Planter box and trellis

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Project by sufficientwood posted 10-31-2011 03:08 AM 12382 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another plan from the pages of Wood magazine. It is a planter box and trellis made out of cedar and copper pipe. It was a birthday gift I made for my girlfriend’s mom. It was surprisingly easy to make, although the almost 30 feet of 3/4” copper pipe was highly painful to purchase. I had a crash course in “figure out the total cost of materials before committing to a project and buying all the lumber and not being able to back out of the project because a loved one is really excited about it.” It was definitely worth it though, her family loves the thing. This was done last spring and now the copper is starting to turn green which looks great. I should note that all the pictures make the trellis top look like it isn’t level. I assure you it is level, I might be only a year into wood working but I know a square when I see one!

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 03:12 AM

Nice work!

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 03:56 AM

Thank you. Of the projects I have completed, I criticize this one the least!

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 04:13 AM

That is a really nice gift and it’s a great piece of woodworking. I like it.

-- 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 10-31-2011 05:24 AM

Nice work, and remember it is better to give than receive.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 07:18 PM

Like it!

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 05:34 AM

To give the copper clad domes that characteristic green chalky appearance the builders would wash the copper down with mare’s urine. Apparently something about the mare’s urine caused the corrosion to occur that way.

I’m not entirely sure why I remember stuff like this…

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 05:38 AM

Very nice, great job

-- Chris, Oak Grove, MO

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