|Project by DocT||posted 01-02-2009 06:04 AM||8535 views||12 times favorited||6 comments|
Here’s the challenge: Run of the mill materials.
I decided to build this project entirely from big-box store construction lumber. Every stick comes from the local Lowe’s (not my usual supplier). I choose cedar for its outdoor durability, but I sought an upscale appearance. After an intense hour of digging through two piles of 2×6 rough western red cedar, I emerged with 10 pieces of defect free quartersawn stock. I resawed the pieces and jointed/thicknessed to 3/4”. The straight tight grain is certainly not what we are used to seeing in construction lumber. It gives this piece a very tailored and sleek appearance.
The construction is frame and panel with locking miters at the corners all assembled with Titebond III. The top and bottom mouldings are shop made from full-thickness 2x stock. The floor in each planter is composed of loose slats with copious drainage holes. The bench is held in place by the friction of a cleat on each side of the moulding and can be removed to use the planters individually. The finish is simply Thompson’s wheatherseal.