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Project by harum posted 07-10-2014 11:32 PM 1483 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished two planters made of redwood for my wife. I used plans from WoodsmithPlans.com, WS15916. The wood came from a local landscaping yard. The finish is redwood color penetrating oil. It was quite a project involving some mortise/tennon joinery (cut with table saw). I have tried for the first time some joinery techniques. It came out pretty well: the wife said that without the side panels and with a nice top, the longer planter would make a pretty coffee table. (Ok, I know what my next woodworking project should be.)

The dimensions are: 27” long × 23” wide × 25” high and 40” l × 23” w × 20-1/2” h. They will sit next to each other, the taller planned for a princess tree. The bottom is painted with an oil-based paint and its height can be adjusted:

I would like to thank my neighbor, a passionate woodworker and a WWII veteran, for kindly letting me use the tools in his garage shop.

The last but not least: This penetrating oil stuff is something to keep an eye on! The cotton rug I used for wiping off excess oil started smoking about two hours after I left it on the garage floor. The inside of it was hot to touch and changed color. This is no joke!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."





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Mr M's Woodshop

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 01:32 AM

I got to enjoy the surprise of spontaneous combustion shortly after I moved into my new house 20+ years ago. We had company, and suddenly we had smoke everywhere.

I’ve never left oil-soaked rags in a pile or in the garage since!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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harum

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 01:45 AM

Yes, lesson learned. I had never thought of spontaneous combustion more than just some theoretically possible but highly improbable thing.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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JT23325

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#3 posted 07-11-2014 03:02 AM

Beautiful Flower Boxes I really like Redwood..

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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harum

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#4 posted 07-11-2014 03:27 AM

Thanks Jeff. Redwood is beautiful; it’s very soft though and scratches easily. Was thinking of a redwood backyard table, but not sure if it’s practical.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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tyka

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#5 posted 07-11-2014 10:53 AM

Absolutely gorgeous and professional. Well done. They almost seem too nice to put outside in the elements.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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jroot

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#6 posted 07-11-2014 12:37 PM

these are gorgeous. I would definitely put them proudly in front of my house. Well done

Interesting about the oil soaked rag. I never would have thought that. I’ll have to be more careful.

-- jroot

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harum

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#7 posted 07-11-2014 02:09 PM

Thanks, Paul and jroot.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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iamcliff

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#8 posted 07-11-2014 04:13 PM

Interesting use of joinery. Nice work.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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