Cedar Planter

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Project by fiddlebanshee posted 08-25-2014 05:50 PM 1099 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am very much a beginning woodworker. I finally set up shop in our new garage and am starting to build some projects. I will upload some other projects later but this one was a planter that we needed to partition a walkway off of the parkinglot/driveway. I’ll be making two of these with a matching storage box for our garden hoses to live during the winter. The storage box was actually the prototype which I didn’t like as a planter (too high) but is perfect to stash away all those hoses that otherwise would be laying around.

It is 25×29 and 27 inches high. It is made of 1×6 and 1×4 cedar and some 1×2 trim. Frame construction was pocketholes. The 1×6 vertical slats are connected to the upper rail with a tongue in groove construction (first time for me). The slats are attached to the bottom frame member by screws. Otherwise they free float in the groove. I wanted to make sure the crazy temperature and humidity swings in our climate would not cause havoc, and I wanted to wood to be able to move. The bottom is 4 slats with about an inch in between each for drainage.

It took me about 3 hours to make this. Will make another one next weekend. Then it is on to a storage box for wood cutoffs, and a stand for my bandsaw.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 03:09 AM

Yeah, storage is better. I’d hate to put soil in that. Too nice looking for dirt.

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 08:29 PM

nicely done. I made two cedar planters to flank my garage door. I was still in my stubborn “I hate finishing” phase. So decided to let them age to a “handsome grey”.
yeah well, they didn’t look handsome when I put them away for winter. So my suggestion is to give them a protective coat of some sort.

-- Every day in another opportunity to create something great.

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 08:39 PM

what kind of finish would you suggest?

thanks for your comments and advice.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#4 posted 08-28-2014 01:30 AM

I did one recently with boiled linseed oil. See my projects for pics. Easy finish. Nice job.

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