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03-24-2010 11:38 PM

I have an inventory of five eights inch dog eared cedar that is used for fencing, no not sword fighting, that came from Home Depot. My grandsons first grade teacher asked me to make an planter box measuring 4’X4’ by about twelve inches deep, and with legs it will set about two foot tall. So my plan is to edge glue, with tightbond, two pieces together to make the depth of the box and support the joints length wise with two inch strips on both sides of the joint glued and screwed. So my delima is, will the cedar hold together? I have never worked with it before but know it is an oily rot resistant wood. All knowledge and concerns will be highly appriciated. Thanks


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#1 posted 03-24-2010 11:54 PM

I am in the middle of just such a project. This is NOT my first cedar planter build either, but this IS my first free standing cedar planter… I.E. the existing planters were basically border boxes with no bottoms with direct soil contact. There are 2 of them, and they are still around 10 + years after we built them. (in a friend’s yard in Houston).

Use Titebond III glue to hold up to the nearly constant moisture exposure and you should be fine.

FWIW. The existing planters are glued / nailed together with small finish nails. The current build is glued / pinned with 23ga pins. I personally think your screws are kind of overdoing it a little bit…

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