Assembling the planter

Test-fit all the pieces together, making sure the splines fit snugly in their grooves and the bottom fits into its dadoes. Use a chisel to fine-tune any ill-fitting joints. Spread glue in the spline grooves, then fit the staves around the bottom, slipping the splines in place as you go (above, left). Push the splines down until their ends are flush with the bottom piece. Once all the pieces are in place, secure the assembly with two lengths of surgical tubing, bicycle inner tube, or band clamps wrapped around the staves—one near the top and one near the bottom. Also install two bar clamps at each end of the planter on opposite sides of the staves (above, right). Trim the splines flush with the top end of the staves using a flush-cutting saw.

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