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Cedar Raised Planter Box / Bed

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Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-30-2020 01:34 AM 1227 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A quick and dirty project post for my raised planter box. Made from lumberyard-bought cedar, and assembled over a period of a couple of days. Finish is three coats of polyurethane (exterior grade). I think this is the first project I’ve ever done entirely with dimension lumber purchased new. Kinda nice. And I actually guesstimated the right material quantities! Very, very little waste.

Applied tongue and groove cuts to the side boards and end boards with the Stanley No. 48. I figured that would add considerably to the strength of the long walls versus adding battens Added bevels on all leg ends and sides with the Stanley No. 72. Top frame was assembled with biscuits and glue. Three inch exterior grade screws attach it to the carcass.

Finally, added a plastic ‘gutter’ of sorts to carry the water that does run through to the back of the box. I’ll update with a pic of that later.

Delivered to my sister for veggies planting this weekend, she was very pleased, thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -





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theoldfart

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#1 posted 04-30-2020 01:44 AM

Looks just fine Smitty. My wife is asking for a few of these, may just have to plagiarize your design!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 04-30-2020 02:16 AM

The gutter.

Weed barrier, then plastic that’s perf’ed at that gutter only.

Legs are 36” long, box is 2’x4’!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#3 posted 04-30-2020 02:18 AM

Nice work Smitty. I’ll have to be sure to keep my wife from seeing it, or she’ll want some. She’s been talking about wanting some for a few years, but so far talk is all the further she gets

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#4 posted 04-30-2020 02:21 AM

Looks good, Smitty! But didn’t you need some new old tool for some part of it? ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 04-30-2020 02:33 AM

Mos, it was a rather fun build. And the t&g could be done with one of your more exotic plow planes, I’m thinking!


Looks good, Smitty! But didn’t you need some new old tool for some part of it? ;-)

- Dave Polaschek

You’d certainly think so, right?!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#6 posted 04-30-2020 03:51 AM

Very nice Smitty, exactly what my wife has been wanting for some time now.
I wish you had posted this several days earlier. I was working on a back for a new bookcase and never thought about using my #48! Dang it, that would have solved a lot of issues for me. Oh well, next time.
Congrats on a super project!

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#7 posted 04-30-2020 04:42 AM

Some of your finest work yet!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 04-30-2020 05:12 AM

I like them. Something I need to tackle.

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#9 posted 04-30-2020 12:28 PM

Wow, Smitty. Very nice work.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#10 posted 04-30-2020 12:58 PM


I was working on a back for a new bookcase and never thought about using my #48! Dang it, that would have solved a lot of issues for me. Oh well, next time.
- Pat3

Pat, that’s such a sad story!! ;-) Guess you have to make another. Glad you like the box, good to see you!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#11 posted 04-30-2020 12:59 PM

Andre, Bob, Doug – thanks, glad you like it!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#12 posted 04-30-2020 01:01 PM

This looks great, Smitty. Does the poly play nicely with the cedar? I assume cedar was chosen because it holds up to the elements well.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#13 posted 04-30-2020 01:06 PM

Thanks Brandon, good to see you!

I didn’t see anything during application that’d indicate a problem with the two. And yes, that’s exactly why I chose cedar.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#14 posted 04-30-2020 01:34 PM

Great looking Planter, Good Job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#15 posted 04-30-2020 02:57 PM

The shot of the No. 48, amongst its spillage, is sublime.

Thank you Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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