom is open – except for crossing 2X4s (you can just barely see them). Best as I can tell, you just stick the plants in the soil at each level.

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 11:44 PM

I built one of those 20 years ago. Copied one a client got from a catalog. It had a 3/4 treated plywood base on casters so you could turn it and all the plants got the afternoon sun once or twice a week. I used redwood and it is still going strong in my backyard. Mostly flowers and herbs now days. I wonder if the plants on the backside will get enough sun to grow fruit with it sitting still?

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 11:48 PM

Yeah, I wondered that, too. It sits out west of the house and for a good chunk of the growing season the sun will pass just about directly overhead. We may have to think about a bottom and casters.

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#6 posted 01-28-2013 12:03 AM

Doc that is a great idea and ready for the spring
I would love one in my front garden, Shirley concurs
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#7 posted 01-28-2013 12:22 AM

Jamie – if you’re interested I still have the plans.

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#8 posted 01-28-2013 04:47 AM

Doc I am interested in making one that is a nice job.

-- Ed Carlinville IL

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#9 posted 01-28-2013 05:16 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. I’d be interested in seeing your plans as well.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 01-28-2013 10:47 AM

Yelp put me on the plan list
That looks great and I love strawberries

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#11 posted 01-28-2013 12:25 PM

I would be interested in the plans so I can buidl one for the wife.

-- I came, I sawed I fixed it. (well sort of)

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#12 posted 01-28-2013 01:05 PM

Check to see what the wood is treated with. It can leach into the soil & plants. Some of the stuff is toxic. Love the design.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#13 posted 01-28-2013 01:06 PM

Very nice.
The idea of “Treated Pine” in contact with the fruit concerns me a bit.

-- "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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#14 posted 01-28-2013 01:46 PM

I understand your concern with treated wood. I did quite a bit of research online – forums and such. This stuff is AC2, I believe, and from what I have learned we’d have to eat LOTS of strawberries before it would be a concern. Of course, the safest choice would have been cedar. Seriously considered that but it was a bit too pricey for us at the time.

I can’t find the file with the plans, but here is the webpage where I bought them. You download them. For $10 it’s not bad. As I recall, the plans were very good – nice detail and instructions:

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#15 posted 01-28-2013 02:06 PM

make your own judgement, but CCA-treated wood is nothing close to the problem the older pressure-treated was. Here is a good article laying out some information.

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