Honey, I need a quick Planter Box

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Project by TroutGuy posted 04-29-2012 07:13 AM 1560 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long story short, my wife asked if I could make her a “quick” planter box for our back porch. I did a “quick” check of my leftovers in the shop, drew a “quick” model in SketchUp. and went to work. As luck would have it I had just enough 3/4” plywood left from a previous job to make it.

A few “quick” rips, crosscuts, dados, and rabbets later, I had it in clamps. Next, I added 3/8” x 3/4” African Mahogany edge banding, made from offcuts from a crown molding job. (Note: That part wasn’t so “quick”.) After drilling a few drainage holes, and a “quick” fill and sand, it was ready for paint.

The inside of the box has two “quick” coats of a sealant, followed by two “quick” coats of exterior house paint on the whole thing. It should last a while.

Overall it’s roughly 30” x 30” x 18”. The planter box is ~6 1/2” deep.

Lumber? $0
Paint? $1.60 (I bought a “mis-tinted” quart of an acceptable color at a local paint store.)
Time? ~6 hrs. (over the course of 3 days)
Happy wife? Priceless!

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 12:53 PM

That is a great looking quick project. Those are some of my favorite types of projects. The happy wife is a good thing. Its nice to be able to provide and occasional reminder as to why we spend money on tools and time in the shop.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 12:54 PM

Nice, does the job and hardly cost anything, plus makes the wife happy, and if she’s not happy no one is happy. I need to make a few of these myself, thanks for posting.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 02:24 PM

Oh, that is the secret to happy wife.

Like, it would have taken me a month to get around to it and a month or two to make.
Well done. I don’t come close to having that much wood laying around waiting to be used. I would have gone out and bought cedar, cypress, or similar… a few hundred dollars later and I would still be working on a plan.

It is a very nice plant stand. Women in general tend to like those.

Hmmm, taking a close look for a potential project, I might have put a V in the legs to make it a bit easier to level if on rough service… ? But, don’t know if that would make a much of a difference.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 07:51 PM

Thanks for the comments! It isn’t necessarily “fine woodworking”, but not all woodworking is. The main reason I posted it was to encourage people who are just getting started. With the exception of the edge banding, this could easily be made with nothing more than a circular saw, a router, a straight edge, and a few clamps. Simple and functional.

And yes, a happy wife is ALWAYS good thing! ;~)

dustyal – Okay. Ya got me. I have a couple of confessions to make: 1) Re: ”...(over the course of 3 days)...”—they weren’t consecutive days. 2) Re: ”...I might have put a V in the legs…”. My original model had an elliptical arch cut into the bottom of the sides for ‘feet’, as you suggested. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to bend up the edge banding for that. If it becomes a problem, I’ll put some small (replaceable) feet under the corners.

I won’t claim that this is THE secret to a happy wife, but it’s one of ‘em. ;~)

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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