Planters for the Potager

I was so excited how my prototype planter from salvaged wood turned out I went right out to Lowes and bought enough cedar for two 2/3 size planters.

My prototype planter.
My prototype planter.

They are my attempt at la caisse à oranger versailles (Versailles planter boxes).

Versailles' planter boxes were originally designed to hold orange trees.
Versailles’ planter boxes were originally designed to hold orange trees.

These are a bit smaller and use the following buy list and cut list for 2 planters.

  • 1 – 1 x 3 x 12 foot pine or cedar (or an 8-foot and 4-foot pieces)
  • 4 – 2 x 2 x 42 inch deck balusters
  • 4 – 1 x 4 x 8 foot cedar boards
  • 2- 1 x 2 x 8 foot cedar furring strip
  • 2-1/4 inch pocket screws

Cut list for one planter:

  • Cut 4- 14 inch pieces from the deck balusters
  • Cut 12 – 11 inch pieces from the 1 by 4 cedar boards
  • Cut 8 – 11 inch pieces from the 1 by 2 cedar furring strips
  • Wait to cut the 1 by 3 cedar boards until the unit is put together
Cut to length cedar boards.
Cut to length cedar boards.

First build the sides by attaching 3 cedar boards to furring strips top and bottom.  If you’re using pocket screws put a pocket hole at each side of the furring strips and make sure they are on the top and bottom of each side.

Screw or nail wide boards to the 1 by 2 furring strips to form a square.
Screw or nail wide boards to the 1 by 2 furring strips to form a square.

Attach the legs (deck balusters) with pocket screws.

Screw the sides into the legs allowing 3 inches at the bottom.
Screw the sides into the legs allowing 3 inches at the bottom.

When all four sides are attached the box is very sturdy.

Almost finished
Almost finished

Add a small wooden cleat  at the bottom of opposite sides on the inside of the planter to hold the bottom support.

Screw cleats on opposite sides inside to support the bottom of the planter.
Screw cleats on opposite sides inside to support the bottom of the planter.

Cut a piece of plywood (or scrap wood) to fit on the cleats and become a removable bottom in the planter.

Inside the planters with the bottoms inserted.
Inside the planters with the bottoms inserted.

Determine the size of the top trim by laying a piece of 1 by 3 pine on the top of the planter.

Size the pieces for the top frame after the planter is built.
Size the pieces for the top frame after the planter is built.

Cut 4 pieces with miters at each end to form a frame.

Nail the frame together temporarily so you can place the entire thing on the top of the planter.
Nail the frame together temporarily so you can place the entire thing on the top of the planter.

Screw the frame to the planter.

Ready for finishing.
Ready for finishing.

Prime the planters or stain them or let them weather naturally.

I primed the outside with exterior primer and gave the inside a light spray of green spray paint.
I primed the outside with exterior primer and gave the inside a light spray of green spray paint.

I painted the planters with Bunker Hill Green to match the windows and tool cabinet already in the garden.

My Versailles planters
My Versailles planters

Then I dropped the newly trimmed boxwood pots into the planters.

The proportion is perfect.
The proportion is perfect.

The planters are placed in the entrance to the potager.

The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

Yippee!

The inspirational Versailles planter and my planter.
The inspirational Versailles planter and my planter.

Finished.

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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