|Project by ajw1978||posted 06-08-2015 08:22 PM||1202 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
While killing time waiting (very, very, very patiently) for my flight to bring me back from Spring Training (I feel the need to emphasize, VERY patiently waiting; nobody wants to leave Arizona and go back to Wisconsin in March), I caught up on Steve Ramsey’s latest projects and caught this little planter. Seemed right up my alley; limited tools, inexpensive lumber, etc etc etc…
To my shock, I came home to find not three feet of snow and arctic conditions, but a stunning stretch of 50-degree, sunny days so I decided to pull the tools out of storage and give it a shot.
I’m so glad I did. This turned out to be a relatively easy project. Spent $20 on 1×4s at Menard’s, bought a box of screws and a gallon of redwood tinted deck stain on clearance and got to work. I made a few mistakes along the way, notably assembling backwards and not affixing my stop blocks tight enough which lead to some uneven boxes. I also got lazy and tried using brads to connect the box bottoms (without glue … moron) and ultimately, had to make some adjustments a few months later.
I was worried about stability, so I ended up ripping the middle board off the bottom of each planter. I thought it was smart at the time, but it ended up backfiring on me. Stupid expansion/contraction.
Still, it was a fun and simple build. Even the CEO got involved, handling some of the staining, and the four-legged Control Manager seemed to approve, as well. We just finally got around to filling the boxes … but haven’t actually finished them all. Maybe by Labor Day…..
My only other regrets (aside from learning math), is I wish I would have sanded everything before I assembled it. Would have made the stain look much better and more even. I also wish I’d assembled it correctly, but live and learn. I’ll put all those modifications to use on my next batch, as this little boredom project led to my first-ever commissions. Pretty excited about that.
Here’s the link, BTW: (Thanks, Steve!) http://woodworking.formeremortals.net/2015/03/three-tier-planter/
-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.