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A Lightweight, Easy-To-Move Planter For Your Deck Or Patio
 
Made to hold 10-inch or 12-inch clay pots, this planter lets you remove your plants for easy re-location or switch from plant-to-plant without digging or making a mess !

Step 2: Making top and bottom frames. Start by crosscutting the 2 x 4’s into eight pieces for the top frame (X) and the bottom frame (Y). The lengths of the four “B” boards (two for the top frame X and two for the bottom frame Y -- See Frame Sides Detail) are determined by adding 3-1/2-inches to the outside diameter of the pot’s mouth). The lengths of the four “A” boards (two for the top frame X and two for the bottom frame Y -- See Frame Sides Detail) are determined by adding 1-1/2-inches to the outside diameter of the pot’s mouth.
 
Next, use a router or table saw to cut the rabbets into the ends of the (A & B) pieces as shown by the Corner Detail drawing. The depths of your cuts should be equal to your board’s actual thickness minus 1-inch (See Frame Sides Detail).

Step 3: Cutting the sides, top support and cover. If you’re making a planter for a 10-inch pot, rip your 1 x 4’s (side pieces - C) to a width of 3-5/16-inches.  If you’re using a 12” pot, rip your 1 x 6’s (side pieces - C) to a width of 3-3/4”.  These ripped boards will be used to make the planter sides (C) and pot support (D).
 
To make the sides (C), crosscut your ripped boards into 16 identical pieces that are equal to the overall height of your pot plus 4-3/4-inches. For the pot support (D), cut two pieces that are equal to the outside diameter of the pot’s mouth plus 3-1/2-inches.

To make the pot-holder top, cross-cut two 1 x 10 pieces to a length that’s equal to the outside diameter of your pot’s mouth plus 3-1/2-inches. Now, find the centerpoint of each piece at its very edge (See Top Cut-Out Detail). This centerpoint will mark the outer edge of your semi-circle. To calculate the radius of the semi-circle you’ll be cutting, subtract 1-inch from the outside diameter of your pot’s mouth and divide that figure by two.  Draw a semi-circle of that radius on each of your two top pieces and use your bandsaw, scroll saw or sabre saw to cut out the centers of each board.

Once you’ve cut out the centers, cut off the two open edges of each board so its width is one-half its height (See Top Cut-Out Detail)

Top Cut Detail Overall Assembly

 

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