Texas Edition Garden Planters

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Project by Kelen posted 11-08-2011 10:42 PM 2002 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple of cedar planters I made for an online auction at work benefitting the United Way. I made them Texas inspired and sprayed them with a coat of wood protector with a honey gold tint to help highlight the grain. They ended up fetching $160 at the auction which is quite a bit more than my cost to build them fortunately.

Each vertical strip is routed with a roman ogee edge and butted up against the other, giving a nice decorative groove effect. Nothing too special about them, basic design with a little bit of added character with the state of Texas cut out and additional router detail. I know some probably appreciate a cleaner cedar grain without the knots, but personally I love the knots when placed right. Enjoy…

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#1 posted 11-08-2011 10:56 PM

Nice. I made one a couple of years ago like those, but I used rusted metal lone stars with a barbed wire ring around em… Be careful about the fire ants. They seem to like to eat Cedar…

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 02:00 AM

How well do these hold up over time with something planted in them? I have wanted to do a project like this but worry that they will rot in a few years like landscape timbers I just replaced this summer. (With a conrete block wall, zero maintenance and okay in the back yard, but maybe something more creative for the front?)

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 02:16 AM

dbhost, I can imagine yours looks very nice with the metal effect! Would love to see a photo if you’d like to share some time.

Michael, I’ve only been in the woodworking hobby for a few years so I can’t speak with great confidence about the life expectancy, but my guess is that they’ll hold up for a pretty good period of time. I use a lot of screws and glue them up as much as I can, but there’s really no defense against rotting. I’ve read that some have put in some kind of liner to extend the life as well. I guess that’s an option. The other option is that I’ve made one at one point to fit snugly around a potted plant we had, instead of planting it directly. I’m sure your concrete wall would stand the test of time though…

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 04:40 AM

They look very nice. It’s great that they fetched such a nice price for charity.

I’ve made some of these before and they can last a very long time. You can make replaceable liners for them if you like which will extend the life expectancy of them – but it’s an added step. The ones I made are still being used at my old house and that would make them about 7 or 8 years old – they still look good (from the road anyway).

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