Build A Simple Planter Box

Written by Cedar Creek Woodshop


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Attachingrepparttar Side Panels

1. Standrepparttar 135765 two frames on their sides and apply a bead of wood glue torepparttar 135766 inside face ofrepparttar 135767 bottom side frames (the long sides).

2. Attach four side panels to each long side, smooth sides out, and nail fromrepparttar 135768 inside to hold them in place. Make surerepparttar 135769 frames are flush withrepparttar 135770 panel ends on at least one side, orrepparttar 135771 bottom panels won't fit properly. Ifrepparttar 135772 panels are jagged onrepparttar 135773 other side, you can always smooth them with a trim saw later.

Tip: Because you're nailing fromrepparttar 135774 inside, you may have to driverepparttar 135775 nails at a slight angle. The advantage of this is that it concealsrepparttar 135776 nailheads fromrepparttar 135777 exterior face ofrepparttar 135778 window box.

3. Repeat step 2 onrepparttar 135779 other side ofrepparttar 135780 box.

Attachingrepparttar 135781 End Panels

1. Standrepparttar 135782 half-completed box on its end and apply a bead of wood glue torepparttar 135783 inside face ofrepparttar 135784 bottom end frames.

2. Attach two panels to each end inrepparttar 135785 same manner that you used to attachrepparttar 135786 side panels, once again ensuring thatrepparttar 135787 ends are flush onrepparttar 135788 bottom.

3. Repeatrepparttar 135789 process onrepparttar 135790 opposite end.

Attachingrepparttar 135791 Bottom Panels

1. Check and if necessary adjust your box for square.

2. Attach three bottom panels to formrepparttar 135792 base ofrepparttar 135793 planter box, using wood glue and screws. The base will reinforce and bracerepparttar 135794 box.

3. Drill several holes inrepparttar 135795 panels so that water can escape, or simply leave a gap betweenrepparttar 135796 panels.

Finishing

Lightly sand any rough edges and corners to smooth out splinters. Now it's time to feel, smell, kiss and hug your new planter box, because it looks so good and you did it yourself!

Homework!

If you wish, you can stain, seal or prime and paint your planter to suit your home's decor. Because you used cedar, however, it can stay unfinished: cedar is one ofrepparttar 135797 best lumbers you can use for exterior applications.

This planter is a good size for potted plants, but you may wish to add a plastic liner and fill it with soil (add a layer of gravel first). If you do, don't forget to cut holes inrepparttar 135798 liner to line up withrepparttar 135799 drainage holes inrepparttar 135800 bottom ofrepparttar 135801 planter.

Enjoy planting!

Courtesy: Cedar Creek Woodshop http://www.cedarcreekwoodshop.com

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Building A Birdhouse: Things To Know

Written by Donald Rohde


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Type of birdFloor sizeDepthEntrance above floorEntrance hole sizeHeight above ground Eastern Bluebird5"x5"8"6"1 1/2"5-8 feet Chickadee4x4"8-10"6-8"1 1/8"6-15 feet Downy Woodpecker4x4"9-12"6-8"1 1/4"6-20 feet Flicker7x7"16-18"14-16"2 1/2"6-22 feet House Wren4x4"8-10"4-6"1 1/4"6-10 feet Nuthatch4x4"8-10"6-8"1 1/4"12-20 feet Screech Owl8x8"12-15"9-12"3"10-30 feet Tits4x4"8-10"6-8"1 1/4"6-15 feet

5. Keeping these above points in mind, select a birdhouse plan forrepparttar type of bird you wish to attract torepparttar 135684 house. There are number of excellent birdhouse plans onrepparttar 135685 Internet as well as many great books you can buy. (Seerepparttar 135686 suggestions atrepparttar 135687 end of this article.)

6. Never use paint or stain insiderepparttar 135688 birdhouse. If you want to paintrepparttar 135689 outside, wait until it is built and paint onlyrepparttar 135690 wood that you can see. Be sure to use a non-toxic exterior latex paint that does not contain lead. Light colors will reflectrepparttar 135691 heat and light, keepingrepparttar 135692 house cooler inrepparttar 135693 summer. Or keeprepparttar 135694 house natural, without paint. Rough cedar or redwood would be an excellent type of wood if you want to go paint-less.

7. Now it's time to put up your birdhouse. They can be attached to wood or metal fence posts, trees, or their own wood or metal posts. Bluebird boxes seem to attract more predators when on trees. If you are mounting your birdhouse to a post, always try to attach a baffle or collar to prevent snakes, cats, and other predators from climbingrepparttar 135695 pole torepparttar 135696 house. Locate your house an adequate distance from each other since most nesting parents are territorial. Placerepparttar 135697 birdhouse whererepparttar 135698 parents and baby birds are not distracted and worried about your family's activities. The entrance should face away fromrepparttar 135699 prevailing wind. Remember, bluebirds prefer lots of open space in front of their birdhouse and be sure to mountrepparttar 135700 house atrepparttar 135701 proper height.

Courtesy: Cedar Creek Woodshop Visit Cedar Creek Woodshop for a wide variety of birdhouses. http://www.cedarcreekwoodshop.com



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