How to Make 3 Different Planters. Quick and Easy Woodworking Project

Welcome to make something
with me, David Picciuto. We love to buy and kill
houseplants here at Picciuto farm. So today we are going to make three
different planters stand styles. Today's video is brought to you by
Rockler and today we're going to be highlighting their small
parts, tapering jig. We've got three different planter
designs. I've made two of each, each one has four legs.
That's 24 legs in total, all 24 legs have tapers on them. And we were able to quickly and easily
batch these out.

Without further ado, let's get started with design one. I'm going to start off
with this piece of Walnut. These planters don't take much wood. So this is a great project to batch
out either for yourself or for Etsy or for gifts. And we're going to do nearly
everything over here on the table saw. So this Walnut that I have
has the sapwood right here, and I think I'm going to use that for
the little cross beams on this planner.

As a contrasting piece, it's going
to get covered up by the plant, but I'll know it's there and
I'll know that it's cool. So now I'm going to take these two cross
pieces and do a half lap joint here in the middle. So I'm just going to set my
blade at half the height of the piece. And then… If you were doing a whole bunch of these, you'd want to set up a stop
system on your miter fence here. So you could batch them out
very quickly for my purposes. I'm just cutting right up to that line.

So now we're going to drill a hole in the
center of the ends of all these pieces here. If you don't have a drill press, Rockler has a great drill guide that
will help you drill perpendicular holes straight up and down. We've
highlighted this jig before, but I want to show you again how
cool it is. The bearings on there, just buttery smooth. And I can put my drill up here
and turn this into a drill press. I can lock that. So it stays up there. This has the optional vice here and allows you to drill
directly in the center. It's. Now we're just going to put some glue in
that half lap joint and glue these guys together, no clamps or anything,
just going to let that sit. So I went ahead and I cut all four
legs for this planner stand now, instead of having boring
parallel lines, I thought, why not make a taper on there? So I drew my two taper lines and we're
going to use this really cool small parts, tapering jig by Rockler.

The really cool thing about this
jig is once you get it together, you run it through your table saw and
you get a nice zero clearance line on there. And then you can take that, knowing that your blade is
going to kiss up against this. I can then take that line that I drew
and line it up with the edge of the board and lock down my fence. And
because it's a small parts jig, I can also clamp the piece down to
keep my hands away from the blade.

There's also this little
adjustable lip here on the back. So you can register each piece up
against that and then clamp it down. And now my hands are nowhere near the
blade and I can cut the same taper on each piece. So now I've done one
side of all the pieces. I've reset the jig to do the other side, and we'll just run them all through
again. This isn't necessary, but I'm going to put a champer
around the edges of all the legs. It really lightens up
the leg a little bit. And then it just helps amplify
the beauty of all the angles. Cause it adds another angle to that. A couple of tricks you might want to do
before chamfering everything everything first. And then chamfer that
way you don't sand away.

The chamfer later and make it a round
over. If you do get burning on there, raise up your bit, just a hair and do one more pass around
everything that should take care of the burning. I'm going to do it at the
router table. If you have a Palm router, our handheld Rotter, you can also
do that, but these small pieces, make sure you have them clamped down
in a way to keep your hands free. You gotta be safe. It's
2020. We gotta be safe. Now we're going to mark where we're
going to drill the hole to put the dowel, to attach it to the little cross beams. Now you do want to be pretty precise
with your placement of the hole. That way all the feet are in the
same height and you don't have a lot of sanding to do
so. It doesn't wobble.

And then I'm going to take an ice pick
and just put a little dimple in there. That way that drill bit goes
right where I want it to go, went ahead and cut some
dowels over on the bandsaw. So we're just going to glue and pound
these in there and then attach the legs. All that strength is going
to come from the dowel. I got lucky. I don't have any wobble
in mind. I expected a little bit. If you do, you just want to sand down the feats
or put some felt on there and that felt well do its thing.

This next one is even more simple and
it's going to go together really fast, check this out. So now we're going to cut a dado in
the middle of the long piece for the short piece to fit into. You never want to use a miter gauge
and your fence at the same time, when you're doing a cut that cuts
all the way through the wood. We're just cutting partway a
quarter inch through the wood. So this is one of those rare times
that I can use both of these. So will register up against the fence, run it through and then
flip it over the other way, run it through and keep nudging my
fence over until I get that perfect fit.

Really good fit. But before we glue this
together, why not do some more tapers, but that same tapering jig. Once again, I routed just the
outside edges of all the pieces. Now we're going to glue this together.
This is long grain to long grain gluing. And so this is really, really strong.
Even if you don't have a tight fit, this ain't coming apart. And I don't even think I need clamps.
I'm just gonna let that sit and dry. For this third design. Again, all
four legs are going to have a taper, but this time we're going to have two
different tapers on one side. And again, we can use the same jig. That really only took like 15 minutes to cut. So now I'm going to glue these pieces
together and I've got my combination square, one of my favorite tools, and then just use that to line them
all up perfectly. And for this school, I'm going to use wood glue, but I'm also
going to use CA glue instead of clamps, the wood glue is for strength.
And then if you use the CA glue, it dries really fast, and that can be
the clamp to hold everything together.

And I can move on to the next step.
The next thing move on with my life. And this is all long grain to long grain.
You won't be able to break this apart. The wood will break before
this joint will break. So this will be nice and
strong. And at the plant holder. How strong does it have to be? What
are you guys growing out there? So I got some wood glue on there. And then also a little bit of
CA glue CA glue dries really fast. You could hold it together for
like a minute and it'll it'll bond. You can also use this activator, which activates the CA glue even faster. I'll put that on the mating piece And we should have an instant bond. I got to operate the camera by myself
today because Dan who is supposed to be here is not because he
got a really cool gig.

He's actually filming one of the
playoff baseball games today. How freaking cool is that?
That's how good Dan is. He's operating in a broadcast
camera for ESPN today. Dan camera, Dan that's so freaking
cool. So now to glue this all together, I had this little piece right here and
I'm going to glue that to that and that, to that and that to that. And so on.
This is all long grain to long grain. So this is going to be a
really, really strong joint. I'm not worried about this
coming apart or breaking at all. All of this planters were made with
that small parts, tapering jig, and not only does it keep you safe
because it keeps your hands away from the blade. But I was able to batch out a whole bunch
of these really quick using angles in your, in your projects and your
designs breaks away from that boxy. Look that I find myself
just getting stuck into. I also use their miter gauge at the table. Saw you can get an
optional fence for that.

And it's all really high
quality stuff. I'm not, not even joking the drill guide
over here. I don't want to touch it. Cause my hands are all oily.
You don't have a drill press. This is what you want right here. So thank you Rockler for
sponsoring today's video. I think you can even get this
ODS oil at Rockefeller as well. I'm not using this oil for any particular
reason other than I liked the way it looks on walnut. And it's just really quick and
fast and easy to work with. I don't have to wait for
any kind of drying time. I just wipe it on and then
wipe it off. All right. So let's throw some plants into
these guys and see how they look. You can also make your own planters. I
got a video on this segment planner here. I made one with a lathe and
one without the lathe.

Yeah. You don't need a late to do segmented
turning when you look at that and you're like, this got 200 pieces on there.
That must be complicated? It's not. So go check out that video. Let's
get some plants in there. Yeah. I've got plans for all six
of these planters on my
website at and like all of my plans and books, I encourage you to make those things
and then sell them either online or at craft shows. If I can help you
make a little bit of extra money, that makes me feel good about what
I do and not everything has be about making money. If you just want to
batch out a whole bunch of things. So you can give them away to your
friends and family for holiday gifts. I love making these videos. Hopefully
you got something out of today's video. We'll see you in next week with a brand
new project as always be safe, have fun, stay passionate and make something..

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