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Bronze Mesh Planter
This project appeared in our July 4th, 2003 Newsletter.

Bronze Mesh Planter

At first I wasn't really wasn't very excited about the way this project looked when I was finished. I was hoping for a more dramatic look from the bronze mesh. As it turns out it's pretty cool because as the light changes the planter changes appearance. The more direct sun that shines on it the more you see the mesh the more shade there is the less you see of it. It's sort of like one of those fancy paint jobs you see on a car that are always changing color.

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Here's what you'll need:

  • (2) 8' X 1" X 6" tight know cedar
  • (2) 8' X 2" X 2" cedar
  • #6 X 1 1/4" deck screws
  • #8 X 2" deck screws
  • 12" X 5' bronze mesh
  • 3/4" Bronze brads
  • Stain
Cut the following 2" X 2"s:
(2) Base pieces 11"
(2) Base pieces 14"
(8) Frame pieces for the top and bottom 17" with a 45 degree angle on each end.
(4) Corner supports 6"

From the 1" X 6" cut:
(3) Bottoms 16" X 5 1/4"
(4) Sides 12 5/8" X 5 1/2"
(4) Sides 14" X 5 1/2"
(4) Caps 17" X 2 1/4" with a 45 degree angle on each end.

Start with the base by butt joining the four base pieces. Glue and screw them together.

Center the base onto the three bottom pieces leaving a 1/8" space between each board. This it to let the water run out.

Center and screw four 2" X 2" frame pieces to the bottom. Run the screws in from the bottom.

Build the box of the planter by screwing all the sides together using the corner supports. Run the screws from the inside.

Cut the bronze mesh 10 1/2" X 55 1/2". Make sure that the ends are perpendicular to the sides.
Fold over 1/2" on each end of the bronze mesh. This will keep it from fraying.
Staple the bronze mesh starting close to one edge. Put the staples near the top and bottom so they will be covered up by the frame later.
Pull the bronze mesh tight and crease it at each corner. Staple it the same way on every side.
The end of the bronze mesh will fold over its self. Using bronze brads, nail the end about every 1 1/2", top to bottom. Do not nail above where the 2" X 2" frame will go.
Remove the 2" X 2" frames you mounted on the bottom. Doing it this way will help make everything align better.
Set the box on top of the bottom and install the frame around it.
After the frame is in place put a few screws into the box from the inside out.
Install the frame around the top using 1 1/4" deck screws from the inside out. A good way to align this is to use a strap clamp to hold the frame in place while you screw it.
Install the cap by placing the planter upside down on top of it. Carefully align it and screw it using 1 1/4" deck screws.

That's about it! Fill it up with dirt, plant some flowers and wait for them to grow.

We hope you've enjoyed this project and have good success with it. Remember, if you ever have any problems with our projects just drop us a line and we'll try to help. Since we build every one of these projects we have a pretty good idea of how to get through them. We also make lots of mistakes so we can help avoid them.

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