Extend Your Harvest By Building A Garden Cold Box
By Chris Lambton
- Ideal for driving nails during a wide variety of common tasks on the job site or around the house
- Patented IsoCore™ Shock Control System absorbs strike shock and vibration to reduce the punishment your body takes, transferring 4X less shock and vibration than wood handles
- Insulation sleeve captures initial strike shock before it can reach your hand
- Dual-layer handle features a specially formulated combination of insulating materials to dampen lingering vibration
- Magnetic nail-starter groove allows you to start nails with one hand in hard places
- Rip claw pulls nails quickly and easily
- Handle flare keeps the tool firmly in hand when swinging
- Softgrip® handle features a sculpted profile to fit the natural shape of your hand
- Patent-pending, strategic handle texturing features large dimples where fingers rest for maximum grip and small dimples where the palm rests to help prevent blisters
- Extended grip lets you choke up for added control when making precision strikes
- Head optimized for balance, weight and superior durability
- Forged, heat-treated steel is finished with a rust-resistant coating
- Tested to exceed ISO and international standards for striking tool durability
- Length: 15.5"
- Weight: 20 oz.
- Full lifetime warranty
- IsoCore™ 20 oz General Use Hammer (15.5")
- Ideal for cutting a range of materials, including insulation, duct tape, cardboard, rope, tar paper, Tyvek, hose and more
- PowerArc™ patent-pending technology boasts curved blades that alter the angle between blades to give you over 30% more power, especially during the toughest part of the cut
- Heavy-duty coined stainless steel blades power through thick materials without separation and won’t rust
- Serrated edge grips slippery materials for better control
- Extended tang improves strength
- Bigger loops optimized for large gloved hands
- Ergonomic handle with Softgrip® and strategic texturing enhances comfort and control
- Bolted joint won’t loosen over time
- Length: 10"
- Full lifetime warranty
- PowerArc™ Shears (10")
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Great for a wide range of common on-the-job tasks, this general use hammer features our patented IsoCore™ Shock Control System to reduce shock and vibration by 4X.
Make tough cuts with heavy-duty shears featuring PowerArc™ blades that give you over 30% more power.
If you're like me, you wish fresh garden veggies lasted all year long. Thankfully, there's an easy way to prolong their growing season. Adding a cold box, or cold frame, on top of your raised garden helps extend the life of your produce and allows you to keep harvesting vegetables long into the fall.
Step 1: Measure the size of your raised bed. This allows you to make sure the cold box will fit securely on top of your garden and completely cover your produce. If you don't have a raised bed built, follow the first part of my square foot gardening tutorial here.
Step 2: Cut pieces of wood for the base frame according to your measurements. You will be building a rectangle or square cold frame that will fit exactly on top of your raised bed. Nail your cut pieces of wood together using 3" nails and the
Fiskars IsoCore 20 oz General Use Hammer (15.5") to create your base frame. I used untreated plywood to build my frame.
Step 3: Cut pieces of wood for the sides of the box. Next, cut what will be the back upright pieces of your frame to measure 24 inches and the front upright pieces to measure 12 inches. This will create an angled box, slanting higher in the back. Using 3" nails, hammer these cut boards to the bottom base frame.
Step 4: Cut pieces of wood to join all upright wooden planks together. Measure the distance between the four upright planks and cut boards according to those measurements. Using 3" nails, hammer the boards in place to create your final box, which should look like a rectangle at the base and a raised quadrilateral on the sides. Place the built frame on top of your raised bed to ensure the frame fits correctly.
Step 5: Cut plastic to size and adhere to cold box frame. Lay out the plastic over your cold box to find the needed amount to cover the frame from front to back, leaving the two quadrilateral sides open. Cut off any excess plastic using the
Fiskars PowerArc Easy Action Shears (10").
Step 6: Nail plastic to cold box frame. Attach the cut plastic to the cold box frame using 1/2 inch roofing nails. Be sure to pull the plastic tightly across the top, front and back sides so the final covering is taught against the frame, and again trim any excess plastic, if needed.
Step 7: Place cold box in final position. Once you have finished the construction, ensure the cold box is in the correct location over your raised bed. It will act as a greenhouse and keep your plants warmer during those cold autumn nights.