Step 2: Cut the molding for the sides of the forms

Cut the molding to make a concrete planter as a this old house weekend remodel project
Photo: Kolin Smith
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To frame the four inset panels, you'll need 16 pieces of molding in two lengths. On a miter saw, rough-cut the pieces ½ inch too long. Adjust the blade to 45 degrees and make the right-hand miter cut, as shown, to all the pieces. Mark the pieces for the left-hand cut, adjust the blade to the opposite 45-degree angle, and cut them to length.

TOH Tip: Although you can vary the planter's size according to your needs, the finished walls should be at least 1½ inches thick for adequate strength.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw with dust-collection
      circular saw
    • Rafter Square
      rafter square
    • straight edge
      straightedge
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      pneumatic nailer
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun
    • bar clamps
      clamps
    • mixing tub
      large plastic container
    • flat blade shovel
      shovel
    • mason's trowel
      masonry trowel
    • mason's chisel and maul
      hammer and chisel

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch plywood Get one 4-by-8-foot sheet.

    ¼-inch fiberboard Get one 4-by-4-foot sheet.

    ¾-inch cove molding

    Get two 8-footers.

    1-inch-diameter dowel

    18-gauge 1¼-inch pneumatic nails

    2-inch drywall screws

    1¼-inch drywall screws

    wood glue

    latex caulk

    duct tape

    vegetable oil

    sand

    Quikrete Countertop Mix