I was looking for a excuse to slip out to the shop today before the game. So
the genius in me says to the SWMBO that I was going out to setup then
pratice making dovetails with my new Leigh Jig. She says okay but what are
dovetails? I explain about the shape and lock my fingers together to give
her a visual. She says okay again but what are they used for besides
drawers? I say lots of things but mostly boxes. She says like window boxes.
I say ahhhh I guess so. She says "Cool!!" and she starts digging into
catalog and magazine pile and comes out with a description of a copper lined
box that is for the inside during winter. I nearly choke on the $119.95
price for one of them. And say the doom of most woodworkers, "Yeah, I can
build that." She says great I need 4 of them in 2-3 weeks when the seeds get
here. "Okay?" I hear my mouth say before my mind has even attempted to take
the problem apart.
I head out to the shop and make a couple of good joints with the Leigh. I am
on page 66 of the manual. Don't anyone tell me how it ends I want it to be a
Back to the question. What would you make windowsill garden boxes out of? I
know how to make them now but don't know how to make the copper liner or
what finish to use.
Thanks for you Help in advance
"Whatever looks good" in your environment.
Redwood and/or cedar are traditional choices. and have the advantage
that they can be left 'unfinished'.
I've seen ones in oak, maple, birch, among others.
Coppe is 'iffy' for liners. if it leaches into the soil, it'll kill most
plants. Aluminum is good -- if you have a real printer nearby, you may
be able to get some used metal 'offset plates' for next to nothing (if not
for nothing). They're light enough weight to fold relatively easily, yet
heavy enough to make it difficult to puncture.
what finish depends on the wood. one of the naturally weather-resistant
ones like redwood or cedar, and you don't need any finish. though a redwood/
ceder oil _will_ keep it looking 'new', indefinitely (if applied every few
For non-resistant woods, there's always an exterior-grade paint. Or a good
I was talking to someone at work the other day about building a durable window
box and they suggested I use the new plastic/wood decking material. Not sure
what the name for it is. Dek..... something or other. I didn't use it
because the instructions said to wait until it weathers before painting. Price
was not bad and it should last forever. What I looked at was brown but, left
unfinished it will weather to a grey color.
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