Building Planter Boxes

Project: Modern Colonial, Episode 19, Part 1



Bob starts work in the newly-constructed Craftsman workshop, meeting up with Bob Ryley to begin work on a new planter box that will reside in the sunroom underneath the enormous picture window.

In Wilmington, DE, Bob tours the historic Dominy Workshop at Winterthur, An American Country Estate founded by Henry Francis du Pont. The museum curator Greg Landry shows Bob their display of pre-industrial tools.

Back in Massachusetts Bob tours The North Bennet Street School in Boston and visits the locksmithing classroom. At the project house, Ryley is installing the Baldwin locksets on the front door.
Part 1: Building Planter Boxes
Bob Ryley is in the garage workshop building a planter box for the sunroom. Using a compass to draw intersecting circles, Ryley creates a simple pattern for the legs of the box. Next, he scores the line with a knife before cutting with a saber saw. The legs are joined to the main boards with biscuits and some wood glue.

To make the end pieces, Ryley again uses a compass to create the outline, then cuts the pattern with a saber saw. The end pieces are attached with glue and some nails. Finally, the bottom board is laid inside the box and nailed in place.

When it's complete, Bob and Ryley move it to its new home under the picture window and add some potted plants.
Part 2: The Dominy Workshop at Winterthur Garden
Part 3: Locksmithing at the North Bennet Street School
Part 4: Door Lock Installation
This project focuses on the construction of a Colonial-style home built with both history and the future in mind. While the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home will have a traditional exterior and interior detailing, the plan will suit the needs of a modern family, including easy-maintenance fireplaces, a great room, master suite, sun room, 3-car garage, and a large walk-out basement with plenty of room for recreation and indoor/outdoor living.

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