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sclarke624

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Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« on: May 12, 2010, 13:18 »
My OH has made me high rise beds.  On the top we have decking planks mitred at the corners, so it looks like a picture frame on top, if you see what I mean, just to make them look nice.

OH has asked me to ask this.  His mitre'ing isn't that great there are gaps.  He tried filling with wood filler and some slivers of wood but that didn't really work.  What can he do to hide the gaps and make it look pretty LOL.  I suggested cutting a triangle of decking to put over the gaps, which would look decorative but also hide gap.  I guess he was thinking is there a metal ermmm! thing that you can put over the gaps, like strips or something.
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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2010, 13:53 »
yes you can buy corner braces that would do the job...........I'll see if I can Google some up :lol:

these  or  different shape/bigger ones further down the page
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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2010, 14:22 »
A pot plant at each corner would hide a lot . :)

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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2010, 14:34 »
Beading? Something with a flat profile (probably not this, but its all I could fine at a quick search)


B & Q link

Acorn (et al) finial? (Also good when pulling the hose round the corner of the bed)



http://www.buyfencingdirect.co.uk/Acorn-Finials-and-Post-Caps
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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2010, 14:35 »
are you talking about hiding the gap when viewed from above, or hiding a dodgy joint line down the edge?

if the edge is the issue then aluminium angle is what you need like this:

http://www.metals4u.co.uk/detail.asp?cat_id=12&prd_id=31

Aluminium is strong but also quite soft so it cuts to length easily with a hacksaw, you can drill through it and screw it to the corners. Not only will it hide the joint lines but it will strengthen the corners considerably. I always suggest strengthening raised bed corners in this way anyway. It will not rust but if you dont like the idea of silver grey aluminium corners you can buy a wide range of spray paints suitable for spraying directly onto metal at B&Q et al, hammerite is the best known.
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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2010, 21:12 »
pull it off and start again otherwise it will always bother you!

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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2010, 21:52 »
My raised beds are less than perfect but will still do the job.  I would dearly love them to be perfect, but am going to worry less about what they look like than what I grow in them.  The very worst one is going to have a pot filled with some herbs to disguise it. 8)

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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2010, 23:42 »
I'll send him to the links.  Thanks for those, I now know at least what the bits that cover the bad bits are called.  Beading would probably work as well thanks Kristen, we tried finials on the other bed but they all fell off eventually. 

Monsta  THAT is not an option LOL.

Ice he is a perfectionist, I don't really care about the gaps, but he does.

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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2010, 17:16 »
I moved a raised bed this year with the help of sister and she asked what i was measuring and checking angles for etc I told her I wanted it square - she replied its only an allotment :ohmy: :ohmy: some people eh. I changed it when she had gone amd made sure it was right :nowink:

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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2010, 18:40 »
Now I know at last why some veggies struggle in my garden - they must be upset at my sloppy woodworking skills on the raised beds......
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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2010, 10:54 »
try mixing sawdust with wood glue and using it to fill the gaps!

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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2010, 23:22 »
if you keep pushing the planks together and sawing down the joint and push together and saw again and again you will get a closer joint
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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2010, 13:09 »
she replied its only an allotment :ohmy:

i get this all the time! people just dont understand, if its not done right it'll get on your nerves and you'll see it every time you walk past. also im an engineer by profession so im slightly obsessive about straight lines and square corners anyway.

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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2010, 13:31 »
Wood expands when wet and shrinks when dry and moves all over the place doing it.

If you want perfect joints outside you will need to make your raised beds from teak. :D

If you can afford teak will you lend me a tenner. :)

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Re: Hiding bad cut mitre joins
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2010, 13:53 »
I like your style 8doubles  :lol:



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