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Project by mrg posted 06-14-2010 02:53 AM 2314 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am posting my first project here on Lumberjocks and would like to thank everyone who has answered my questions I have asked in the past. I would like to thank Purplev for answering my questions on finishing and also would like to thank A1Jim for the book info on finishing.

Well here it goes. The planters are made out of Cedar and and 4 cps of 16×16 ply for the top of and bottom of the planters. 180 lf of 1×4 S1S2E and 32 lf of 2×2 Cedar S4S. It took me two days to cut everything and is shown in the second picture all cut. The house smelled of cedar for quite a few days. It took me about three days to glue and nail everything together. Sanding took me a couple of evenings to do. After cutting and sanding the first round the dust was just to bad. I bought a fitting to fit my Dewalt sander and shop vac. The third picture is the beginning of the finishing process. Finishing was 4 coats of Spar Varnish waited 1-2 days between coats. First can was separated and needed quite a bit of mixing and took for ever to dry and was sucked up by the wood. Second can was a fresh shipment stirred and flowed real nice.

I learned a lot during this project. Dust collection is a must. (Bought a dust collector). When you think things are straight that they may not be. My jig set was square but my side rails for the benches had bowed ever so slightly and threw out the channel for the benches to set on top of the planters. Fixed with my Dremel multi max and a chisel.

Thats it for now. I may add to these later. Next project is privacy panels.

-- mrg





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Salty

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 03:03 AM

That is a very nice design and excellent craftsmanship. The look of natural cedar is amazing. Great job.

-Salty

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greg

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 03:49 AM

those are really nice .i like to build outdoors type stuff myself . good job

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schloemoe

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 04:34 AM

very nice I need some for my new deck….....................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 04:38 AM

Nice work, I like those benches!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 05:32 AM

Nice bench planter combo

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dan Hux

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 03:00 PM

great benches…Like the cedar

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 06-14-2010 05:21 PM

Great work! congrats on your first post very nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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EPJartisan

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#8 posted 10-26-2011 09:47 PM

Awesome project …. my other half has been on me to make benches out our back porch like these. What kind of planter containers did you use, and did you include insulation? I am on a third floor condo and it gets cold, so I want to plant long tern vines.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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mrg

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#9 posted 10-26-2011 09:55 PM

The planter containers are the typical square white plastic ones that you can get at HD, Lowes or any garden center. Just drill holes in the bottom of the planer boxes so they drain. I left mine out last year just moved them under the overhang. They still look as they do in the photo just on the other side of the patio.

-- mrg

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