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    April 2021
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    Standing flowerbed

    Standing flowerbed

    The proposed flowerbed is made entirely of wood. The designation of the elements shown in the drawing is given in the table containing the list of materials. The wood used for the flowerbed can be anything you like, so pine, spruce, oak, etc., provided, however, that it will be well dried and free from defects, such as warping, cracks or knots.

    We start work with preparation 12 slats (7) with a cross section of 10×24 mm and length 130 mm. Then we prepare four slats (3) with dimensions of 24x24x150 mm and four slats (4) also 24×24 mm and a length of approx 165 mm. We will connect the prepared elements with pegs and glue, preferably wikol, as shown in the figure. The diameter of the pins should not be greater than 5 mm due to the thickness of the slats (7), which is only 10 mm, These strips only play a decorative role. By combining the described elements, we will obtain four sets similar to ladders, which, after gluing, will be clamped with carpentry clamps using additional strips as shown in the drawing.

    After the glue has dried thoroughly, which takes about a day, trim the side elements of the flowerbed according to the dimensions, helping yourself with a scale drawing of the flowerbed 1:1 on a sheet of paper (it could be wrapping paper or even newspaper – it is best to use a thick marker for drawing). Only in this way will we obtain the mounting elements of the flowerbed with the same dimensions and identical angles of inclination of the side planes adjacent to the legs of the flowerbed.

    The next step will be to connect the finished "ladders" with the legs, also with glue and pegs. The glued block of the flowerbed should be squeezed with two clamps as shown in the picture, by placing wide and stiff slats under the clamps to protect the surface of the flowerbed from damage.

    After the glue has dried, prepare the worktop – the top plane of the flowerbed (2) and a shelf (5). These two boards can either be glued together from appropriately carved boards, by joining them with glue and a so-called foreign tongue made of narrow strips of plywood (6) thickness 3 mm inserted into the grooves cut in the side edges of the boards (2) i (5), or use plywood instead of boards, preferably deciduous or varnished, or laminated chipboard. The use of a plate is of course the easiest way out of the situation, but the boards will look much better after finishing the job.

    After mounting the top and the shelf, squeeze the flowerbed again, so that the glue can bind the wood tightly enough.

    At the end of the work, the entire surface of the flowerbed, including its interior, we sand it very carefully with fine-grained sandpaper, and then cover it with three layers of colorless varnish, preferably waterproof, for example polyurethane, or, as a last resort, nitro varnish.

    LIST OF MATERIALS

    Element

    number

    items

    Strips with a cross-section of 24×24 mm, length 1050 mm

    4

    Planks with dimensions of 90x20x270 mm

    3

    or blockboard with dimensions 270 x 270 x 25 mm

    1

    Strips with dimensions of 24X24x 150 mm

    4

    Strips with dimensions of 24x24x 165 mm

    4

    Planks with dimensions of 90x20x270 mm

    3

    or blockboard or plywood

    1

    Thick plywood strips 3 mm, length 300 mm

    4

    Strips with dimensions of 24x 10×130 mm

    12

    Diameter spikes 5 mm and length 30 mm

     


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