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Wall Planter and Shelves
Here is the orginal article from the
January - February 1957 Deltagram

Here is an additional piece styled in pine to match the other pine items featured in past issues. The planter serves both as a small display shelf for curios, odds, and ends and container for 3-1/2 inch diameter potted plants. A metal liner could be used in stead and the plants set directly in it.
The entire project is made of 1/2 inch thick knotty pine. By brading the sides together thru the waste portions they can be scroll sawed or band sawed in one operation. (Photo #3). Before cutting these out, make the dado grooves on the circular saw to take the shelves, (see Fig. #1 and Photo #2). A 1/8 x 1/8 inch blind groove is cut on each end of the base piece to receive the tongue of the sides.

(Photo #1)
To make the chamfer in the bottom piece, set your jointer fence at 45 degree and depth of cut to 2 inches, (Photo #4).
Finish with an application of light or dark oak penetrating oil stain. When dry, apply two or more coats of thinned orange shellac. sanding with 4-0 garnet paper between coats. Use rubbed effect varnish for the final coat.

(Photo #2)
Blind grooves in the bottom piece are made on the on using the dodo head. Note hand screw fastened to fence on stop

(Photo #4)
Chamfering is easily accomplished on the jointer with the fence fitted in to 45o and depth of cut see to 1/8 inch.

(Photo #3)
With both sides nailed together, they can be cut or the same time on either the scroll or band saw
Bill of Materials
No. of Pieces Name Size
2 Sides 1/2 x 5-1/4 x 18-1/8
1 Back (Top) 1/2 x 4 x 12-1/4
1 Front & Back (Bottom) 1/2 x 3-3/4 x 12-1/4
1 Front Trim (Top) 1/2 x 1-1/4 x 12-1/4
2 Shelves 1/2 x 3-1/2 x 12-1/4
1 Bottom 1/2 x 5-1/2 x 12-1/4
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*********** WARNING***********
Read my page on safety before building this item.