cedar fence picket planter boxes

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Project by kirbi69 posted 06-04-2014 01:45 AM 60983 views 26 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

just some fairly simple cedar fence picket planter boxes ive been making. i build a couple jigs to both cut the wood to the correct dimensions, and another one to assemble the boxes themselves. each side is identicle and they just overlap on one corner, all 1 inch 18 gauge brad nailed together.

i gave away several as motherdays gifts, and sold about 8 more to friends and neighbors. cost about $10 each to make and about an hour of time, i even have 3 for myself that ive got plants and veggies growing in around the house!

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#1 posted 06-04-2014 02:00 AM

good looking planter boxes. That cedar should last a good long time, too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-04-2014 02:04 AM


yeah i didnt spray them with any kind of sealer, i hope they last for a while. i think the 18 gauge galveniszed brad nails will rust out first.

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#3 posted 06-04-2014 02:18 AM

Very nice Kirbi, but where were you 2 weeks ago….I just dropped $50 X2 for oak barrel
halves. :(

-- Mark

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#4 posted 06-04-2014 02:22 AM

haha sorry yeah i was selling these for $30 a pop. i thought about maybe advertising these on ebay, but i don’t think its worth the hassle. maybe at the local farmers market.

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#5 posted 06-04-2014 03:24 AM

I just love seeing Country Woodwork make a come back. I remember in the 70’s I made several of the planters…but I like your design much better. And yes, I think Farmers Markets would be a better place to sell them. You don’t want to mess with the shipping of them from Internet sales.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 06-05-2014 01:18 AM


I will be “borrowing” the design.

What are the angles and dimensions? To facilitate my—design borrow? Please and Thank You.

I do wonder though; where are the drain holes?

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 06-05-2014 06:02 AM

theres no drain holes, the cedar shrinks over time and lets it run out through the cracks, but can also swell back up to keep the dirt in.

the dimensions are 16” tall, 20”wide at the top, and 13 1/2” wide at the base.

i basicaly start by ripping two 5/8×5 1/2 inch x 6 foot fence pickets in half, for the side horizontal “strap” peices.

then i cut a bunch of 16” long 5 1/2 inch wide pickets.

then i slice some pickets in half diagonaly at a 12.5 degree or so angle, useing a little board screwed to my cross cut sled.

when cut in half diagonaly each half is identical to each other.

once everything is cut to 16” and diagonal i go back and recut all the dog ears into them on the miter saw.

then its just a matter of putting them together, and then cutting the bottoms. of course i have patterns and jigs built to make cutting and assembling them really fast and easy.

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#8 posted 06-06-2014 04:12 PM

how much did you sell them for if they were 10 to make?

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#9 posted 06-06-2014 04:28 PM

I like your design. Thanks for sharing and providing us with dimensions as well.

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#10 posted 06-06-2014 08:23 PM

i sold some for $40 and some for $30. i also gave 3 away as gifts.

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#11 posted 08-09-2017 02:36 AM

New to LJ… where do I find your plans?

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#12 posted 09-07-2017 04:42 PM

Great design. I like them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 09-25-2019 02:48 AM

I haven’t seen these since I was a teenager. Thank you for bringing them back. 18 Gauge is too small as you were thinking I would use staples or 16 gauge minimum. My Grandfather painted his on the outside and lined them with a plastic sheet on the inside to preserve the wood. With a liner you can use any kind of finish. don’t forget to make some weeping holes in the plastic!

-- Steve

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