Pair of Ipe Outdoor Deck Planters

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Project by FuzzyDove posted 595 days ago 2151 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made these out of standard 5+1/4” x 3/4” decking ipe to last a lifetime on our back porch. They are joined entirely with mortise and tenons (96 tenons per box!) with no screws. These boxes are VERY hefty and pretty much bombproof. The finish is an ipe-specific oil called “Clip Oil” (expensive but probably worth it since regular finishes are not well absorbed by ipe). The last few pictures are prior to applying the finish. The dimensions are roughly 24” cubes. I’ll line the bottom insides with weed mat before filling with potting soil. Now I just have to wait for Spring for my wife to plant something special in them.

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#1 posted 595 days ago

Wow those are nice and great material ,I bet those guys a very heavy.

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#2 posted 595 days ago

awesome planters,very impressive with all mortise and tenon.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 595 days ago

Looking good. I need to make something like those.

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Terry Ferguson

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#4 posted 595 days ago

Looks like hardwork and perserverance has paid off. These look great and I especially like the color of the stained wood.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#5 posted 594 days ago

Beautiful planter boxes.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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jim C

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#6 posted 594 days ago

what’s your source for the Ipe?


-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#7 posted 594 days ago

jim c,
the ipe was given to me by a family member who hired a builder to build a deck out of it. So, I do not know the source, however, it did have a tag on it that says “Real Ipe” and “”. Hope that helps.

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#8 posted 594 days ago

Really beautiful planters, can’t wait to see the flowers in full bloom during Spring. Surely will look very special.


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