Step 3: Add bottom panels

  Secure the bottom
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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Secure the bottom (this is a 16-by-16-inch panel, sliced in two), leaving 2 inches of space in the middle for water to drain through. Then, nail a pair of scrap lumber “feet” perpendicular to the bottom boards. This will help reinforce the box and elevate it off the ground.
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    Tools List

    • hammer
      Hammer
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet
    • metal cutting snips
      Snips
    • mason's brush
      Wire brush
    • gloves
      Gloves
    • dual cartridge respirator
      Respirator

    Shopping List

    1. Vintage embossed metal ceiling panel
    (about $10 per square foot at salvage yards)

    2. ½-inch pressure-treated plywood

    3. Plastic planter insert

    4. 1 ½-inch finish nails

    5. Steel tacks