DIY Planter with Hidden Hose Storage

 

Steps

  1. Set your miter saw to 5 degrees and begin cutting your cedar pieces. You will need the following pieces (each measurement is taken from the two longest edges of the cut):
    (4) 18″ Long Planks
    (4) 17″ Long Planks
    (4) 16″ Long Planks
    (4) 15″ Long Planks
  2. Next, set your miter saw to 0 degrees and cut the following pressure treated pieces:
    (4) 13″ Tall Supports
    (2) 16 ½” Wide Shelf Supports (you can cut more if you need the extra support)
    (2) 4″ Tall Door Supports
    Circular saw
  3. Create two full faces by adding the four 13″ support pieces to the ends of the boards with decking screws. Make sure the 2 x 2’s are installed at the very edge of the boards (you’ll be attaching other boards to them later).
    Side pieces
  4. Begin adding the side pieces to one full face of the planter by attaching them to the 2 x 2 boards with decking screws.
    Full face boards
  5. Flip your piece over so that the side is lying flat on your workspace and then add your next full face to the side with your screws.
  6. Next, add your front pieces (but not all of them)! Just screw the top two pieces to your planter and keep the bottom two pieces open (these will be assembled later).
  7. Add your shelf pieces to the inside of your planter. This is where your potted plant will sit. The depth of the shelf will depend on how tall your potted plant is.
  8. Once your shelf pieces have been added, create your faux panel by attaching 2 x 2’s to the back with screws.
  9. Next, sand the piece down.
  10. Now comes the fun part! Use the Bernzomatic TS4000 torch with the propane fuel cylinder to begin torching your piece. Gently apply the heat to the cedar and move the torch side-to-side to create a charred effect.
    Burning wood
  11. After torching the wood, use a brush to wipe away the charring and expose the gorgeous wood grain!
    Brush
  12. This step is optional, but you can continue steps 10 through 11 until you are happy with the grain.
  13. Once the piece has been torched, use a forstner bit to drill a hole in the back of the planter for the hose to thread through. You will have to torch this section of the planter again to keep the entire piece weatherized.
    Torching wood
  14. After torching the piece, give it an extra layer of protection with outdoor timber oil.
    Oil
  15. Next, add two magnetic cabinet latches to the inside of the front 2 x 2 supports and install the metal plate to the backside of the front panel. This will keep the panel in place when the hose is hidden!
  16. Last step is to store your hose and admire your work!

What You'll Need


TS4000
TS4000

High Heat Torch for Fast Work Times

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TX9
TX9

14.1 oz. Propane Hand Torch Cylinder

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Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • 1 ½” Forstner Bit
  • Sander
  • Thick Bristle Brush
  • Paint Brush

Materials

  • (3) 1 x 4 x 8′ Cedar Board
  • (2) 2 x 2 x 8′ Pressure Treated Board
  • 2 ½” Decking Screws
  • (2) Magnetic Cabinet Latch
  • Outdoor Timber Oil
  • Planter/Plant
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