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This is a cute planter that will hold four 3 1/2 inch pots when mounted on the wall.  It has lots of pieces, but isn’t hard to put together.  You will need the following parts:

(5) 1/2” X 1 1/2” X 18” boards

(3) 1/2” X 1 1/2” X 10” boards

(2) 1./2” X 4 1/2” X 10 1/2” boards

(1) 1/2” X 5 “ X 7 1/2” board

(2) 1/2” x 1” X 5 “ boards

You will also need 3/4” brads and #6 by 3/4 “ woodscrews.

Take your two 4 1/2” X 10 1/2” boards out.  Find the center of each board.  Move left 2 3/4 “ and mark the spot.  Move right of the center 2 3/4 : and mark that spot also.  Draw a circle with a diameter of 3” at each spot, using the marks as the center of your circles.

Cut those circles out on both boards.

Next, take the 5” X 7 1/2” board out.  Go up three inches on each edge and mark that spot.  Draw a line from the center top of the board to those marks.

Next, cut along the slanted lines to form the top of the gable on the birdhouse.

Take each of the 1/2 X 1 X 5” boards and cut a bevel at 25 degrees on one end.  These are the roof boards for the birdhouse.

Now you are ready to assemble the planter.  Place the five 18: long pieces in a row, with 3/4 :” between each one.  Take the first 1/2” X 1 1/2: X 10” piece and place it across the long pieces.  It should be 1 1/2” from the bottom.  Nail it in place with the brads.  Take the second 10 inch piece and place it so the top of it is 5” below the top of the 18 inch boards.  Nail it on.  Finally, nail the third 10” piece 1 1/2 “ below the top of the 18” pieces.

Now take the boards with holes in them and screw them to the 18” pieces from behind.  The first one sits on the lower cross board, while the second sits on the middle crossboard.

Next, screw the gable onto the 18 inch pieces with its bottom resting on the highest crosspiece.

Now nail the roof pieces on the top of the gable to create the roof.  Then drill a one inch hole in the gable for the birdhouse.

Now your planter is finished.  Mount it on the wall and fill it with 3 1/2 inch pots.

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