from MAGAZINE AVersatile Planter As I finished building a new deck (see the Showcase Deck Plan in PlansNOW’s Outdoor Plans), I wanted to add more color and personality, and soften the yard-to-deck transition. A matching planter was just what I needed. A planter stationed near the steps proved to be a great solution. Built from the same materials as the deck, the planter will stand up to years of weather, and the design was the per- fect way to use up short cutoffs left- over from the deck construction. The first planter turned out so well I ended up buying additional ipe (the tropical hardwood used on the deck) to build a few more, three of which support sitting benches on the raised tier deck. SLAT-WRAPPED FRAMES Even though the planter is built from weather-resistant lumber — cedar, ipe, and pressure-treated pine — I wanted to keep the soil con- tained and away from direct expo- sure with the wood. By designing #8×x 1%/8" screws 1 Exterior glue and screws hold each frame together. Be sure to check each assembly for square. plans NOW page 1 © August Home Publishing Co. PLANTER CONSTRUCTION VIEW MATERIALS LIST OVERALL SIZE: 213/ "H x 221/ "W x 221/ "L 4 4 4 PLANTER BOX: A (4) Frame Sides 3/4" x 31/2" x 163/4" Plastic tub planter (18"W x 18"D x 14"H) B (4) Frame Ends 3/4" x 31/2" x 151/4" C (2) Floorboards 3/4" x 51/2" x 163/4" D (20)Slats 3/4" x 31/2" x 17" LEGS: E (4) Wide Legs 3/4" x 3" x 21" F (4) Narrow Legs 3/4" x 21/4" x 21" Cap J G (4) Splines 3/4" x 1/4" x 21" Leg assembly y Frame side A BANDING: Frame end B H (4) Lower 3/4" x 5" x 141/4" S Slats D Spline G Upper banding I I (4) Upper 3/4" x 3" x 141/4" CAP: J (4) Sides/Ends 3/4" x 31/2" x 221/4" Frame side A Floorboard C Wide leg E Frame end B Lower banding H Narrow leg F the planter around an 18" square VIEW). Starting with two pressure- Next, add two floorboards to the top plastic tub I found at a local home- treated frames (that give the planter edge of the lower frame (FIG. 2). center (Countryside Patio Planter by its shape), you add a layer of ipe slats, After cutting the slats to length, I Novelty Mfg., 1-800-442-7336), the and wrap that layer with cedar legs realized it would be easier to apply wood stays clean and dry. This also and banding. Screws hold the various the oil finish to them before they makes it easy to replace the old layers together. were installed. Once the oil dried, I plantings and potting soil at the start Building the pressure-treated secured four slats to the two frames, of each growing season. frames is the place to start on this centering these slats on the frame Construction is simple — you project. Cut the frame pieces to size sides (FIG. 3).Then I used 1/8"-thick build the planter from the inside out and screw them together, making spacers to position a slat on either (PLANTER CONSTRUCTION sure to check for square (FIG. 1). side of each centered slat (FIG. 4). Attach center slats 2 3 to box frame. 4 Screw the floorboards to the lower Mark centers on four slats and on the Use 1/8"-thick spacers to position slats frame to provide support for the plas- frames. Align each slat on the frames, to either side of each center slat. Drill tic tub and stiffen the lower frame. drill pilot holes and drive the screws. pilot holes and install #8×11/4" screws. plans NOW page 2 © August Home Publishing Co. CORNER DETAIL (STEP 1) (TOP VIEW) Trim this slat flush Spline with frames. Leg assembly 5 6 NOTE: Two opposing sides of the planter Cut a spline groove !/4" groove, Rout a 1/4" #/8" deep get five full-width (31/2") slats, the out- into the edge of the (STEP 2) roundover on the side slats on the other two sides must narrow leg piece. Cut a three exposed edges of be trimmed flush with the frames. groove in the face of the other piece. each leg as well the bottom ends. The outermost slats overlap at Cut your leg material to size, bearing an outside project I used cedar. Rip the corners (CORNER DETAIL). I in mind that like the outside ipe slats, splines to size, then glue and clamp used full-width outside slats on two one leg of each pair is narrower each leg assembly together. Once opposing faces of the planter. With (CORNER DETAIL).This is done so the glue dries, roundover the out- the spacing I used they extend about the assembled pairs of legs appear side edges and the bottom end of 5/ " beyond the frame corners. The symmetrical. each leg assembly (FIG. 6). Stain the 8 outside slats on the adjacent faces To ease alignment and avoid shift- leg assemblies before fastening them have to be ripped to fit inside these. ing during the glue-up, I added a to the planter. Don’t worry about any small gaps at spline to each leg assembly. Cut Installing the legs is easier with the the corners. They’ll get covered by grooves for the splines using a 1/4" planter upside down (FIG. 7). This the leg assemblies. dado blade, and set the fence to cen- keeps the top end of the legs flush ter the blade on the thickness of your with the top edge of the slats while ADD THE LEGS stock (FIG. 5, STEP 1). First rip you drive the screws. Adding legs to the planter accom- grooves in one edge of the narrower Now you can measure the dis- plishes a couple of things. First, it legs, then, without changing your saw tance between the legs on each side raises the planter off the deck so setup, cut a groove in the inside face and cut the cedar for the upper and water doesn’t get trapped under- of the wider legs (FIG. 5, STEP 2). lower banding pieces. Here again, I neath. Second, the legs add muscle, For most furniture projects, I use recommend staining the pieces echoing the look of the deck posts. hardboard splines, but since this is before the installation. PLANTER ELEVATION (SIDE VIEW) (TOP VIEW) 3!/2" 3" 3%/8" #/4" 1" 1" 14!/8" 21" 1" 5" 1&/8" 3" 14!/4" 3" plans NOW page 3 © August Home Publishing Co. Mark cap piece WHAT YOU’LL NEED to length. LUMBER (FOR ONE PLANTER) (2) 8-ft. pressure-treated 1x4’s (1) 4-ft. pressure-treated 1x6 (5) 8-ft. ipe 1x4’s (1) 8-ft. cedar 1x6 (2) 10-ft. cedar 1x4’s HARDWARE (FOR ONE PLANTER) (24) #6×x 15/8" deck screws 7 8 (26) #8 x×15/8" deck screws (24) #10 x×2" washerhead deck screws Turn the planter upside down to posi- Miter one end of a cap piece, position (80) #8 x×11/4" deck screws tion the legs, then drive in the screws. it on the planter to mark its length, (1) 18" x 18" x 14" plastic tub planter You’ll also want to drive screws then miter the other end. Clamp it to (1) Quart of clear oil finish through the upper frame into each leg. the planter to fit the next cap piece. (1) Quart of colored stain Like I did with the deck railing, I Start by mitering one end of any deck (BENCH CONSTRUCTION chose to make the banding fasteners cap piece, then position it on the VIEW). A simple box frame made of a design element on the planter. I planter to mark the miter for the 2x4 cedar rests on cleats fastened to sprayed the same dark red paint on other end (FIG. 8). With both ends the planters and its length can vary to the RSS screws from GRK (see the mitered, clamp this piece in posi- fit your situation. (The corner planter PLANTER ELEVATION). At 2" long, tion, cut and fit the next mitered supports an end of each bench — see these screws secure the cedar banding piece to the first one, and so on, inset photo on front cover.) to both the ipe slats and the pressure- working your way around the top. A pair of retainers made from 1x4 treated pine frames. Pilot holes are Before attaching the cap pieces, ipe keeps the bench ends tied to the required in the ipe and pine. apply the oil finish and let it dry. planters. The ipe seat planks are When you drill the countersunk secured with another deck project FRAME THE TOP pilot holes for the screws, position leftover — extra DeckMaster brack- Capping the project is a mitered the holes so the screws go into the ets. Screw the brackets to the frame, frame of ipe. For most projects I upper frame and upper banding. then drive screws from below to hold take pains to get the miters to fit the planking (BENCH ELEVATION). perfectly, but months in the sun and ADD AN OPTIONAL BENCH Filled with flowers, the planters rain will undo that kind of effort As I mentioned earlier, I built a few add color to the already handsome here. So shooting for reasonably more planters and used them to sup- deck and invite you to take a seat, tight joints is good enough. port a pair of benches on the tier relax, and enjoy the view. BENCH MATERIALS LIST BENCH CONSTRUCTION VIEW OVERALL SIZE: 41/4"H x 191/4"W A (2) Rails* 11/2" x 31/2" *Length depends on distance between planters. Outer plank C B (3) Stretchers 11/2" x 31/2" x 151/4" C (2) Outer Planks* 3/4" x 41/8" D (3) Inner Planks* 3/4" x 31/2" Inner plank D E (2) Cleats 11/2" x 31/2" x 181/4" F (4) Retainers 3/4" x 31/2" x 31/2" DeckMaster Rail A Bracket BENCH ELEVATION (TOP VIEW) !/2" overhang Stretcher B Deckmaster 15!/4" bracket !/8" gap 3!/2" Retainer F 4!/8" Cleat E plans NOW page 4 © August Home Publishing Co. www.PlansNOW.com Thank you! Thanks for trying this free plan from PlansNOW.com. We hope you enjoy the plan and we invite you to browse the other 100+ plans we offer online at www.PlansNOW.com. WHY GIVE AWAY FREE PLANS? WE’RE COMMITTED TO YOUR SUCCESS You may wonder how we can give these great plans It’s not only easy to get the plans, we also make it away completely free. And we wondered too, until easy for you to build the projects! If you run into we realized that it’s the perfect way to get you to problems building this or any of our plans, call 800- try out our plans. 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