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post #1 of 23
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im thinking about building an outdoor planter for next to a vinyl fence. ~10' feet long but only about 2' front to back. im going to line the interior with fish pond fabric and perforated drain pipes to water them from below. do i need to use cedar for this application? can i just use regular pine 2x material and stain or seal it or will they not hold up? ive never made anything for outdoor use before. im trying to do this for little money so cedar and composite decking material is not really in my budget. also, for fasteners, just regular decking screws works? i have a TON of leftover wainscotting planks left over from some interior jobs that are sealed with multiple coats of zinsser 123, would they hold up in an exterior application?
post #2 of 23
Even stained, regular pine will rot out within a few years. PT SYP or concrete.

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post #3 of 23
Field stone will never rot. Be careful if you use pt, I would not plant fruits or veggies in there. Just my 2 cents
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by gobigblue View Post

im trying to do this for little money

The material that works the best, and is the cheapest, is cinder blocks. They are porous (to let water through), they're more than strong enough for whatever you throw at them, and they'll last forever. And you don't need to cement them together -- just plunk 'em down in the dirt, stack them on top of each other, and they'll work great.

They run about $1.25 apiece, so you're looking in the neighborhood of $50, more or less, to create the kind of planter you're looking for. They might not be as pretty as cedar, but they're a whole lot cheaper, and they work even better.
post #5 of 23
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upon futher review im going to use regular pt 2x material and stick to flowers. debating whether to paint/stain the wood since i hate the look of the green tinted PT stuff. in my next life im hoping to be able to afford all cedar wood, because it just looks so darn nice unpainted with a clear coat drool.gif

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post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by gobigblue View Post

upon futher review im going to use regular pt 2x material and stick to flowers. debating whether to paint/stain the wood since i hate the look of the green tinted PT stuff. in my next life im hoping to be able to afford all cedar wood, because it just looks so darn nice unpainted with a clear coat drool.gif
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That does look nice - just curious, what are we talking in costs for the cedar to make something like that?

TimS
post #7 of 23
Kid grew up fast

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post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by TimS View Post

That does look nice - just curious, what are we talking in costs for the cedar to make something like that?
TimS


<--- just a regular diy dude getting regular pricing, but a 2x4x8 in cedar = $20. as opposed to PT like $3 each, plus a bucket of solid stain mad.gif

the cut list:
1. cedar 2×4s Get twenty 8-foot boards to make the 16½-inch planter pieces and the 82½-inch-long seat frame.

so $400+ or so lol
post #9 of 23
I just did this, but used "pecky" cedar 2x10s, they also had 2x12s. Its not going to look like that picture - but will age to that classic grey color, is bug and rot resistant and was very cost effective. I got it for $2 a foot, so 32' was $64. Sure I had to look through a bunch to pick 4 good ones but it was worth it. Added some 1x4 cedar (cheap as well) top to frame it out and its a nice planter. I also wil say I learned once you use an impact driver for screws - you wont go back! Picture is up on "another site" but will grab it tonight and post here as well.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by gobigblue View Post

<--- just a regular diy dude getting regular pricing, but a 2x4x8 in cedar = $20. as opposed to PT like $3 each, plus a bucket of solid stain mad.gif
the cut list:
1. cedar 2×4s Get twenty 8-foot boards to make the 16½-inch planter pieces and the 82½-inch-long seat frame.
so $400+ or so lol

Damn...$20 for an 8ft 2x4 icon25.gif Yea, I'm a regular DIY guy myself and that's crazy expensive cwm13.gif

TimS
post #11 of 23
Come on now fellas, all the paper you guys got stacked....tongue.gif Spring for the redwood!
post #12 of 23
if it's pt, definitely no veggies or fruit. Pine is totally acceptable for growing fruit and veggies, BUT, it will rot out. I built mine out of pine, but I know darn well that in say 5 years, it wont be there anymore. For ME, i don't know where I will be in 5 years, so thats fine by me. I built 2 actually, 1 out of pine, one out of cinderblock. Cinderblock is working quite well, and if in 5 years I am still here, I will likely rebuild the pine one I have, out of cinderblock.
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
ill be trolling for composite deck scraps for a couple weeks, if anyone knows anyone who does decks and makes bad cuts tongue.gif
post #14 of 23
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post #15 of 23
Another spot to look is fence companies - their "seconds" can be a good place to scronge cedar.
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