I have been asked to make a wood planter out of cedar. The plans call for using the legs as styles, a top and bottom rail are connected to the legs (stiles) using pocket screws. The 1-in. cedar boards are used as panels. To see an example, go to: (Amazon.com product link shortened)
Here are my questions: 1. Are pocket screws a good choice to use on outdoor projects? They will attach the rails to the legs (stiles), the top frame to the box, and are used inside to create a bottom. M & T joints are better I'm sure, but take longer. Comments?
2. Is it wise to use rail & stile outdoors since moisture will collect in the bottom rail with no good way to get rid of it? I suppose weep holes could be drilled in the bottom rails, but I really doubt the effectiveness of that, not to mention the time. Comments?
Another cedar planter design that may not have the moisture/rotting problem is at: https://www.hardwarestore.com/127287/susquehanna-garden-concepts-square-cedar-planter-14-1-2x14-1-2-sp17861 However, it was not the choice...