Making the Sides

The four planter sides are all constructed identically. Although they look very professional, raised-panel sides are not difficult to do. Just take your time and make sure that all of the pieces have the correct dimensions. Each side consists of a beveled panel that is fitted into an outer frame.

  1. Cut one 8-5/8-inch-square panel (A) from 1x12 pine.
  2. Set your saw blade to cut 15 degrees off vertical, and make a 2-inch-long bevel on all four edges of the panel (A). The remaining thickness of the cut edge of the panel should be 1 / 8 inch. A diagram of the resulting cut is shown in Figure 1.
  3. Rip a total of 4-plus linear feet of 1 x 4 pine to a width of 2 inches. (You need a little more than 4 feet to allow for the material lost with each saw cut.)
  4. Cut four frame pieces (B) from the ripped 1x4 pine, each 12 inches long.
  5. Setting each frame piece (B)

on its 2-inch face, miter both ends at a 45-degree angle.

6. The panel (A) floats in dadoes that are cut into the inside edges of all four frame pieces. Cut a dado 1/4 inch wide and 3/8 inch deep into the shorter edge of each frame piece (B). See Figure 2. (For some assistance in cutting dadoes, refer to the "Tips and Techniques" section.)

Figure 1

Figure 1

  1. The side should first be assembled without glue or nails, to make certain that all of the pieces fit perfectly. First place the panel (A) and four side frames (B) on a level surface. Then, referring to Figure 2, fit the panel (A) into the dadoes in the frame pieces (B).
  2. When you are satisfied that all of the pieces fit correctly, glue and plamp the frame together and let it sit for a few hours. Do not glue the panel (A) in the dadoes—it should float there.
  3. Repeat steps 2 through 8 three more times to make the remaining planter sides.
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