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Project by daltxguy posted 02-04-2011 03:16 PM 2330 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are nice little boxes to start your seedlings in, or to hold containers to start your seedlings in or to hold your loose potted plants so they are easy to move around.

This is not my idea ( who can lay claim to the design of a box?) but the size and shape came from a box which some flower seedlings came in from a local gardening centre. A $2 deposit got it home only I never returned it and used it as a model for 10 other ones I built out of scrap wood.

I’ve shown several pictures on how it is constructed. It’s simply nailed together with galvanised nails. The wood I used is treated timber, so I wouldn’t recommend starting vegetable seedlings in it directly. I use it to hold sets of those plastic 6 pack seedling trays, making it easy to move them around to wherever they need to be.

The dimensions are shown in the sketchup diagram and the cutlist is provided. It’s in metric but basically this box is 7 inches wide and 20 inches long, 3 inches high. If you use 1/2” ply for the bottom and sides, the inside will be 2.5” deep and 6” wide.

They are pretty easy to knock together. I suggest you build a bunch all at once if you do. It’s the same amount of work almost to build 1 as it is to build half-dozen. You’ll find a lot of uses for them.

sketchup file available on request.

cutlist – use whatever wood you want but if it is going to be outside in the rain, use something reasonably durable. Keep it natural if you are going to start food plants in them.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau



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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-04-2011 03:19 PM

very handy
It is so nice to have containers that actually fit the contents.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-04-2011 04:04 PM

what a simple but genius idea!
I have to haul plants in and out of the garage all through the winter season, this would make it a snap. Since I would leave the pots sitting in the boxes for the days it is warm enough for them to be outside, I think I will ask DH to drill a few holes in the bottom (in case I spill when watering the pots)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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daltxguy

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posted 02-04-2011 04:37 PM

Thanks G_T. Mine are not built to such fine tolerances that I have to worry about water collecting on the bottom so I don’t have any holes in them. It runs out the sides…but you can modify them to whatever purpose you need. It’s just handy to have a permanent ‘tray’.

I use the back of that old trike for moving plants from shelter out into the rain to get watered. The back of it has a platform which can hold up to five of the boxes. Roll it out when it rains, roll it back when the sun gets too hot.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-04-2011 04:53 PM

your boxes look done very exactly, seeing no gaps, that’s why I thought I’d need holes :)
(since I am messy with watering)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-04-2011 08:10 PM

Great box idea, Steve. My farming uncle built one like it for me and I use it often. He called it a trug. One difference is that it has rope handles at either end to make it easier to carry.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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daltxguy

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posted 02-04-2011 11:23 PM

Thanks Robin. Now a trug is a great thing but a whole different beast as it is more akin in form and function to a basket being used to carry garden harvest, tools, a picnic or the odd cat. It also explains why yours had rope handles.
However, no one says you couldn’t do that to a wooden box….but then it would be a ‘trox’.

These are some trugs from a local trug maker. These are made of willow and aspen secured with copper nails.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-05-2011 01:03 AM

Wow, those are gorgeous! Mine looks very similar to your box, just with the rope handles, and it is very handy in and around the garden. I agree, what I have is a trox!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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daltxguy

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posted 02-05-2011 04:46 AM

Yes they are, Robin. With a price to match! However, they look easy enough to make that I just might try one of these someday.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-05-2011 06:35 AM

beautiful trugs… too beautiful, I would not use them so not to mess them up.
I like the wooden box, made of scrap wood much better :D

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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jroot

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posted 02-05-2011 10:48 AM

Great lookin’ box, Daltxguy. Simple to make, and good lookin’ too. What else could one ask for? ;-)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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sharad

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posted 02-05-2011 12:41 PM

Very nice boxes, Daltxguy. I think they should have some handles to lift and keep them down to avoid injury to your fingers when carrying heavier material. The pictures of the trugs show beautiful craftsmanship.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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dini

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posted 02-05-2011 05:23 PM

I agree with G_T, those trugs are WAY too pretty to use. Now, a trox, on the other hand, would be ideal.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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daltxguy

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posted 02-05-2011 05:40 PM

Sharad – handles would be a good idea if you are going to put heavier things into it. This box is perhaps smaller than you might imagine or it looks big and heavy with all of the (very small) pots I have in mine. I have no trouble managing without it. But handles, ropes etc are always helpful for anything being lifted and moved often. Wheels are even better :)

Robin, you should post your trox to see some more ideas.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-06-2011 06:44 AM

yes, please show us your trox (I never even heard of that word, nor do I even know how to pronounce it)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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jroot

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posted 02-06-2011 08:49 AM

Yes, Robin, we are eagerly awaiting a photographic display of your trox. Sounds interesting. When I google “trox”, I get photos of a bug.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-06-2011 09:47 AM

Here are photos of my very handy “trox”. You can tell it is well worn but it has held up well over several years of frequent use. If you can’t find a definition of a trox anywhere, it is because Steve just coined it and it hasn’t made its way into the dictionary yet. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-06-2011 10:34 AM

ROFL, ok, that makes me feel not quite as stupid ;-)

I love your troxes (or troxa… troxae… or maybe troxei ?)

Pics are copied to HD and will be shown to DH :D

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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jroot

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posted 02-06-2011 05:06 PM

Thanks, Robin. They look good. Wouldn’t it be cool if they had wheels?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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daltxguy

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posted 02-06-2011 06:53 PM

Trox [troks]
-noun
1. gardening box which has handles on it which allows it to be carried like a basket (trug) or a tray, hence a trox

Origin:
GardenTenders, 2011; from box, a reshaping of Latin pyxis and Middle English; Old English trēg, trīg;

slang: ‘Big Trox’ – a trox with wheels

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-06-2011 07:12 PM

G_T – I hope you like using the ones your DH makes you as much as I enjoy using mine.

Jroot – When I want a box with wheels, I use an old wagon my sons played with when they were young. It even comes with a convenient handle. I think I like my trox just the way it is.

Steve, your comments always make me smile.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-06-2011 09:48 PM

Trox [troks]
-noun
1. gardening box which has handles on it which allows it to be carried like a basket (trug) or a tray, hence a trox

Origin:
GardenTenders, 2011; from box, a reshaping of Latin pyxis and Middle English; Old English trēg, trīg;

slang: ‘Big Trox’ – a trox with wheels

I still don’t know the plural :D

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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daltxguy

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posted 02-06-2011 10:22 PM

There hasn’t been much call for the plural yet. First one to see more than one trox in the same place can decide on the plural. It’ll be whatever sounds right :)

Hmmm, is it a gaggle of trox, or a flock of trox?

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Audrey Greenwood

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posted 10-30-2014 08:15 PM

It’s really nice and a simle enough to copy design, I don’t think you should worry too much about the patent on the design, haha! But it is a good idea, moving boxes like these around the garden will definitely make things a lot more organized!

-- Audrey Greenwood @ http://blog.boomerangbox.com.au/

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