Quarter sawn cedar planter & bench

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Project by DocT posted 01-02-2009 06:04 AM 9047 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


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#1 posted 01-02-2009 10:43 AM

Awesome looking! I love the design and craftsmanship. Question: Does the bench area sag at all when you sit on it? Enjoy it. If you dont like it, send it to me. It would look great in my pool area. Happy New Year

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 04:24 PM

Ditto….I have a spot for it if you get tired of it!

Very nice job. I’m glad you mentioned that the bench was designed to be removable. I was going to suggest that the whole thing would look even better, IMO, if the bench was flush with the planter tops, but now I see why you did it that way.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-02-2009 06:17 PM

Very nice.That would look nice in my gardens.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#4 posted 01-02-2009 10:10 PM

i love it…I want to build one on my deck…a bit different…but this is great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 01-21-2009 05:46 AM

Thats a nice planter box.

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#6 posted 10-20-2009 02:09 AM

Hi Doc,

That is a very cool planter.

I made one in 2007 that was a similar style but not nearly as beautiful. You did great.

You have inspired me to post mine though. Check my projects in a little while and you can see it.



-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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