Isn't is so cute!?! I think I need to make another one...
A few months ago I made a new bench for my front porch. The neighbor down the road gave me some cedar wood that he didn't want and I made the seat of the bench with it. (I still haven't posted it yet)
I set the seat boards at an angle and so I cut the ends of the boards at a 45 degree angle, which left me with a lot of scrap triangles.
The triangles got me thinking, and I have been aching to make a new planter. So I grabbed two of the long planks and started experimenting with the scrap triangles. I came up with the above...and I was liking it, so I set to work.
The cedar wood I used was 5 ½'' wide and 1'' thick. I cut the two back boards at 23 ¼'' (top left). Then after getting the width of both boards together (top right) I cut my three front planter boards at that length, 11''.
My triangles were not all exactly equal, but they were all pretty close to 7 ½'' on the long side. Three of those put on top of each other made 22 ½'' which is why I cut the back boards at 23 ¼'' to give about ¾'' left at the bottom for the front board to cover.
In order to connect the back two boards I drilled pocket holes with my Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig. With 1'' thick wood I made sure to set the depth collar correctly (top left), as well as my kreg jig, then I drilled my pocket holes (top right).
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
I used wood glue and 1 ½'' pocket hole screws to attach the boards together. I love using my Kreg Clamp Trak Kit to help hold my wood in place while I drill. 🙂
With the back boards attached I was ready to add the triangles. I used wood glue on the long sides (7 ½") of the triangles and set the points flush with the top of the back boards. Then I nailed them into the back piece with one 1 ¼'' nail on each side going in at an angle.
In the bottom right photo you can see about ¾'' left over at the end, the bottom front board will cover that.
I added the three front boards to the triangles with wood glue and finish nails.
Then for extra strength I used Spax 2 ½'' self drilling screws to secure the boards. I made sure to go through the front piece, triangle piece into the back on the bottom. I also secured the top of each triangle piece to the back as well. These boards are thick and with water and soil I want to make sure they will hold.
I bought a Coco liner to help hold in the water, and cut a piece for the bottom of each planter (top left). Then I added some potting soil and then the plants!
Do you recognized my Potting Bench From Repurposed Shutters and Desk I made a while back? I LOVE it!
After adding some D Ring Hangers for the back, I nailed in two nails on my fence and hung it up. It looks so pretty!
It is always nice to add some color to my yard!
In fact I have been so busy I haven't had time to put flowers in my Old Drawers into Porch Planters yet! I need to get on that!
Until then these will make me smile!
Have you made a planter lately? Maybe you could try this one!
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