Not Just Any Box - A Planter Box

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 01-11-2008 05:09 PM 3433 views 2 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Plan
Adapted from a 1943 plan for a Fern Planter Box, I used the pattern for the scroll work.

The Sides
I blogged about cutting the sides out on the scroll saw in a blog posted a while ago. (see blog) . The wood is some re-purposed lacquered maple, left over from projects at Rick’s place of work. (We think it is maple).

The Corners
The corners were the challenge for me. Using walnut, my other supply of wood in the shop, I cut the four legs and then created grooves to hold the side pieces. It was a challenge to not only cut them (I used my mitre saw and router plane) but to make them even for all four sides.

The Bottom
The bottom is another piece of the lacqured maple, set in the box as a shelf.

The Top
For the top, I debated whether I should add a lid. I already had the “tongues” from the tongue and groove wood and I could create a sliding lid. But, since it is a planter box the lid would not be a functional addition so I decided to leave it as is.

Length: 11”
Depth: 5”
Height: 4”

Next step
Buy some little pots and plant some ferns in them and display them proudly in my new box.

Awards Results: (For my future reference)
Pretty darned pleased with the box and the Awards results.
Score: 16 points
(1 vote for first; (someone must have been drunk and hit the wrong button hahaha) 2 votes each for 3rd and 4th and one vote for fifth.) That is pretty darned cool. I am so proud.
Came in 23rd of 50 entries (that’s in the top half.. again that is awesome)
And for the “Top Overall” Award, it was 38th of 62. Dang that is sweet.

thank you to everyone who checked out my entry and who voted for it. What a wondeful honour.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 01-11-2008 05:50 PM

Nice! What are the dimensions?

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#2 posted 01-11-2008 05:52 PM

I’ll add the dimensions to the description above.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-11-2008 05:59 PM

Debbie, Mrs YS and I like that a lot. That scroll sawing must have taken for ever with all those tiny holes to drill. Nice contrast of timbers whether maple or not! You’re right, a lid wouldn’t really be useful.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#4 posted 01-11-2008 06:02 PM

Very nice Debbie! Very nice indeed!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 01-11-2008 06:03 PM

The scrolling really didn’t take that long. I have my Dremel drill press sitting beside my scrollsaw, so it’s quick to put the holes in and the blade that I was using (gosh, I’ve gotten so much use of this one blade I wish I knew what it was! ha.).. anyway,, flipping the latch and passing the blade in and out of the holes was fast and painless.. I really did get in a rhythm that felt good.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-11-2008 06:03 PM

thanks YS, Mrs YS and TC :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 01-11-2008 06:08 PM

Really nice MsDebbie! I particularly like your scrollsaw work on this one.

What color are you going to paint the legs? <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 01-11-2008 06:10 PM

I mean… “what do you mean “paint”? Paint walnut? You must be crazy… You NEVER EVER EVER paint walnut!!” Right Chip?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 01-11-2008 06:26 PM

Go get him Debbie! Nice planter too!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 01-11-2008 06:30 PM

OK Debbie I’m just fabbbberblasted. What a wonderful box. I think the design is top knotch. That is in the running for best box!

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#11 posted 01-11-2008 06:42 PM

Looking good there. Debbie. The scrolling is delightful, amd the contrast between walnut and maple is always a hit.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#12 posted 01-11-2008 06:45 PM

aw Dennis, you are too kind. :)

Thanks everyone for your wonderful words of encouragement

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 01-11-2008 06:52 PM

A very attractive box. A good re-purposing of wood and the tongues add a nice visual. The scroll work is exquisite and I don’t think Dennis is off at all saying putting your box among the best. Very nice work. Also a nice cross-over for GardenTenders.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#14 posted 01-11-2008 06:57 PM

Deb, that is really beautiful, I love the fret work. What a great design. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 01-11-2008 06:59 PM

thanks :)

and I never thought about GT. huh!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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