Thursday, March 16, 2017

DIY Cedar Scrap Wood Planter

What to do with all those short wood off cuts cluttering up your scrap bin?  Make a beautiful cedar scrap wood planter of course!  If you're like me then you can never let off cuts go to waste.

diy cedar scrap wood planter

I had a huge pile of short cedar wood scraps and two potted ferns that needed a home to cover that ugly plastic pot.  So I whipped up these slatted cedar planters and plopped my ferns in place.  I think they like their new home!

diy cedar scrap wood planter

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I choose to use cabinet screws in a decorative manner but they also serve a purpose holding the long sides to the short sides.  You could opt for finish nails which would be less obvious but they don't have the holding power of screws. 

diy cedar scrap wood planter

And bonus because this is cedar wood I can move these planters outdoors when the weather is warmer!  (Link to plans for the blue sideboard here.) Scroll down for free plans to make your own cedar planters.


diy cedar scrap wood planter

I drew up plans for these cedar scrap wood planters down below with step by step instructions.  As always follow all safety precautions when using power tools and read through the entire plan first.

diy cedar scrap wood planter

The plans below are made to fit a 9" diameter pot.  Measure your plastic pot at the widest point before beginning and adjust the plans accordingly.

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Materials:                                                    

3 – 1x2x8 cedar boards                                                      1 ¼” pockethole screws
1 – 1x4x8 cedar board                                                        2” wood screws
wood glue    

Cut List:

4 – 1x2 @ 12 ½” (legs)
10 – 1x2 @ 8” (short sides)
10 – 1x2 @ 9 ½” (long sides)
2 – 1x4 @ 9 ½” (base)


diy cedar planter free plans

Step 1: Attach short sides to legs using wood glue and 1 ¼”pocket hole screws.  Keep ¾” spacing between slats (use scrap piece of 1x2 for equal spacing).

Make 2.

diy cedar planter free plans

diy cedar planter free plans

Step 2: Attach long sides to legs on short side.  Use wood glue and 2” countersunk screws.

diy cedar planter free plans

I prefer to preset my screws to ensure equal placement.

diy cedar planter free plans

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 to attach legs of other short side piece to long sides.

diy cedar planter free plans

Step 4: Attach base pieces to bottom short side pieces using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

Sand well and finish as desired.  I used clear Minwax wipe on polyurethane.

diy cedar planter free plans

I hope you enjoy these plans.  Please share if you make the planter, I love to see your finished projects.

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diy cedar planter free plans

Need a bigger planter?  How about this tall cedar fence picket planter?

diy tall cedar planter free plans

Another project using cedar is this very popular hose hiding outdoor planter:
diy hose hiding planter
Or a super quick cedar scrap wood name plaque:

diy scrap wood cedar plaque

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