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Old September 10, 2015   #1
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I've got big plans. Construction has begun with moving some posts and taking down the the garden frame.

This is what I have, raised beds loosely arranged in an area 12x46, with a 8x20 spur left along the back fence line. This patch has produced very well at times, though along the right fence has been a troublesome high heat area.

The plan is to put fabric pots on slightly elevated off-ground 6" racks with white vinyl lattice tops for reflection and air circulation. The racks will be grouped more to the center, getting off the hot fence line, and will incorporate eye-popping trellis work with a gravity flow water system irrigating single or multiple racks.

I'll use the soil in the beds to make a gentle grade and fill other low spots in the yard. Materials should be minimal as I'll be using the lumber from the raised beds.

Here's how it will look, I'll keep you filled in as I go and comments are welcomed.
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Old September 10, 2015   #2
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Here's the now.
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Nice job !
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Working today on deconstructing one of the raised beds that held some played out determinants. From two of the sideboard 2x8's , I can get this 2'x8' platform. Took a while to get the wobble out, some ugly timber.

The warpage to the lumber has been considerable and it has me rethinking the idea of making the deck on these from vinyl lattice. These boards will continue to warp and buckle the decking in short time. Another alternative would be to buy shelving or bread racks and just place them crosswise. Sometimes I see stuff like this at the Habitat for Humanity store, I'll check it out.
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This one was just to hold the lumber and I'll work on them gradually. I'm an old dude and things take time, but the racks are plenty sturdy and will get prettier as I go.

My Texas Tomato Cages came, and that UPS guy was grunting.
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Definitely interesting Ricky. Take your time, who knows....you might come up with variations on the original ideas while you're pondering the whole thing.
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Hi Lex, Zana.

Zana you're exactly right, I'm averaging an epiphany a day. Yesterday was the idea of adding a third trellis bed of pole beans along that fence and push the cherries to the back right corner.

And today, in building the lumber rack, the mobility of a smaller 2'x8' as opposed to a 3x8 or 4x8 platformed rack.

I've not had this much fun since the downstairs remodel, seriously.
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What a great project, it will look really classy when you are done. I always admire people with carpentry skills.
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Hi dd,

My carpentry skills are limited, I can build a box or a frame. I have made a lot of rustic furniture type things through the years, cabinets, end tables, headboards.

I like to work with southern yellow pine with varnish or shellac finishes as opposed to the modern polyurethanes. The furniture ages to a honey yellow over time, I like that. These pieces are about 15 years old and down in the basement.
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Looks wonderful I made my head board out of 2x12 Douglas fir and my table saw.
I'll take anything over laminated cheap particle board.
Being what it was for I looked for stuff with knots in it.

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Nice stuff, Ricky and Worth! I love natural all wood too!
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Very nice Worth. Is that one of those GoPro cameras clamped to the headboard?
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Very nice Worth. Is that one of those GoPro cameras clamped to the headboard?
No it is the bottom of an old school lamp.
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I built this Cherry library for a client a few years ago. A lot of the wood came from a big tree that a storm took down here on the farm back in '95.
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^ You my friend are a carpenter, I build boxes. Beautiful work.
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