Greene & Greene inspired planter

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Project by Chris McDowell posted 07-12-2014 02:50 PM 3119 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years before I really started woodworking I built this planter with some scrap construction site wood and some scrap deck planks from an abandoned house. I build it with only hammer and nails. Needless to say, it is falling apart.

I just build a privacy fence for our backyard and had a few pickets and 2×4’s leftover so I decided to make a new one with that wood since it is treated and would be better for outside.

I decided to try to mimic some Greene & Greene finger joints for the top part. I used bridle joints for the bottom and made them to be slightly proud as well. I was going to try to stain some wood ebony color and make some plugs, but decided against it. Maybe in the next version. I stained the base ebony since I wasn’t going to have any ebony plugs and I wanted to incorporate the ebony color somehow. The top is finished with medium walnut colored danish oil. I finished the whole thing with a couple of coats of wipe-on poly.

The only problem I had that I would change next time is to plane the pickets down so that they are all uniform in thickness. Some of them are 5/8”, some a tad more, and some a tad less, so it was a little difficult lining everything up. Not everything matched up just right.

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 03:44 PM

Excellent idea!Looks nice too.

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 04:03 PM

I like it. What kind of joinery did you use this time?

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#3 posted 07-12-2014 04:12 PM

I just used some pocket holes and glue to hold the top together. And joined the top to the base with pocket holes.

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#4 posted 07-12-2014 04:13 PM

I like the look, thanks for sharing. Not being perfectly flat even, adds something favorable to me.

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 12:04 PM

I like the look also. Came out nice

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