Outdoor Planter Boxes

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Project by ArtB posted 07-24-2013 04:14 PM 22905 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I finish two Cedar wood planter boxes. They are twenty four inches square ( height, width,and deep) with a shelf that is seven inches from the top. I used pocket hole joints but used coated deck screws with exterior wood glue. I made it for my daughter, she showed me something in a garden center and ask if i could do better and cheaper. The answer was yes on both accounts. I think I did pretty good job too.

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 04:45 PM

ArtB – Yes, you did a enough good job for me to steal your idea. Well done.

-- Barry

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 04:51 PM

I agree, very nice. I really the proportions of the square design.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 11:20 AM

Nice planter boxes…you did a great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 03:39 PM

Excellent work! I really like the dimensions and your center walls in vertical cedar rather than something like MDO plywood. I made a couple of projects similarly this summer. My miters started out perfect just like yours but at the summer progressed, the cedar shrinks about 10% and now I have gaps. I have seen Norm use biscuits in some of his miter joints for extra bonding. However if the joints are glued up, the wood might split if you don’t let it move. But I am going to try it when I build me next set of boxes.

Beautiful Job.

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#5 posted 07-26-2013 06:31 PM

Are your corner posts solid wood or screwed L’s of 2×6’s?

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#6 posted 07-26-2013 06:53 PM

Very nice. Unfortunately I too think the mitered gaps will open up very soon…...darn cedar….not much you can do about it. I don’t think biscuts are the answer. Perhaps a half-lap and pray it doesn’t split.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 07-26-2013 07:02 PM

They look great and sturdy. I’m sure they will last long and daughter like them. Well done!

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#8 posted 07-27-2013 04:22 AM

First thank you for your positive response. SawdustAndAnIPA the top is made from 5/4×6 cedar decking planks, with 45 degree miters reinforced with 3 pocket hole slots with coarse screw and exterior glue. I know end grain and glue don’t match / work well, but what the h—- can’t hurt. The top is just nailed on w/16d gal.nails. A pass project ( like a wish well) it work pretty good, meaning the joint held, we will see here.
Asloanie the corners are 4×4x8’ cedar fence post, looks soooooooo much better that way.
Ohwoodeye I hope you are wrong, but in a couple or less years it does open, I will pop the nails holding the top down and reset the mitered joints. The beauty of screws and nails.

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#9 posted 07-28-2013 11:43 AM

Excellent design and execution, after seeing them, planning on building those !

-- JCWoodworks

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