Step 7: Setting up the boxes

Lay all the pieces on top of each other as they'll wind up. With all the logs in place drill a 1/2" hole in each front corner and on each side over the middle notch. Drill deep enough that the bit marks the lower level of logs, remove the top logs, and finish the rest of the hole. Set the rebar into the holes, but don't hammer it in yet.
It looks nice, but isn't it a pain to mow around?<br /> <br />
Next time leave the blade straight up and down and make a cut every 1/4&quot; or so between your 2 side cuts.<br /> <br /> You end up with a bunch of thin pieces that you can knock out with a hammer very quickly, and then if you care you can clean up the bottom of the cut with a chisel, plane or even a sander, since usually they break off pretty much flush with the bottom of the saw cuts.<br />
Again, another nice instructable! I had the same thought as the previous writer, that you would need a liner to prevent leaching of chemicals into the soil and I also wondered if the fence is yours or belongs to a neighbor. If the fence is yours, a good heavy-duty liner will protect both the soil and the fence. If the fence belongs to your neighbor, you might want to think about putting a back on those planting beds before adding a liner. That way, you won't be held responsible for your neighbor's fence when it rots. Thinking of Buffalo, you might want to add a bracket or two to your planting beds, so that they can hold an old window frame (usually available free from people who are buying new windows). That will make the beds into cold frames, which will enable you to plant a good month before the last frost in Buffalo.
I had the concern at first about the leeching. I did some research and seeing as how modern pressure treating is done with the more mild copper sulfate rather than the arsenic that used to be the standard, the consensus seemed to be it was okay.<br/><br/>As for the fences, it's a bit of a story. I guess the neighbors didn't like the old owners and put up a fence but had the finished side facing their yard. The old owners got really upset and after being told by the town that they didn't have to have the finish side facing out, it was just a common courtesy, built a second stretch of fence facing the opposite direction. Now there's two fences each facing the wrong way. Anything that rots through would only expose the 8&quot; buffer zone between the fences. Still if I find a scrap of something that would work well as a liner, I might put it in.<br/><br/>The cold frame is a good idea. I actually built a greenhouse from old windows like <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Greenhouse_From_Old_Windows/">this one</a> so I'm looking forward to getting things started sooner next year.<br/>
Nice! My only concern would be planting vegetables or herbs in beds made with pressure-treated lumber. You would probably want to stick to ornamental plants only. Also, you might want to put some sort of liner between the fence and the dirt to avoid rotting the fence.

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