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Project by bobasaurus posted 1775 days ago 2011 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a planter I made for the final project in a basic woodworking class. The legs are made from laminated white oak and walnut, the rails and bottom are hard maple, and the thin vertical strips are cherry. All the joinery is mortise and tenon, and the finish is several coats of Minwax Helmsman spar urethane (satin). The whole project took me quite a while, even with a full shop of fancy tools. Hopefully I can create something of the same magnitude in my small home shop someday.

The hardest part was making the through mortises to hold the bottom cross-lapped pieces. The mortising machine kept blowing out the hard maple when the bit exited the piece, even with scrap clamped underneath for support, so I did it mostly by hand with chisels. There were some gaps in the final product after gluing, so I also spent lots of time cutting little pieces to fit in the openings.

This thing was a beast to move around… it weighs over 40 pounds and is pretty ungainly. I think it looks pretty nice with the tree in my folks house.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 1775 days ago

Nice planter!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 1775 days ago

Unique planter good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1775 days ago

Very very nice!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#4 posted 1775 days ago

Nice craftsmanship. Its not my type of style, but you did a really great job… Keep up the good work…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#5 posted 1775 days ago

I really like your design. Works perfect for that tree. Well done.

-- John @

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#6 posted 1775 days ago

I really like it man…although I kind of want a big burly trunk in there, maybe a mature dwarf citrus tree. Also with the Helmsman Spar Urethane any thoughts of putting it outside on a patio or why did you choose that finish?

Nice job!

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#7 posted 1774 days ago

Hey Bob,
Nice design, build and finish….....well done.

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#8 posted 1774 days ago

Cantil3v3r, I originally intended for this thing to sit outside, but changed my mine considering how it would eventually deteriorate no matter what finish. I don’t want all that hard work to just crack and rot away in the sun and the elements.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#9 posted 1774 days ago

Looks very nice, especially with that tree in it. Nice mix of woods, nice build.

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

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#10 posted 1774 days ago

Very nice! Great inside or outside…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 1774 days ago

Very nice planter. Perfect fit with the tree.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 1369 days ago

With gardening being my second passion, I really like the planter.
Great work.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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