Category Archives: Outdoor Projects

A Hanging Herb Garden

Raw

My wife Leigh Ann loves to cook, and to use fresh herbs when she does. Unfortunately, her garden is several yards away from our house, so I thought I would devise a way we could have pots of herbs growing right outside our kitchen door. I started with three, thin six-inch wide oak boards through which I cut holes for nine clay pots. Then I drilled holes for two four-foot long support dowels.

Helmsman

Since my hanging herb garden will be subject to sunlight and rain, I protected the wood with two coats of Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane.

Assembly

Once dry, I slid my 3/4-inch dowels through the holes in each shelf.

Peg

Then I measured, marked and drilled 3/8″ holes for the two-inch dowels on which the shelves would rest.

Hooks

An inexpensive plant hanging kit provided me with a way to mount my miniature herb garden on the side of our house.

HeroThen came the really fun part: adding pots of various herbs to my three shelves — now right outside our kitchen window.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

 

This One’s For the Birds

Old Birdhouse

Everyone loves to watch birds, whether at a feeder or around a nesting box. Putting up nesting boxes is a good way to attract birds year round. But as you can see by this bluebird house of mine, it doesn’t take long for unprotected boards to begin to swell, crack and warp. Before long they simply fall apart.

Before

Last week, I picked up these two cedar bird houses at my local home improvement store. This time, however, I decided to protect the wood before I put them up.

Helmsman For the first bird house, I selected Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane, which has special “blockers” to ward off the damaging ultra-violet rays of the sun while also preventing moisture from soaking into the wood’s pores.

Teak Oil For the second, I chose Minwax® Helmsman® Teak Oil. Whereas Helmsman Spar Urethane dries on top of the wood, the Teak Oil is absorbed into the wood, where it dries and hardens. It also protects the wood from sunlight and moisture.

Teak App I prefer to pour the Teak Oil into a shallow container, then brush on a liberal coat, which the wood quickly absorbs. After it dries, I will apply a second coat the same way.

Bordhouse

I purposely did not seal the insides of the nesting boxes, as birds prefer raw, natural wood near their chicks. But protecting the outside with either Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane or Minwax® Helmsman® Teak Oil will ensure that any birdhouse will be around for a long time.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce