Cedar Planter Box

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Project by Jeff posted 06-11-2010 01:12 AM 10105 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased this plan from PlansNow and made a planter box out of Eastern Cedar for my wife’s flowers. Assembled with butt dados and screws, the panels are multiple boards that ride in a groove in the top and bottom rails. Obviously this can have some serious expansion and contraction through the seasons, watering the flowers, rainfall etc..

The inside was later lined with landscaping fabric and filled about 2/3 full of dirt. As per my post on the cedar table I built, the finish on this didn’t last. In this case I knew a film finish wouldn’t work and advocated to let it weather naturally. SWMBO wanted a shiny finish though so she got one (for about a year and then it peeled and got mildew under it). Structurally it is still sound so I’m not worried and it is small enough that I could sand it down if I get around to it.

-- Jeff

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 01:14 AM

Good looking planter box there Jeff


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#2 posted 06-11-2010 02:19 AM

Jeff awesome job on the box, looks fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 03:08 AM

Nice planter.

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 03:41 AM

This looks good to me.

I’ll have to remember this as I’d like to build something similar. We are tearing down an old cedar fence because some of it blew over. It’s at least 35-years old, according to one of the neighbors. At any rate, I’d like to reuse some of the pickets and was thinking about making something similar to this. I will not be applying any sort of finish.

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-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 11:56 AM

Nice Planter!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 12:21 PM

is that thing full depth? I normally put a false bottom about 2/3’s up. This way it dont cost so much to fill, But this all depends on the plants going into it. For flowers ts ok as depth isnt as important, But Veggies is a different story.

Great job on the build, And I”m sure you’ll get the finish right. Have you considered deck finish?

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 02:12 PM

Thank you for the comments. The bottom is actually in line with the bottom rail. I think the design was intended for fair size plants or vegetables although there are just a few flowers in it for now. You’re right though, a false bottom would mean less weight (i.e. strain on the structure) and cheaper too!

-- Jeff

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#8 posted 08-18-2011 01:51 AM

Beautiful planter. Great job.

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