Modern Cedar Planters

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:


The result:


Cedar Raised Bed

This was a fun, quick to build project. It was originally intended for our son to learn wholesome lessons in gardening, but I made it too big, so I gave it to my sister-in-law.


The legs are actually fir I had leftover, and the rest is cedar.


And you can never have too many clamps: