Modern Cedar Planters

I built a set of modern-looking planters for the front of our house – something a little different from a rectangular box:

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I built three of them, and in three different sizes for visual interest:

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I was inspired by the simple construction of these tapered cedar planters combined with the appearance of these expensive mahogany ones. I began by creating a jig that would allow me to hold the posts of the planter in place while I laid the cedar strips across:

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This ensured that each side was identical, and that each planter was at the same angle even at different heights. I laid each cedar strip (ripped into about 1.5″ strips from inexpensive cedar fence boards from Home Depot) with a spacer between each, and then cut off the ends by hand:

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I had some help gluing and nailing the strips in place:

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Then I trimmed off the angled ends of the posts:

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And finished with a coat of spar polyurethane:

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The result:

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