Cedar Raised Planter

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Project by wunderaa posted 08-03-2012 10:30 PM 9819 views 10 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had the sudden urge to start a little herb garden on our patio, so I went about building a raised planter. I searched Google images for raised planters and found a picture of one I liked and came up with what you see. Ended up being somewhat complicated for outdoor application with mortise and tenon, half lap and mitered half lap joints. We’ll see how the cedar holds up. I may crank out a couple more since this was pretty cheap and quick to produce.

Added a watering timer and soaker hose to it, so we don’t have to worry as much about watering.

Dimensions: about 30”H x 27”D x 50”W
Material: Big Box Store Cedar
Finish: None
Plans: None. Just went off of a picture, although there are some plans available on the ‘net.

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#1 posted 08-04-2012 12:02 AM

beautiful planter!



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#2 posted 08-04-2012 12:38 AM

Very nicely done. Kitchen gardening without having to bend over. Doing the joinery right, like you’ve done, will pay off. The weight of all that soil demands strength.

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#3 posted 08-04-2012 02:05 PM

Very nice. How do you do the bottom of a planter like this?

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#4 posted 08-04-2012 05:01 PM

I routed dadoes in the rails to accept planks. The gaps allow the soil to breathe and drain as needed.

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#5 posted 08-04-2012 11:52 PM

Very interesting project, thanks :)

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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