Cedar planter box

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Project by CaptnJoe posted 08-13-2014 11:05 PM 3618 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first proper wood working project. Lots of DIY stuff around the house, but this was the first real project. I built this planter box as a gift for the mother-in-law.

Cedar 2×4 glued to form the legs.
Cedar 2×4 stretchers with dado.
Panels are 1×6 cedar decking boards left over from a deck project.

The tenons were cut on the table saw. Fairly straight forward.

The mortises were cut on the drill press, then cleaned out with a chisel. They were not accurate at all. The joints were loose. Clamps and glue.

The legs had chamfered ends, a nice decorative dado at the top.

I sized the project to fit a black plastic bin – it’s about 22”x30”x26”h.

Finish was just BLO.

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#1 posted 08-14-2014 06:24 AM

Surely beautiful for a first project. Congratulations!

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 12:04 PM

Great job! I’ve gotta do one of these.

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 10:34 PM

Very nice

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#4 posted 08-15-2014 01:00 AM

Nice design

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#5 posted 08-19-2014 07:51 PM

Looks really nice. I like it :)

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#6 posted 08-23-2014 12:43 PM

Love cedar. I plan on doing some planters for our back yard too. Nice job.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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