How to make a Versailles Planter – a modern take on the traditional, P1 #046

How to make a Versailles Planter – a modern take on the traditional, P1 #046

Hi everyone. I’ve been making some planters in the workshop this week, and these are a modern take on the traditional Versailles Planter, simply made from plywood and redwood, with off-the-shelf parts and simple tools; a router and a chop saw are useful, but not essential. Enjoy!

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Used in this video:-

Plug and cutter set – (US: and

Maestri electric nailer – (US:

V grooving bit – (US:

Ryobi Air Strike stapler – (US:

Bradawl – (US:

Dowel screws – (US:

Wooden balls – (US:

Wood hardener – (US:

Spax 3.5mm x 30mm – (US:

Spax 6mm x 80mm – (US:

Woodworking stuff used in previous videos:-

Blum hinges – (US:

Hinge drilling guide –

Self-centering drill bit – (US:

Hultafors Talmeter tape measure – (US:

Spur twinslot shelves – (US [closetmaid]:

Roundover bit – (US:

Hinge boring bit – (US:

Heavy duty groover –

Arbor for above –

Panel raising bit –

Japanese folding pocket saw –

Spax MDF screws – (US:

Spax screws – (US:

Tongue-tite screws – (US:

Lost-tite screws – (US:

Bahco 6” combi square – (US:

Maestri ME606 electric stapler – (US:

Ryobi Air Strike stapler – (US:

Festool Domino – (US:

Festool Domino assortment – (US:

Festool Domino 5 x 30mm – (US:

Festool TS55 Tracksaw – (US:

Festool Kapex 120 – (US:

Festool lever clamp – (US:

Axminster trade clamp –

Braided hose sleeve – (US:

Quick drying filler – (US:

2-pack resin filler – (US[bondo]

Workwear (seriously, somebody asked!)

TuffStuff Extreme 700 trousers –

Scruffs Drezna trousers – (US:

Karrimor Supa 4 (not safety wear) –

Dewalt Apprentice safety boot – (US:

Photo/video gear

Seriously, gear doesn’t matter

But if you like me, you quite *like* gear and you’re curious about what I use, then here’s the list:-.

Main camera Panasonic Lumix G80 – (US – G85:

Second camera Panasonic FZ200 – (US:

‘Walk-around’ camera Panasonix TZ55 – (US:

Rode Videomic Pro – (US:

Rode SmartLav+ – (US:

Backup mic K&F concept –

Audio recorder Tascam DR 05 – (US:

Gorillapod – (US:

Ball-head – (US:

QR plates – (US:

Smartphone mount – (US:

Magic arm – (US:


  1. Monkey Brown on November 1, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Top video as ever. keep up the good work. Are you aware of ASMR? Your subscribers would go through the roof if you mentioned it in your titles! I’m already looking forward to part 2.

  2. MrLovblad on November 1, 2021 at 10:46 am

    I do feel that a slot for the plywood to sit in would have made the build a lot easier both to assemble and make. It does need a router jig or router table but since you already made one for the decorations in the plywood then why not make one for the two by twos 🙂

    I always find it scary to tilt the miter saw(of course I don’t have a kapex but still). I prefer to rotate it if possible. If the chamfer is thicker than the blade then you should be able to still use a stop block.

    Good as always. I liked the tip of how to make perpendicular holes free hand.

  3. Craig Baynham-Evans on November 1, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Great vid thank you Peter. Also what is the small mains electric pin nailer you are using fella ?

  4. Gareth Dirlam on November 1, 2021 at 10:57 am

    You are handy with a jig.. I really like this one and also your jig from the trellis table build. Thanks for sharing.

  5. c r on November 1, 2021 at 10:57 am

    History and wood work bloomin brilliant, nicely presented. If you could include motorbikes and sausage rolls I would need no other channel.

  6. Kevin Robertson on November 1, 2021 at 10:59 am

    hi Peter yet again another great video. I am having problems following the link for the cut list.

  7. Tom W on November 1, 2021 at 10:59 am

    "quickly, easily and cheaply"…needs a full woodwork studio and big tools.

  8. SP Bygga on November 1, 2021 at 10:59 am

    The French certainly know how to do planters. I have done the grooving of ply many times to mimic lining boards. Works well. Nice video.

  9. S Scheuri on November 1, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Great video and glad you were not hurt on that chamfer. For the 12 mm x 12 mm pieces on the back of the panels, is there a reason to not use the leftover 12mm plywood for that?

  10. Simon Hopkins on November 1, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Ha ha, have been waiting in anticipation all week to see what you are going up with, love these planters can’t wait to make a couple and sit them proudly outside my from door.

  11. justcruisin109 on November 1, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Nice design Peter – thanks. I learn a lot from watching your approach to various tasks. Cheers

  12. Phil Smith on November 1, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Another great project!!

  13. Stuart Lloyd on November 1, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Just came across you from your new bandsaw video and for me just about to start my new business adventure working with wood. It’s been a big learning boost watching your videos top marks from me. 🙂

  14. Sagi Shimonovitz on November 1, 2021 at 11:06 am

    From a gardner point, these are not meeting the objective of the original design. Fruit trees in pots need some maintenance below ground at the roots or the tree will decline after a couple of years. For that you need to be able to remove the panels and access the roots. Another consideration is heavy sand mix ( close to 100lbs for sqft) that the structure should be able to handle as the pot is moved around.

  15. Tim Moran on November 1, 2021 at 11:08 am

    As ever your simple approach makes a complicated design look easy – I know having just completed similar with a lot more joinery. Will follow your ideas in future.
    By the way, your raised panel doors with floating tenons (earlier video) are featuring throughout my house now!

  16. Alex Morley on November 1, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Hi Peter

    Would you be willing to do a video on the Pinner/stapler. Thoughts, whether you think it’s worth the value etc.

  17. Peter Greenfield on November 1, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Hello Peter 🙂 I’m going to make a couple of these for my folks. Any reason why you chose Tetrion Wood Hardener over Ron Seal for example? Not something I’ve used before so any advice wood be greatly appreciated…

  18. Faustustopheles on November 1, 2021 at 11:21 am

    I appreciate the simple jig for the router. I get confused easily about how to use my router when it isn’t on my router table. I end up just leaving it there but I feel like I’m missing out.

  19. Adrian Millington on November 1, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Would there be a time you’d opt for a different glue when making outdoor pieces?

  20. Alexandre Bessy on November 1, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Genius of the Versailles planters: the sides are removable to change dirt and trim the roots without removing the tree from the pot. Reason why some of those threes are more than an hundred years old…

  21. yewgoigo on November 1, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Another very watchable video Peter…looks like you use an electric pin nailer, the one I have always leaves the nail head proud !!
    …can you say what model you use?


  22. Barry Killick on November 1, 2021 at 11:31 am

    What is that electrical nailer you use?

  23. Kernel Enchte on November 1, 2021 at 11:32 am

    one of the best channel

  24. Maggie Atanassova on November 1, 2021 at 11:39 am

    What is the Farrow and Ball colour that you are using?

  25. Alex Young on November 1, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Brilliant jig for the grooving!

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