A Simple Planter Box

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Blog entry by David posted 07-10-2009 06:29 PM 33225 reads 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes its just plain fun to do a quick and satisfying project. This is a great weekend project made with some scrap and extra material sitting around the shop . . . a great way to answer the “time to clean shop” request from my wife!

Comparison of Planter box (left) finished with Krylon Spray Stain and Unfinished Planter Box (right)

This set of planter boxes was built with two 1×6x8 and 6 1×4x8 pieces of cedar, a half sheet of ¾ CDX exterior plywood and a half sheet of 3/8 clear cedar soffit. Assembly was simple and fast frame and panel construction using the Kreg Jig.

The Kreg Jig

Applying the finish was also simple and fast using Krylon Spray Exterior Semi-Transparent Stain which is a new product by Kryon.

Planter box (left) finished with Krylon Stain & Asphalt Emmulsion Unfinished (right) planter box

The interior of the planter boxes was waterproofed with asphalt emulsion. Since this is an outdoor project, final touches include wire screen covered drain holes and TiteBond III Exterior glue.

It was a pleasure to get a chance to try out Krylon’s newest product. A number of other Internet woodworkers had the same opportunity. You can check out their awesome reviews by the links below.

Well, this project was a sorely needed distraction. It was fun to build something quick and fast with some immediate gratification in less than a weekend. This weekend I have no excuses so its back to work on the engagement chest!.

To help inspire your own planter box, a set of SketchUp plans for a deck planter box and a window planter box are available for download.

UPDATE: The Planter Boxes delivered this weekend.

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10 comments so far

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 07-10-2009 08:35 PM

Crap – you beat me to the Krylon project. I have been hammered and have not had time to get out a non-paying project.

Nice work, I like the style.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 07-10-2009 08:49 PM

Todd -

First off, let me say I am glad you “have been hammered” . . . this is a good thing given current state of affairs! I am glad you are busy with paying projects.

This was my first chance to get this project done and do the Krylon review. Things have been crazy busy hear and I know I stepped on some time that wasn’t mine to take but I did want to get this off my plate. As I mentioned in the video, this project took care of a number of items for me and helped out some dear friends.

Thanks for the comment!



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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 01:04 AM

very well done. nicely written with with great photos. hope all is well.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 07-11-2009 01:16 AM

Nice Planter boxes David


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#5 posted 07-11-2009 06:48 AM

Excellent blog and video , David : )

Just a word to those that don’t know : The “X” in CDX plywood only refers to the Exterior GLUE that is used , not the plywood itself .The only plywood meant for soil / moisture contact is Pressure Treated, which is obviously why David chose to ”waterproof” his as best as he could.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 07-11-2009 06:10 PM

Man it’s good to hear the news from the Folding Ruler. Good to see you about David.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-12-2009 02:52 AM

Hi David;

Still kicking out nice projects and reviews, I see.

Great to see you!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 07-12-2009 10:42 PM

David: A nice project. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 07-13-2009 06:41 AM

Ty very much for sharing the planter box. I don’t think it has cost me more than 2hours of shop time so far! I got into the video, then your website and then into another site from that link. Boy you sure do know how to feed a wood junkie don’t you! I enjoyed the folding rule very much. I do appreciate all the time you’ve taken to try and share so much. This is a sincere thank you, not the tounge and cheek kind as my earlier sardonic humor may have alluded too!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 07-14-2009 12:24 AM

Thank you all for the great comments!

It is always a humbling experience to get these comments from a community that I highly respect.

The planters where delivered this weekend. Now they just need some flowers!

Ken – Thanks for the comments about The Folding Rule . . . much appreciated. I look a humor as good medicine so don’t stop sharing it!



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