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Make the hanger blocks. The legs and the I side panels are held together with hanger blocks. These are not only easier to make than the traditional mortise-and-tcnon joints, but they give you the option of making this project into a knock-down planter, one that you can store away during the winter.

To make the hanger blocks, first drill Vis" holes through the center of the face of each block. Then make four bevel cuts across the ends of each block, all at 45." (S£e Figure 3 ) To make these cuts, set your table saw to cut at 45,° and position the rip fence so that you can use it as a guide. Start cutting by making one side of a Vgroovc near the ends of all four blocks Make a pass, then flip each block end-for-end, and make another. Readjust the position of the fence and cut the other sides of the grooves in all the blocks. ( See Figure 4.)

After you've cut the grooves, cut a narrow bevel and a wide bevel across each end. This will complete the shape of the hanger blocks. (See Figures 5 and 6.) Once again, use the rip fence as a guide, and flip the blocks end-for-end so that you make identical cuts in each end.

Important notes The rip fence must be positioned very accurately for these last two cuts. If the fence is too close to the blade on either cut. you'll shorten the block on the sccond-to-last pass. The last pass of the last cut will be off. making the block asymmetrical

3 To make the hanger blocks, you 'll have to make four bevel cuts in each end of each block. Make the cuts in the order shown, and use the np fence to guide aH the cuts

3 To make the hanger blocks, you 'll have to make four bevel cuts in each end of each block. Make the cuts in the order shown, and use the np fence to guide aH the cuts

5 After cutting the V-grooves, make the narrow bevel cuts on the ends of the blocks.

4/First, make two cuts at 45° to form V-grooves near the ends of the blocks.

6 /Finish the blocks by cutting the wide bevels The hp fence must be positioned very accurately when you make these last two miter cuts. You want a double miter on each end ot each block, but you donl want to shorten the blocks when you make those cuts

Cut the hanger grooves in the side each panel. 2 7/w" in from each edge. Before cutting the panels. With a dado cutter or a router, make grooves, double-check the positions of the nails. As men-

two %"-widc, V-dccp grooves on the inside faces of tioned before, you don't want to hit a nail with the cutter.

Assemble the legs, side panels, and > hanger blocks. Carefully measure and mark the locations of the hanger bolts, as shown in the working drawings. Drill pilot holes for these bolts in the inside corners of the legs. To drill these holes at the proper angle (diagonally, at 45° from the two "inside" faces of the legs), tilt the worktablc of your drill press or make a cradle to hold the legs. (Sec Figure 7.)

Turn the lag end of the bolts into the legs. The easiest way to install a hanger bolt, if you've never done it before, is to put a nut onto the threaded part of the shaft, and use this nut to turn the bolt into the leg. After the bolt is installed, remove the nut.

Now comes time to make a decision: Do you want this project to Ik.* a knock down planter, or do you want to assemble it permanently? If you want to assemble it permanently, screw the hanger blocks in place in the grooves in the side panels. If not, just place them in the grooves. The tension from the hanger bolts, after you attach the legs, will hold the blocks in place.

TKf Thl3 Assembling the legs, side panels, and hanger bolts without screwing the blocks in place is a task that will try the patience of a saint. If you don't have six extra hands, tack the blocks in place with finishing nails, then remove the nails after you attach the legs.

When the hanger blocks arc properly positioned, install the legs with the hanger bolts through the holes in the hanger blocks. Put a fiat washer and a nut on each bolt, and tighten the nuts. (See Figure 8.)

7/Drill pilot holes tor the hanger bolts diagonally into the inside corners ot the legs.

7 A ttach the bottom to the planter. Screw the ledgers to the inside surfaces of two opposing side panels, where shown in the working drawings. Lay

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