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A redwood planter box

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Project by Dan Lyke posted 05-14-2007 07:53 PM 15204 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Given the spate of really nice projects I’ve seen come up here, this is kinda casting swine before pearls, but I wanted an illustration for a comment I’m making, and given that I’m working 6 days a week and long hours right now, I figure that anything that I turn out that’s remotely related to wood should be uploaded to LumberJocks.

Gotta feed the beast.

It being spring, my sweety has been swapping seedlings with coworkers, and one of the plants she’s ended up with is a morning glory. I love morning glories, but we were both concerned about it getting out of control, as such vines tend to. So we decided that even though we want it growing up on our deck fence (to cover up the nasty mesh that’s there now), and give us a little privacy from the road, we wanted it in a planter box.

Saturday evening I slapped together such a box. Do I know how to party, or what?

And, because I visited Jerry Work’s shop recently and saw one of his gorgeous cabinets that was assembled using only tight fitting joints and wax, I got excited about the idea of using no glue.

Here’s a quick and easy redwood planter box using only friction fit joints. And, because I’m also wanting to use this as an illustration of why Bill should consider alternatives to a table saw, it was made over a wool rug, in our living room, and clean-up was minimal and mostly ‘cause the combination of the guide bushing and my dovetail jig don’t do good dust collection.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 05-14-2007 08:02 PM

where’s the proof?? heheh give us pix of your setup over the wool rug ;)

No glue, huh? I like that. How is the bottom attached?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 05-14-2007 08:21 PM

Grin. Okay, I’ll have to do the “shop tour” video next time I set up the tools… My sweety will like it ‘cause it means I have to clean up!

The bottom is a bunch of cross pieces inset into two dadoes down the length of the sides, with enough room in there to allow for expansion along the length of the planter (because they will get wet). I eyeballed the inset of the dadoes, and I’m afraid it isn’t as deep as I would have liked, but it was getting late and I just wanted to be finished.

We’ll see if the whole friction fit idea pays off once we actually load it with dirt, but I think it will, with a little water those dovetails should swell up and lock that sucker together really nicely, and the direction of the dovetails means that the way they come loose would be by pushing the ends off, and that should be the direction of least force.

So if it collapses all over the back deck we’ll know we weren’t watering enough.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#3 posted 05-15-2007 03:07 AM

A dovetailed redwood planter box is not for swine. That will make a great container for some brilliant flowers. I’ve heard of a lot of ways to make sure that you are watering enough, but if it collapses all over the back deck we’ll know we weren’t watering enough was never one of them. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-16-2007 07:12 AM

But, but, but DAN! If Bill follows your link to the Jerry Work shop tour he’ll see the GASP Minimax Combination machine! And then he’ll want it! And then we’ll have hmmm. lessee, the Festool Domino … or the Minimax Combination machine…hmm…

-- John

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#5 posted 05-16-2007 03:40 PM

I’m always looking for ideas and your posting gave me two great pieces information: (1) I am looking for ideas for outdoor projects for extra cypress and (2) you directed me to Jerry Work’s website. What an incredible shop and business.

What not give glueless a try? It is always a good to try new techniques. And where better to experiment than outdoors? A couple sweeps of the broom and no one will know if the gluesless dovetails failed. I think your design will work, it sounds like rock solid physics applied.

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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#6 posted 05-16-2007 04:13 PM

John, Jerry’s got a lot more cool stuff there than just the MiniMax combination machine, I could quickly go broke with gadget lust in his shop, which leads me to…

WH, yeah, I’m not sure if Jerry’s making a profit, but he’s probably managing to pay for his wood, and he’s turning out some gorgeous work. And he’s a nice guy who’s managed to put himself in an enviable position. When we dropped in on him (we lucked out, because I also think his shop is open whenever he remembers to unlock the front door, and we hadn’t wanted to nail down our schedule on that particular road trip enough to make sure that he’d be there) he was more than happy to take us around, show us the projects he was working on (he was working on the manual for a sharpener that looks really cool while we were there), demonstrate all of the furniture he had in progress (not just that friction fit chest of drawers, but a number of other things, including the purple heart and maple burl sliding door piece and the butterfly leaf table that show in in his Domino manual), and spend quite a while talking about everything from woodworking to the physics of light (we got to talking about shop lighting versus photography versus display in the home, and he knows as much about that as I do, which is kinda surprising).

Speaking of which, even though a Domino isn’t in my budget in the next few months, I’m gonna go have to read the manual to see what other cool stuff he managed to sneak in there.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#7 posted 05-17-2007 04:35 PM

Dan, Bill made a comment in the cabinet saw survey regarding sliding table saws… it’s a slippery slope…

-- John

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#8 posted 05-18-2007 04:12 AM

Dan -

I love this project! Very cool to do dovetails on a redwood planter! Please send a photo or two with the morning glories in bloom. Also, thanks for the links to Jerry’s site and work. I got side tracked checking out his shop, writing and projects before I could return to LJ and comment on your fine work.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 05-19-2007 02:57 PM

lighting… hmmm sounds fascinating. I’d love to hear more

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 05-19-2007 05:43 PM

Don’t have time immediately, but that’d make a god article… I’ll see what I can come up with over the next few.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Bill

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#11 posted 05-19-2007 06:46 PM

A nice planter Dan. How long is that, about 6 feet? A nice touch with the dovetail ends. You should add a picture of the underneath side, before you fill it with morning glories…

I will have to check out Jerry’s shop in detail. I just glanced at it, but he does make a lot of nice stuff.

I agree with Debbie, we need to see that set up of yours, especially your saw set up.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dan Lyke

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#12 posted 05-19-2007 06:58 PM

It’s just under 4 feet long, and already filled, so, alas, I can’t show the underside, but from that overhead view you can see the cross slats, they just go into dadoes on the long sides. It occurs to me that I should probably drill some dowel holes in from the sides into the sides of the ends and drop some pins in that’d keep the ends from ever popping off.

Of course that’d destroy the “are we watering enough” functionality [giggle].

I’ll take some pictures when I have things set up. I’m working today, and tomorrow on my day off we’re going on a “green homes” tour, but I’ll find an excuse to set up at some point soon. I’m not quite sure how I want to do it, but I use an old style safety razor, and it came with a little pastic box; I’m sure I can do something nicer, and that’d make both a good evening project and a good use for some small pieces of purpleheart I’ve got.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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