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           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

                                                                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

                                                                Exterior glue and screws hold each
                                                                frame together. Be sure to check each
                                                                assembly for square.

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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"
                                                                                                                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"
                                                                                                                 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.

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           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
          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"




                       3"                   14!/4"                  3"

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                                                  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.

                                                 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

                        !/2" overhang
                       15!/4"       bracket
       3!/2"                                                                                            Retainer F
                                                                                                          Cleat E

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