Build A Simple Planter Box

Written by Cedar Creek Woodshop

Love flowers, but don't haverepparttar space -- orrepparttar 135765 desire -- to plant a garden? You may want to try making your own flower box, which can be just about any size you wish.

This planter box is built with a top and a bottom exterior frame; then you affix cedar panels torepparttar 135766 frame and add bottom panels. After that, just add plants for a touch of spring anywhere you want to put it!

Expert tip: Always draw a diagram before you build anything. Remember: If you can't draw it, you can't build it! You don’t have to be Leonardo Divinci, just that YOU can read it!! Your diagram will be useful in helping you determinerepparttar 135767 size of your project andrepparttar 135768 amount of lumber you'll need. Simply takerepparttar 135769 finished diagram with you when you go shopping, and you'll be sure to get everything your project requires.

Materials: Four Lengths of 26 Inch 1x2 Cedar

Four Lengths of 13 Inch 1x2 Cedar

Twelve Side & End Panels 5 ½ Inches x 12 ¼

Two Base Panels 1 Inch x 6 Inches x 24 Inches

Wood glue

Galvanized nails


Stainless-steel or Ceramic Coated Screws

Drill driver and bits

Speed square

Note: All our sections were precut, so they just need assembly. If you can't or don't wish to cut your own lumber, home-supply stores will generally cut it for you for a small fee.

Expert tip: Before you begin hammering, use sandpaper to rough uprepparttar 135770 striking surface of your hammer. Then it's less likely to slip while you're working.

Buildingrepparttar 135771 Frames

Buildrepparttar 135772 top and bottom frames out ofrepparttar 135773 1x2 cedar strips. You'll be buttingrepparttar 135774 ends together, so no mitering will be necessary.

1.Fasten two 26" strips to two 13" strips to form each rectangular frame. (You'll need to ensure thatrepparttar 135775 length remains 26"; to do this, buttrepparttar 135776 ends ofrepparttar 135777 shorter strip againstrepparttar 135778 longer strips. The thickness ofrepparttar 135779 two longer strips will add an inch to each end ofrepparttar 135780 shorter strips, increasing their length to 16". Do this at each end ofrepparttar 135781 longer strips to form a rectangular frame 26" long and 16" wide.)

2. Apply a bead of wood glue torepparttar 135782 junctions ofrepparttar 135783 strips; then nail together with a single nail in each junction in preparation for inserting screws to hold them more securely.

3. Predrillrepparttar 135784 ends prior to screwing them together; this helps keeprepparttar 135785 ends from splitting. Then insert a screw in each corner.

Building A Birdhouse: Things To Know

Written by Donald Rohde

So you want to build a birdhouse. A well-built birdhouse should be durable, keep outrepparttar rain, not overheat, and be easy to clean. Keep these requirements in mind and let's get started.

1. First, determinerepparttar 135684 types of birds you see around your backyard. Then figure out which ones will use a birdhouse. Some birds build nests in trees or bushes, such as doves, cardinals, and mockingbirds. Others may make their nests onrepparttar 135685 ground or even burrows down inrepparttar 135686 ground. Only cavity nesting birds will use a birdhouse. Examples of common cavity nesting birds are chickadees, flickers, and bluebirds. Determinerepparttar 135687 type of bird that you wish to userepparttar 135688 birdhouse.

2. Determinerepparttar 135689 dimensions ofrepparttar 135690 birdhouse. Most birds require different sizes of birdhouses as well as entrance holes. Below you will find a chart with some specs to build houses for various common cavity nesting birds:

3. When selectingrepparttar 135691 wood to use, use plain untreated lumber. Do not use exterior grade plywood (contains formaldehyde) or pressure-treated lumber (contains toxic preservatives.) Plastic and metal often overheat inrepparttar 135692 hot summer sun.

4. Almost time to pick out a birdhouse plan. First, however, remember these things about good houses: Has some type of ventilation holes or slots nearrepparttar 135693 roof so heat can escape. Normally these holes will be onrepparttar 135694 sides ofrepparttar 135695 house - NOTrepparttar 135696 roof - so rain will not drip in. •Roof is slanted enough to shed rain and extends well overrepparttar 135697 entrance hole for protection from rain and sun. •No perch. Most people think that there should be a perch underrepparttar 135698 entrance hole. However,repparttar 135699 birds nesting inside do not need a perch. The perch also invites predators or other birds to attack or botherrepparttar 135700 parents and babies inside. •Has drain holes or small slots inrepparttar 135701 bottom ofrepparttar 135702 nest box for drainage (you don't want those babies to be drowned during a storm!) •Has a door, roof, or side wall that can easily be opened to clean outrepparttar 135703 nest box. Leftover nests can attract mites and other parasites as well as make more work for new occupants who must clear outrepparttar 135704 old nest. •Inside wall beneathrepparttar 135705 entrance hole is roughed up or has some type of grooves for baby birds to climb as they get older.

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