Tree Planter Boxes #2: Design 90% complete - let's make some sawdust

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Blog entry by Chauffeur posted 06-20-2020 07:00 PM 458 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Preliminary Design Phase - need some ideas Part 2 of Tree Planter Boxes series Part 3: Build update/delays »

Here’s the 90% drawing. The structural portions will be a modified mortise and tenon. The panels remain subject to change. We are leaning towards a narrow bead board look similar to what we did on our outdoor kitchen. They will be installed in a dado cut into the legs and rails (like a cabinet door). The bottom rail has been modified to add some character. Might be adding some dark stained square pegs at the joints similar to what is found on Green and Green furniture.

Thanks to John Smith (see prior entry), the transport issues might be resolved. Our dusty motorcycle lift may have a new purpose in life. It will require building a couple adapters to address the lip at the garage entry and the size of the lift surface. The slope of the driveway may be a challenge.

Scored some 4/4 rustic white oak for $2.32 a board foot. A little bit of work cutting around the knots, but for transportable heavy outdoor projects of this nature, it is perfect. After too many days of cutting and gluing, we dry assembled the structural components last night.

If you look closely, you’ll see that we’ve temporarily elevated the right side legs to compensate for the slope of the driveway. I intentionally built the legs extra long knowing that I would eventually be cutting them to size and angle. I want the top of the rails of the planters to match. When cut, I expect the final heights will be six inches lower.

Here’s a closer look at the joinery. It is quite robust. I’m debating whether I really need to add the stock to complete the open side of the mortise. I’m considering just gluing and screwing the joints from the inside. Regardless, I will be adding stock to the lower sections of the legs (for aesthetic purposes).

It does not happen often, but I once again underestimated the amount of material needed. I gotta go get some more next week. I’m on hold til then. That might be a good thing. It’s stupid hot outside and in the garage…

-- Dave, Texas

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