Deck Planters

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Project by RLindberry posted 02-16-2011 05:38 AM 8356 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were built on request of a homeowner who saw something similar in a catalog, though this was a completely original design. They had already purchased plastic planters and wanted some outdoor “holders” for the planters for the deck, on which they planned to do some entertaining. I ended up making three of them.

These are all cedar. The legs are just 2×2 with chamfered edges at the bottom. The walls are rough sawn cedar 1×4s and the top cap is 5/4×4 with a small profile routed on the edge. Corner boards are 1×2s with a routed profile on the edges and mitered at the corner which was then chamfered off. There is a bit of framework inside that holds a bunch of 1×2’s spaced evenly to allow for drainage and to hold the planters. They turned out nice, and the homeowners were happy. They looked really good on the cedar deck (which, incidentally, I also built).

I thought they looked terrific when I delivered them, but then the homeowner painted the cap white to match the deck and took them to a whole new level in my opinion!

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 11:32 AM

Looking good, the only thing I would change is the feet. I think 4×4’s down there would have made it softer looking. I like the white on top though gives it interest. Nice work.

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

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 02:42 PM

I need to do something like this with chairs and table. Very nice work.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 05:17 PM

Ken, it’s funny you should mention that. The feet were the one part that I was never truly happy with, and I couldn’t put my finger on why. 4×4s may have been the answer. I used the 2×2s simply because they were part of the interior framing and I extended them down to the bottom.

Thanks for the input.

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 05:32 PM

These look really nice. And I agree with you about the paint, they do add a nice touch. When I was looking at the photos, I couldn’t tell if they were painted or not, because some looked bare wood and some looked white. Thought it might be a reflection or something. Welcome to LumberJocks.
- JJ

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#5 posted 02-16-2011 08:10 PM

Hello and welcome

A good job nicely done

I like the contrast betwen the two colors

Just a question : How the plastic planters are fixed in the deck planter ? Do you a picture for that ?
Oh sorry this is a second question …..

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 01:02 AM

nice planters i like them a lot

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 04:14 AM

Thank you, greg

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#8 posted 02-17-2011 04:17 AM


I don’t have a picture of that per se, but if you look at the last thumbnail, and zoom it you can catch a glimpse of the framing inside. Basically, the planters are sitting on a shelf of 1×2s that are spaced apart for drainage. So there is a shelf about 8” down, if I remember correctly (I did this project quite a while ago).

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 11:22 AM

I really love this piece. I think maybe I need one on my patio! I agree about the legs. 4×4’s would have given it such a different look but I do like the contrast with the white paint. Good work…can’t wait to see more!

-- Paul

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