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Post  elyods on 3/24/2012, 12:04 pm

Hello,

So I'm getting ready to make these boxes and I think I've settled on making the "4x4" box exactly 4 feet and 7 1/2 inches long on each side. My thinking is that I want the interior of each square to be 1 square feet and the extra 7 1/2 inches is to accommodate for the grid and the outside boards.

I searched but didn't find any previous discussion about this. Has this been hashed through already?

Am I going too far or does this make sense to anyone else?

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Post  boffer on 3/24/2012, 12:13 pm

Greetings, generally in SFG, 'closies' is good enough, so if the squares are 11x11 it's not an issue.

Usually the thickest boards used for a box are 1.5 inches. Which means your grids are going to take up 1.5 inches each. What type of grid are you planning on?

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Post  GWN on 3/24/2012, 12:16 pm

good point. I had wondered that too. I was thinking of decreasing the number of seeds on the one square that is short.....but close

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Post  elyods on 3/24/2012, 12:17 pm

For a grid I figured I'd just get an extra 2x6 and run it's length down the table saw to cut 1/4 inch strips. That would be rigid, look pretty good and be easy to take up in the winter.

I get that 'closies' are fine and all that. I'm just a 'measurer' I guess.

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Post  Grandpop on 3/24/2012, 12:17 pm

@elyods wrote:Hello,

So I'm getting ready to make these boxes and I think I've settled on making the "4x4" box exactly 4 feet and 7 1/2 inches long on each side. My thinking is that I want the interior of each square to be 1 square feet and the extra 7 1/2 inches is to accommodate for the grid and the outside boards.

I searched but didn't find any previous discussion about this. Has this been hashed through already?

Am I going too far or does this make sense to anyone else?

-s

Have you considered that lumber you will need comes in 8, 10, 12 feet lengths and that 8 feet makes and ideal 4x4 when cut half? Seems you will be adding unnecessary costs if you add an extra 7 1/2 inches. Just saying' Very Happy

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Post  boffer on 3/24/2012, 12:24 pm

@elyods wrote:For a grid I figured I'd just get an extra 2x6 and run it's length down the table saw to cut 1/4 inch strips.

I had a silly me moment when someone mentioned turning wood blinds onto their edge so they wouldn't take up so much room. You could do the same with your 2x strips.

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Post  llama momma on 3/24/2012, 4:03 pm

I use carpenter shims on their skinny side pushed into the mix, cheap and easy to snap off the thin tapered end for a custom fit. Here's a picture
http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=25&u=16728100

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Post  Joyce_S on 3/24/2012, 4:51 pm

I am still in the process of building my SFG beds, but my grids are made. I took some old plastic (fake wood) slats from Venetian blinds, split them lengthwise and then joined them in ~4' lengths with zip-ties.

I'm going to try to attach a photo, but am not too sure how successful I'll be on that.


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Post  quiltbea on 3/24/2012, 5:01 pm

I use nylon tomato twine (won't get weather-worn) to mark my grids for the most part, but for some things like the coldframe and A-frame, I use venetian blinds on their sides and buried in the soil. They don't take up any room and you can cut them to any desired length.

I don't worry about the odd inches. If you want precise, just make 9 holes with your finger tips or 16 per square as called for in the instructions and go for it. A scant inch more or less in a square won't make any difference.

Good luck and enjoy the experience.

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