Adventures in Gardening, continued

Today as part of Dee’s Mother’s Day present the boys and I built the garden table I had been designing. There were few hiccups but the build went rather quickly. This was the first time I did ANY home improvement/building project that did not require numerous trips to the hardware store. I suppose I could say that is because of good planning, but I might chalk it up to a little dumb luck too.

Issues:
– Lowe’s could not cut the 4′’x4′’ posts I wanted so I needed to visit a friend on the way home from the hardware store to get the posts cut.
– Some of the lumber prices jumped nearly $1 since I priced them out only a week ago.
– My drill battery did not last until I was finished. Hand-tools FTW!
– Only 2 screws were needed per joint ( a pleasant surprise) but now I have about 40 extra screws.

Surprises:
– There is a contractors discount at Lowe’s. No idea why the lady thought I deserved that, but thanks!
– Everything fit!
– Trellis will be easy to build with left over 2′’x2′’. I will need to pick up one 2′’x2′’ and some mesh.
– Matthew and Joseph were quite helpful and fun to work with. The boys engraved their initials, Dee’s and mine as well as the date into the wood.
– Only ONE trip to Lowe’s!
– SHCSD Horticulture class was selling all the plants I wanted to put in the garden! (Bonus!)

The table is “finished” but I need to pimp it out and plant yet. Since the top soil I bought was VERY damp I am letting it sit for a day or two before I plant. Until then I will work on adding a trellis to the table and I will post plans and pictures when that is complete.

Here is a link to the Pictures of the process and the First plans. I will post the final plans with dimensions and cut diagrams when I get finished.

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