The girlfriend and I have been getting into the gardening spirit lately and planting anything and everything that will grow here in the NorthWest. With not a lot of places to plant things I decided to move to the patio for options, some planter boxes along the edge would do nicely. I scoured Google and Youtube for ideas and was disappointed with the lack of quality box plans or videos but eventually found something along the lines of what we wanted and would not cost a fortune to build. After acquiring some 2×2 pressure treated lumber and 7/16 ply bead board, I set off to make some planter boxes. I decided to make the boxes using tongue and groove (Mortise and tenon) construction so I’d have an excuse to break out my new stacked dado set and give the router table some exercise. Boy what a pain in the arse I was getting myself into. The idea was to create the mortises on the router table using a 1/2 straight but router bit and make the tenons on the table saw with the stacked dado. The idea would have been all fine and dandy if the dimensional lumber I was using had any inkling of uniformity in it’s width at all. Not thinking that the damn stuff was twenty different widths and not having a planer to run the pieces through I ended up having to cut every single tenon individually and fit them all one at a time instead of just setting up the height of the dado stack and running all the pieces through. The mortise was also a pain in the arse because my test piece was dead center, but every other piece run through ended up off to one side or the other due to the differing widths of the lumber. So my beautiful craftsmanship was all for not when it came time to assemble the boxes. Nothing lined up, the tenons were all either lose or too tight (two actuallly fit perfect) and ended up re-cutting each piece to fit.
As you can see from the pictures, the boxes didn’t turn out half bad for what they are. I definitely learned a few very valuable lessons building these boxes that I will carry on to the next project so in the end, these little garden boxes turned out to be something I can truly be proud of, but will always be a reminder never to use dimensional lumber AGAIN!!! lol.
-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?