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Post  Mtntpprnm 3/8/2010, 11:13 am

My husband wants to treat the wood before he makes the boxes and then put plastic on the bottom and sides. Says that I can still put holes in bottom for drainage. I am afraid it will still make it too soggy. Who is right?


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Post  SirTravers 3/8/2010, 11:23 am

I think the book said that putting a hole every square inch on bottom would allow enough drainage so your mix doesn't turn into a moat. I'm guessing he plans on treating the wood withan epoxy coating or penetrating sealer like "One Time Wood." that will keep the boxes from breaking down for a long time so that's a good idea. Lining the box after that will also prevent any leaching of the sealer into your mix which is also a must. I'd alsmost think though that for the cost of all that treating and lining you could spend that money on composite boards to save yourself some timeand effort.
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Post  boffer 3/8/2010, 11:32 am

Plywood doesn't last long where I live. My 11 TT beds all have hardware cloth bottoms covered with weedblock. I'm in the process of accumulating some pics for a post about how to build them, stay tuned.
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Post  Mtntpprnm 3/8/2010, 1:22 pm

Thanks for all the input. I guess I will let him put an oil sealer on the outside and the plastic on the inside with plenty of holes, like he wants to do
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Post  SirTravers 3/8/2010, 1:47 pm

OOoohh what kind of oil is he going to use? I know some of them really make the wood look gorgeous!
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