As soon as I had made the structure that will hold the wooden planter on top of the treated wood post, I could start designing the wooden planter around that structure. The garden hose holder will be screwed to this wood planter. I didn’t bother to make a previous design in paper (something typical in me, and it wasn’t going to be less when making a wood planter box), so I made a couple of mistakes during the making and the final result is not as good as I would like.
To make the wood planter I use the two boards I made in the first part, one for the front and one for the back.
I just draw and cut a curve at the top making sure that the front board (to witch I will screw the garden hose holder), that goes lower than the back board, will hide the plastic planter. And with some leftover board from other projects I had in the workshop, I make the sides of the box shape of this planter. Here the width of the wood strips structure already gives the final width of the wooden planter.
As you can see, I put a plastic planter inside. And it is that wooden planters rot quickly if the wood is in contact with the ground needed to grow the plants.
After gluing and screwing the strips structure to the front board, I put another wood strip in the bottom of the board. It helps to keep the distance between that front board and the post so that the front board will be vertical, parallel to the post. The bottom edge of the back board of the wooden planter is flush with the lower edge the strips structure. In principle, the only thing left to do was to cut, glue and screw the side covers of the wooden planter.
When I cut the curves of the boards I thought it was a good idea to cut the bottom corners, as decoration. But when I assembled the whole planter it turned out that those cuts exposed the wood strips on the back, so I glued the corners of the back board back in place. It also turned out that the curve of the front did not fit in any way with the curves of the sides of the planter, so I had to do some work with the rasp to disguise the bad design.
As soon as I applied a protective stain for wood to the planter, attached it to the top of the post in the garden, and screwed the garden hose holder to it, I thought it looked like a pretty decent job. Or maybe it’s because of the flowers, which always dress up a lot. Although definitely wooden planters with flowers always look great in the garden.
Read the first part where I make the wood strips support structure.