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Project by Retsof posted 758 days ago 3776 views 22 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these planter boxes from plans in Woodsmith Magazine’s Outdoor Furniture book. I like the way they turned out and apparently, so do my friends and neighbors who kept stopping by my garage to see my progress.

I have already been hired buy one neighbor to build a toy box in the same style.

This project was also great practice making mortise and tenon joints. The three-piece legs required a lot of dado cutting, but simplified the mortises quite a bit. The only problem that I found with the plans is that they didn’t include a cut list or shopping list for the project. I had to go over all of the drawings very carefully to make my own lists. I modified the plans a little bit to allow me to use some 11/32 bead board for the panels just because I wanted to use them up.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."





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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 758 days ago

These really are beautiful. It’s reminiscent of a style I’ve wanted for use in a blanket chest type box.

Nicely done.

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SawDustKing

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#2 posted 758 days ago

Looks awesome. Isn’t it awesome how everytime you build something everyone wants it? lol. Thanks for sharing.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker. http://sawdustking.com

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James Alberding

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#3 posted 758 days ago

Very nice! I just put together one end of a planter box I’m building out if used pallet wood. I’m hoping mine turn out fairly decent and “rustic” looking, but yours are super nice! I’m not using any advanced joinery either. Thanks for posting!

-- measure once, cut twice...

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madts

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#4 posted 757 days ago

Very nice. Do you have a liner, or is it white paint inside?

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Retsof

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#5 posted 757 days ago

The insides have two coats of Kilz Latex Primer. The outsides have two coats of primer and two coats of paint. The bottoms are just some removable slats supported by cleats, so I can replace them in the future. I was thinking that I would place plastic pots or five gallon buckets inside to hold the plants and soil. I tested them with five gallon buckets and I can fit three in each planter. I thought about lining them with landscape fabric and filling them with soil, but I like the idea of removable pots so I can move the plants around and switch them out easier.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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snewOevaD

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#6 posted 757 days ago

I don’t normally like painted wood, but these look really great.

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Richforever

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#7 posted 757 days ago

Very, very nice! I’ve been contemplating a similar type of box to hold fireplace wood. Thanks for posting!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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kiefer

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#8 posted 757 days ago

Great looking planter and the colours are perfect .

-- Kiefer 松

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Retsof

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#9 posted 757 days ago

Martha Stewart gets credit for the colors. I just looked at her color chart in the store and picked out two from the same family. I was just looking for something other than white for this project.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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