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Show Off Your Collection

Displays for your favorite garden wares can be made from scratch. Here's how.

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Show off your favorite decorative garden wares with either of these structures. Both are easy to build.

Hang It Up. This structure is ideal for displaying decorative birdhouses, wind chimes, bird feeders, and other hanging objects. To secure the structure in the ground, sink posts below the frost line in your area. Pour a bag of concrete mix into the hole around each post. Moisture from the ground will harden the mixture, securing the post.

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Display Your Wares. Use these shelves to divide a space, screen a work area, and add room for your favorite garden ware. You can build just one, or build a series of shelves like you would a fence. Your shelf will endure the weather if you build from pressure-treated pine or rot-resistant wood like cedar.

Build the structure from pressure treated wood or use a rot resistant wood like cedar or redwood. Hardware should be stainless steel or galvanized.

Sink the posts to the frost line in your area, resting the ends on a 4-6-inch bed of gravel for drainage. Anchor the posts with concrete for maximum durability. Plumb and square the posts as you set them.

Cut the joists and rafters to lengths that look best to you. For a more decorative look, angle-cut the ends or use a sabersaw to cut curved ends.

Top off the posts with prefabricated finials from a hardware store or home center. Use paint or stain to decorate the medallions.

Build the structure from pressure treated wood, cedar, or redwood and stainless steel or galvanized hardware.

If you plan to cut the tops of the posts as shown, make your cuts before trimming the posts to length. Otherwise, plan to add prefabricated finals after setting the posts in place.

Sink the posts to the frost line in your area, resting the ends on a 4-6-inch bed of gravel for drainage. Anchor the posts with concrete. Be sure to plumb and square the posts as you set them.

Cut the shelves and side pieces as shown in the drawing. Use paint or stain to decorate the trim pieces.

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