Planter box

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 04-20-2012 06:07 PM 6249 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decided to make a planter box for $20 and not worry the slightest about it rotting. When it eventually falls apart, I’ll just make a new one!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 06:30 PM

Looks Good Steve.
I don’t think if it was just glued that it would hold together.

Another great project.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 06:45 PM

Are you going to line the inside before you put dirt in it?

Maybe just a heavy weight trash bag..

that would keep it nicer longer..

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 06:52 PM

Another great production Steve!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 04-20-2012 07:33 PM

What’ with the ”COW PIE” pic Steve, have you become a Dairy Farmer besides all your other talents ?

-- Rodman

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#5 posted 04-20-2012 08:15 PM

Yah, those lag screws were expensive. $7 and change for 16 of them. The first thing that comes to mind is to use some kind of simple mortise and tenon, but that sounds like work. Maybe make rails full width and sit them in a channel cut on 2 sides of each leg – so it looks like they wrap all the way around.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#6 posted 04-20-2012 08:19 PM

Great video, as always, Steve! I definitely think the screws are important—whether the lag screws or maybe even pocket holes. I also wonder about the slats as the support for the bottom. I haven’t worked with them before, so I don’t know how strong they are, but I wonder how they would hold up to all the weight of the dirt.

Overall, it’s a very beautiful planter box. You have definitely given me some good ideas. Thanks again, Steve. Keep ‘em coming!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 04-20-2012 08:51 PM

Cool video again, Steve! You are right that those planters cost a mint! I used to have one where two of them were the sides to a bench. I think the thing cost me about $150 and that was probably 20 years ago. :( Had I known how to do woodworking then (I could have used the money to buy tools!) :D

Thanks for another great project!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 04-20-2012 10:03 PM

Steve; I built my planter box 20 years ago( I use PT 4×4). After about 10 years the bottom fell out and the plants just continued to grow into the ground. Thanks for a nice tutorial video.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 04-20-2012 11:12 PM

Good video, Steve…..the planter box looks good…... sturdy and serviceable, but I think the bending board might be a bit light weight for the bottom. (Did you get the plans from Ted?)

-- jbschutz

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#10 posted 04-20-2012 11:14 PM

very cool Steve,great video

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 04-21-2012 04:38 AM

As always, a very nice looking project. I don’t think I would trust glue alone on that though. That is end-grain.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 04-21-2012 05:43 AM

Good idea for a 20 dollar project, I would have used any old paint laying around in door or out door, just to use the paint up and maybe add a couple years of life to it. Right now I have 2 gallons of white paint rotting away in the basement never to be used….but wait….I could use your plan and get rid of the paint!!!! Another project for my vacation to do list ;) thanks Steve…

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 04-23-2012 02:13 AM

Steve, I like the planter box!

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#14 posted 04-27-2012 04:07 PM

Nice planter box! For $20 you cant beat that!


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