I built a set of modern-looking planters for the front of our house – something a little different from a rectangular box:
I built three of them, and in three different sizes for visual interest:
I was inspired by the simple construction of these tapered cedar planters combined with the appearance of these expensive mahogany ones. I began by creating a jig that would allow me to hold the posts of the planter in place while I laid the cedar strips across:
This ensured that each side was identical, and that each planter was at the same angle even at different heights. I laid each cedar strip (ripped into about 1.5″ strips from inexpensive cedar fence boards from Home Depot) with a spacer between each, and then cut off the ends by hand:
I had some help gluing and nailing the strips in place:
Then I trimmed off the angled ends of the posts:
And finished with a coat of spar polyurethane:
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What are dimensions of your tallest cedar container. Want to flank driveway with 2 flower containers. Jim@peakfin.com.
Hi Jim, the tallest planter is 34″. The middle is 27″ and the smallest is 20″.
What are dimensions of your tallest cedar container. Want to flank driveway with 2 flower containers.
The tallest planter is 34″. The middle is 27″ and the smallest is 20″. They are each 19″ square at their tops.
Who is that extremely epic person helping you and what saw did you use for cutting off the angled ends of the posts?
That’s my son and I used a Japanese dovetail saw – dozuki – to cut the ends!