Archive for October, 2015

Cedar Cross for my Uncle

My Uncle passed away in 2012 and was buried in the same plot as my other Uncle who passed away in 2007.  My Mom didn’t like that my Uncle’s grave didn’t have any marker on it. So she asked me if I could make a small cross to go beside my other Uncle’s grave stone. I had a piece of 2″ cedar that I thought would be a good size for the cross. I wanted to make sure I had the proportions correct, so I searched the internet for a vector based image file of the cross. I then opened it up in Paint.Net and scaled it to the exact size I wanted (based on my 2″ thick cedar). I then recorded the measurements and went to work. It was quick work cutting the sizes to length. I then made a half-lap joint for the centre of the cross. I drilled a hold in the bottom to snugly hold an epoxy coated rebar I picked up at Home Depot. I epoxied it into place. After getting the brass name tag engraved at a local sore I attached it to the cross and then coated the entire cross in epoxy to protect it. Very happy with the results.

 

Cross

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Cedar Planter Boxes

Finishing up the last of my wife’s requests for this year is 2 cedar planter boxes. I based the design off of the VegTrug planters I saw on Lee Valley. We liked gardening in pots and wanted something larger, but off of the ground.

I was planning on using cedar fence boards for the sides, but when my neighbor found out about my project he gave me all of the rough cut cedar boards I would need for the planter boxes. I only had to buy the cedar 2x4s for the legs. I figured out I had enough 7 foot long boards for one planter box and enough 5 foot long boards for a second one. So I decided to make 2 sizes. The shorter one is a lot wider than the longer planter box. They both stand a little more then 3″ off the ground to the top of the planter. I added an extra horizontal brace on the longer one, but it didn’t seem to add any stability to the structure, so I left it off the shorter one. They are pretty stable they way they are. Since they are for gardening I didn’t apply any finish to these planters.

Side view of the 2 planter boxes

Side view of the 2 planter boxes

Length view of the cedar planter boxes

Length view of the cedar planter boxes