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Project by GodofBiscuits posted 06-05-2011 09:25 PM 1474 views 7 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

These are little planter boxes I made for my Girlfriend’s and my ever growing garden of vegetables. Since we rent the place we live in, tearing up the yard to put in a garden isn’t exactly an option for us. We utilized the two built in stone planters around the house and filled the area in front of the deck with over 150 bulbs of varying summer blooming flowers and wanted some place to grow our own vegetables. The deck was the perfect spot to place some planter boxes, so I got to work and scoured the internet for ideas and plans. Sadly, the majority of planter box ideas didn’t fit what we wanted, so I grabbed pen and paper and drew up a quick and dirty sketch that would fit well and look good up on the deck. Upon gaining approval from the GF, I went out and got the materials to make three boxes, simple yet elegant design with minimal material cost was key. The entire box is made up of 2×2s with exterior siding making up the side panels. I wanted to make the boxes as nice looking as I could given the materials being used, so I went with a mortise and tenon design for the frames and a floating panel design for the sides. I rough cut all the pieces with a hand held circular saw then final dimensioning using the table saw. I have extremely limited shop space so cutting the full length rough lumber outside is a must. Once I had all the pieces cut to length, I cut all the dados and mortise on the router table. Making stop dados is considerably easier since I can cut the tenons just short and hide the rounded portion left by the 1/2 inch router bit. I could have used the stacked dado cutter in my saw to make the dados but space did not exactly allow me the option. Once all the routing was out of the way, I installed the stacked dado in the saw and cut all my tenons. Making tenons on dimensional lumber proved to be a pain in the arse due to the varying widths in the material. This was the biggest lesson learned from this project. Considering the material used, I am very happy with the outcome. I learned a lot about working with dimensional lumber through the building of these boxes that will only make the next few that much nicer. All in all, I have roughly $30 in material for three boxes that if bought at the home store would have cost well over $180. Not a bad savings if you ask me. Get’s me thinking I need to build some more and sell a few. :o)

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?





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#1 posted 06-06-2011 01:50 AM

Nice looking garden boxes.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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