Honey Do - Quick Planters

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Project by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 07-10-2009 05:11 AM 3185 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You know how it is, sweetie pie wants you to make something right away and expects to use it the same day.
She decided she was going to try growing veggies in a Planter and she demanded I made her 2 to get her started – NOW! I tried to explain that it took time to design and make things but she gave me that “with all those tools you have” routine, so I shut up and hit the shop.
These planters are quickly made but are solid. I used cedar fence planks for the “boxes” and treated pine for the frames.
The first one I made was a little too high for Sweetie, so I made the second one lower. She wanted them mobile so she could move them for sun exposure in the afternoon.
The Hoop addition which is removable is for 3/4” plastic mesh to be fitted to keep stealing birds and kitty cats out, it is like a removable tent.
The casters have brakes to achieve the repositioning request.

Since I made these I have greatly improved and standardized the planter and even have a plant holder/tool tote accessory – but it’s all on paper. When I feel like it I’ll make the new design and post it for you to see what you think.

My reward for completing Sweetie Pie’s demands was a PC sander ….. life is good!

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#1 posted 07-10-2009 05:45 AM

Nice planters well done

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#2 posted 07-10-2009 06:20 AM

Cool design. Look Nice. How are they full of dirt?

Happy sweeties can be their own reward.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#3 posted 07-10-2009 07:03 AM

The design was right out of my head at record speed. You will see some design differences between the two.
When full these planters are rock solid and REALLY easy to move around. The cedar box planks are jointed and the frame – ripped from treated 2×4’s acts as a cradle frame and under the cedar box there are 2 supports running the full length of the planter, so it is very solid and stable. Being as I made these in such a rush I know full well that having more time would have let me finish them better, but I’ll get to that with the Mk.II sometime later.

PS. I really do have the best Sweetie (when she is not so pushy)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 07-10-2009 03:05 PM

Very neat planters, my wife would like those.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 07-11-2009 03:56 AM

Great planters. sometime the push is all we need to get it done. My wife gets all the best stuff that comes out of the shop.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 07-12-2009 05:19 PM

Way to keep the wife happy. i plan on building my wife raised vegetable gardens.

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 02:30 AM

Those are slick Roger!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#8 posted 02-25-2011 04:45 PM

Wait a dang minute! You get paid for honey-do’s? In tools? All I get are new requests!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#9 posted 02-25-2011 04:58 PM

Very nice ,Roger.

Too bad I read this with my Sweatie Pie sitting next to me, now I have to build two of them.

What would you do different if anything?


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

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#10 posted 02-25-2011 05:31 PM

There are various things I would do differently or improve on.
First of all you have to understand that I made these from materials I had available, treated 2×4’s and some fence pickets.
It would have been nice to make them all from cedar or redwood.
The side “pickets” are made with a lap joint, I would now T&G them.
The removable hoops have a plastic mesh or chicken wire cover which makes a great security cover (birds and cats) – you only saw the hoops on one of the planters. The hops are just heavy gauge wire that fits into a drilled hole.

You can size the planters to various sizes, just remember how wide your picket cut offs are (like 5-1/2 each) -so it’s easy to obtain the dimension I made mine: 7×3 = 38-1/2” x 16-1/2” (plus the upright’s thickness)
The height of the pickets cuts I used was 10” and you will get 7 pieces out of a 6×1x72 picket which costs $1.59 (treated pine) Or you could go with cedar pickets. You can also make the trough bottom the same way with pickets if you want, just remember to reinforce the supports and corners.
If mobile, wheels of you choice that lock, I used what I had.
Best of all was I used torn down pickets that had been given to me and the wheels were 97c when I bought then
I painted them with semi transparent cedar tone.

Hope this helps.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#11 posted 02-28-2011 01:48 AM

Those are awesome you can move them around so you can clean or more sun.Great idea.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#12 posted 03-21-2011 07:46 AM

Good job with the planters Roger. I like those, I think something like your planters would make a nice mother’s day gift this year. I have some old redwood from a deck remodel, some wire from doing hanging ceilings just need to get some wheels and I think I’m in business. Post ya some pictures when I’m done.
I read your homepage hope that you’re getting along better these days. Funny I was just thinking about a brit carpenter friend of mine I meet in New Jersey. I was always amused about our differences in what we called things. One day He told me to go check something in the “watercloset”, I went to the HVAC closet where the hotwater heater was in this house and came back and told him that I couldn’t find anyting wrong in there. He would wail on me about our word “fixen”, You know I’m fixen to go to this, fixen to go do that. He would always ask me “whats broke that you are fixing. Take and and hope to see more projects in the future.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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