Adding the Trim

  1. Cut two short trim pieces (E) from 1x4 rough cedar, each 12-1/2 inches long.
  2. Cut two long trim pieces (F) from 1x4 rough cedar, each 51 inches long.
  3. Attach the short trim pieces (E) flush with the top of the planter side sections, overlapping the ends of the front and back sections, as shown in Figure 3. Use exterior glue and 2-1/2-inch-long screws, inserting at least two screws into each vertical (A).
  4. Again using exterior glue and at least two 2-1/2-inch-long screws for each vertical (A), attach the long trim pieces (F) flush with the top of the planter front and back sections. Overlap the ends of the short trim pieces (E) as shown in Figure 3.
  5. The final step adds a mitered frame to cover all of the exposed edges of the planter top. Cut two long frame pieces (G) from 1x4 rough cedar, each 51 inches long.
  6. Cut two short frame pieces (H) from 1x4 rough cedar, each 14 inches long.
  7. Setting each piece on its face, miter both ends of each of the frame pieces (G and H) at a 45-degree angle. The outer edges of the frame should just cover the previously attached trim pieces (E and F).
  8. Attach the four frame pieces

(G and H) to the top of the planter using exterior wood glue and 8-penny galvanized finishing nails spaced about 6 inches apart.

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