These are old library file boxes. How can I use them for planters?

These boxes are 13 1/2" long and 4" wide. They have a metal bar in center. They are solid oak. I don't want to tear them apart, but need idea on how to make a planter for hens and chicks.
q these are old library file boxes how can i use them for planters
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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 30, 2018
    Can you take a picture of them? You may need to cut off the metal bar. How are they finished right now? You would want to make sure the wood is going to be water proof so that they don't rot on you.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 30, 2018
    DRILL DRAINAGE HOLES IN BASE - Line and secure with plastic liner and pierce through drainage holes, unless for use inside the home. Add drainage grit - then Soil then plant up and water....Place in garden on low feet to allow for draining..
  • Lily Schlender Lily Schlender on Jan 31, 2018
    you could take out the metal bar and put a piece of bead board in them. hang them for coffee mugs or counter storages with small ball feet attached for spices or recipe cards? i think the plants would ruin the wood. i would love to buy them from you. : )
  • Willowsverge Willowsverge on Feb 01, 2018
    Could you remove the bar (the ones at our library just unscrewed out from the front) and plant your herbs or flowers in mason jars? They should fit right in there. That would save rotting the wood from direct contact with water. Just remember to put at least an inch of pea gravel in the jars first for some drainage before your potting mix. I hope you find a way that fits your needs!
  • Jennyprrs Jennyprrs on Feb 16, 2018
    Oh those would make neat candle sconces to hang on the wall too.
  • Bonnie Marsh Mooney Bonnie Marsh Mooney on Feb 18, 2018
    I love that idea! also why not hang them from tree branches with candles in them. also it would change the Ambiance of an evening party.
  • Sandy Sandy on Feb 19, 2018
    Add the waterproof lining ,holes for drainage, spray them with waterproof decking spray,get the clips for window boxes as keeping them up off the ground will stop the wood from rotting on the bottom
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Feb 19, 2018
    The wood is not treated for outdoor use - so as soon as it gets wet, it will fall apart and rot. I do not recommend using them as planters.
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