For each planter you will be given the following:
- 9 slats (2.5" x .5" x 32")
- 4 rails (2.5" x 1.25" x 32")
- 2 posts (1.75" x 1.75" x 32")
- 16 screws (#10 x 3")
You will use the following tools
- Compound mitre saw
- Table saw
- Electric hand drill
Milling the slats
- Clean the ends of the slats in a batch on the compound mitre saw
- Cut 8 slats that are 11" long. Cut in batches.
- Cut 24 slats that are 7" long. Cut in batches.
Milling the rails and legs
- Clean the ends of the four rails in a batch on the compound mitre saw
- Clean the ends of the two posts on the compound mitre saw
- Cut 4 rails that are 20.25" long
- Cut 4 rails that are 10.25" long
- Cut 4 legs that are 14" long
Dadoing the rails
- Use the table saw to cut a 1/2" wide x 1/2" deep dado on the edge of each rail
- Select 2 short rails and 2 long rails and cut a 1/2" x 1/2" deep dado on the bottom of the face of each piece
Assembling the sides
- Assemble the rails and 7" slats together by placing the slats into the dadoes. Use tape to temporarily hold the sides together.
- Starting with the 2 long sides, drill one pilot hole through the legs and into each rail. Secure the rails to the legs with #10 wood screws. Make sure that the dado for the bottom slats is facing down and inward!
- Clamp one of the completed long side standing in the bench vise. About 1.25" of the leg should be sticking out of the vise. Butt the short end on the workbench against the long side. Drill one pilot hole for each of the rails and secure with #10 screws.
- Clamp the other completed long side in the bench vise. Butt the previous assembly against the clamped side. Drill one pilot holes for each of the rails and screw.
- Remove the tape from the assembly. Fill the dadoes in the bottom of the planter with 8 long slats.
- Use a bar clamp to clamp the remaining short side in place. Drill pilot holes and fasten with screws.
- Help others complete their work on time.
- Chamfer the edges of the tops of the legs with a block plane