Cedar planter by newbie

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This cedar planter is “inspired by” a widely distributed plan by Real Cedar (the Western Red Cedar Trade Association. The plan includes a skp file, simple and clear directions even a newbie (i.e., me) can follow.
The legs here are red cedar, screwed-and-glued into L shaped corners. The sideboards are cedar tongue and groove flooring. I did not put a finish on. My wife decided to go with the natural aging of the cedar, and avoid periodic refinishing.

When I brought it home from the community woodshop my wife’s first (and 2nd, 3rd and 4th) comment was “its so big”. There may be times you want to hear your wife say that…this was not one of them. I followed the plans: a 24” by 24” square box with 36” tall with legs. I may make another one much smaller little sister; maybe 12” wide.

The best suggestion in the plan was to put a shelf inside the planter. Unless you are planning to put a tree in it, you really don’t need 36” of soil. I put a piece of 1/2” pressure treated plywood 12” down from the top. It rests on 1”x 1” x 6” braces in the middle of each side wall. A few 1’ forschner holes and some landscape fabric gives great drainage. The plants my wife put in it are still in the grower pots. There are 2 boston ferns and a palm tree. Small potted palms are sold inexpensively here in Maryland as annuals: into the compost pile at first frost, get another one in the spring.

-- "Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after." {often mis-quoted as by H.D. Thoreau}

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#1 posted 05-09-2017 08:51 PM

Great work, I like the contrasting colours. This has given me idea for a planter I need to build. Thanks for sharing it :)

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