Retaining wall - part 1

by brae  

As noted in a previous post, the main part of the retaining wall will be made from Woodsies popsicle sticks that measure 6" x 3/4" x 1/16".  The back width of the base is 24" so I marked the foam core board base in 4" intervals.

Mike again came to the rescue! I needed 1/4" x 1/2" x 36" strip wood, but the local stores carry only balsa in that length. It is too soft for base trim, so he sent me cut strips of poplar to finish the plywood edge. Unfortunately, I failed to tell him the amount needed so he sent only one board. While I awaited the rest, I used the single board to align the horizontal planks around the foam core base. I'll add the base boards once they arrive.

I cut the Woodsies sticks to 4" lengths and glued them to the foam core board base using the guidelines, starting in the middle.  I used the Easy Cutter for the horizontal planks since the ends would be covered by the vertical posts.

I used a length of corner trim to align the tops as well.  I'm awaiting my supply of this trim as well.

I made a small hole for the wires.

For the lead edges where the land descends, I kept the boards even, cutting the lines with a utility blade.  I will build up the land to fill in the adjacent areas during landscaping.

I like the look of it so far.

8 comments

Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Oooh! That'll do, that'll do. And a mighty fine job it'll do! It looks so polished even unfinished!
04/07/13 @ 20:11
Comment from: April [Visitor]
Yay Mike! I wondered how you were going to handle the front slope, looks great :D
04/07/13 @ 20:20
Comment from: Patrick [Visitor]
Hello Brae, Do you know where I can order the Easy Cutter from ? I tried to find it in Thailand but I couldn't. Is it a useful tool? I use the circular saw even for very small things and I am afraid that one day, I'll cut my fingers too, LOl Have a great Monday. Cheers, Patrick
04/07/13 @ 20:39
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
It's wonderful. I told everyone on my blog to look at yours. How are you feeling? Pat
04/08/13 @ 11:27
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :>> I'm feeling better. Took it easy over the weekend, and most of the swelling has gone. Patrick - I'll send you an email. :yes:
04/08/13 @ 11:42
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hello brae! Your loft is coming along really nicely and the retaining wall is looking good! What a clever idea to use the woodsies for the wall. More and more I come to appreciate the ingenuity of creative people finding solutions in the common every day items that are often overlooked. Great work! elizabeth
04/08/13 @ 12:38
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Looking great!! I love that little studio. :)
04/08/13 @ 20:49
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
"......I like the look of it so far......." So do I!
04/09/13 @ 12:03


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