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I was looking for a different way to mark the herbs that I put in my planter, and after coming across some inspiration, I decided to run with the idea of stamped metal.

I did some research on types of metal and found hollow welding tubes, and thought those would make the perfect garden stakes.

Materials:

Square Welding Tube (3ft. x 1/2") @ $5 each
Hack saw with metal-cutting blade @ $10
Clamps or extra set of hands
Medium Grit Sandpaper @ $2/pack
Metal Stamps in font of your choice @ $20
Hammer
Black Permanent Marker
Scrap Cloth or Paper Towel



Full tutorial and other information can be found here: http://rhodylife.blogspot.com/2013/04/garden-markers.html
 
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Step 1: Cutting and Sanding the Welding Tubes

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I used some clamps that I had to brace the welding tubes to the workbench that way they would be still when we cut them.  If you don't have any clamps, another pair of hands helping you hold down the tubes will work.

Take your bow saw, with the metal-cutting blade, and cut the welding tubes to the length that you desire.  I cut mine to 8" each, giving you about 2" below soil, and 6" above, which should be perfect once the plants are grown in.  

If the blade of your hack saw made the ends of your welding tubes really rough, you can use some medium grit sandpaper to get rid of the sharp pieces, making it a little more smooth.

steelsun1 year ago
good idea, simple and useful
maco221 year ago
This is a very neat idea, however these untreated tubes will start rusting in about 10 days. Did you treat them in any way? Are they not rusted yet?
Very cool! Did not know how easy this could be.