Legtoapron Assembly Detail

Sand and finish the tables. Even though V^ these tables look good with crisp, hard edges and corners, it's not a good idea to leave them too hard — especially if you have children. With a block plane or a rasp, slightly round the edges so they have a softer look and feel. Do any necessary touch-up sanding on the tables; then apply a stain or finish.







"ould you like a little extra privacy from your neighbors when you're out of doors? Some extra shade? A screen from the wind? Would you like to partition one area of your deck off from another?

This "planter/partition" can provide or do all of those things. It's a simple concept, nothing more than a box with a latticework trellis attached to it. The box holds two standard 10" clay pots. When the pots are filled with earth, they weigh the planter/partition down, and help to keep it from blowing over, 'fhc upright trellis provides privacy and shade. If you grow climbing plants in the pots, the trellis will fill up with greenery. This, in turn, will provide you with more privacy, more shade, and a more pleasant outdoor environment.

Materials List


«10 X 1 Flathead wood screws (6) 812 x 2W Flathead wood screws (4) 8d Finishing nails (V* lb.)

Materials List

Front/back planks (6) 1V«- x 4VS x 24 V

  1. Top/bottom end planks (4) 1 'V x x 11V
  2. Middle end planks (2) 1Vx1Vx
  3. Corner blocks (4) 1V«"x1V«"x12V
  4. Bottom planks (2) 1V«"x4"x22"
  5. Bottom supports |2) 1 V*» x 1 'V x 9"
  6. Trellis frame stiles (2) 1V x 1 Mr" x 96"
  7. Trellis frame rails |2) 1Vx1W"x24V
  8. Lattice Vt" x 24" x 72"


«10 X 1 Flathead wood screws (6) 812 x 2W Flathead wood screws (4) 8d Finishing nails (V* lb.)


Adjus t the design to suit your needs. As if wc designed them, these planter/partitions are 96" high. If you have a cover over your patio, you may not want them that high. To shorten them, simply reduce the length of the trellis frame stiles and the lattice.

You may want them shorter for another reason. At 96" high, the lattice catches the wind. As we'll explain later in this chapter, to keep the planters from being blown over, you need to listen them to your deck or spike them into the ground. If your area of the country is particularly windy, or if you want to use this project without having to fasten it down, then shorten the overall height to no more than 72".

Cut the parts to size. To make a single &—» planter/partition, as we show it here, you'll need three 10' lengths of "5/4 decking." ( The actual dimensions are l'/w" thick x W wide.) You'll also need three 2 x 2s, 8' long, and a 2' x 6' sheet of lattice. To make a set of three, as shown in the photograph, purchase eight 10' lengths of decking, eight 2 x 2s, 8' long, and three 2' x 6' sheets of lattice. You can find all of these sizes and materials wherever you buy treated lumber for decks and patio covers.

Cut the parts to the sizes shown in the Materials List. If you need to cut the lattice, you'll find this is an awful chore. The lattice bounces and wiggles and tends to come apart no matter what hand tool or power tool you

1/When cutting lattice, clamp two scrap boards together, one on either side of the lattice, near the cutline. This will help keep the matenal from coming apart as you cut it.

try to cut it with. To make this chore somewhat easier, clamp two scrap boards together, one on either side of the lattice, near the cutline. (See Figure l.) This will hold the stock steady as you cut it.

Cut joinery in the s tiles and rails. The

V/ lattice is held in place by a VS"-widc. HT-decp groove that runs the length of the frame stiles and rails. Using a dado cutter, make this groove in one of the faces on the 2 x 2 stock. Center the groove in the stock. (Sec Figure 2.)

While you still have your dado cutter set up, make the tenons in the raiLs. Adjust the cutter to cut Vi" deep, then cut a V-wide, tt"-deep, rabbet in the end of a rail. Ibrn the rail over and repeat the cut in the same end, but on the opposite face. The two cuts will form a tenon in the end of the board. (See Figure 3) Repeat this procedure for both ends of both rails.

Cut lap joints. V\" deep and 12%" long, in the lower ends of the stiles, removing the grooves in these areas. You can use a band saw. sabre saw. or an ordinary hand saw to cut these joints. When it comes time to fasten the trellis frame to the box. these laps fit over the planter box assembly.

2 Wrth a dado cutter, make a groove down the length of the stiles and the rails

2 Wrth a dado cutter, make a groove down the length of the stiles and the rails

3 'Use the dado cutter to make tenons on the ends of the rails. Make two passes over the cutter to form one tenon.

4 Assemble the planter box. Nail the end planks to the corner blocks to make end panels. Then nail the bottom supports to the insides of the end panels, flush with the lower edge. Complete the box by nailing the front/back planks to the end panels. There is no need to permanently attach the bottom to the box; you can just drop it in place when it's needed.

You may be wondering why the front/back planks are different widths than the end planks. This arrangement makes the box stronger. When you nail the front/back planks to the end panels, fasten the middle front/back plank so that the nails bite into all three end planks. This will help tie all the planks together.



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