Planter Box

This planter box is simple and fun to build. Featuring simple joinery reinforced with waterproof glue, exterior grade screws and galvanized finish nails, this planter can be built in a few hours and will provide years of attractive use.

The plan can easily be modified to build a bigger box for housing several plants or customized to fit a specific space. Looks great on the deck or in the yard and is the perfect size for growing a single tomato plant or a few small patches of herbs.

You can even bring it indoors during colder months and enjoy fresh-grown herbs or vegetables year round. (Place it on a plastic tray or boot mat to catch any water that may drip down through the weep holes.)

The simplicity of this plan means you can build a set of two, three or more planter boxes in a day or weekend. You can use them as enclosures for potted plants or grow any other type of flower, vegetable, fruit or herb you like.

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COST:

TIME: 5 Hrs

SKILL:

Planter Box

Materials

  • (2) 1 x 4 x 12' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 2 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine (to be cut in half for legs)
  • (3) 1 x 8 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • One lb. 1 ½" exterior-grade wood screws
  • Waterproof exterior wood glue
  • 1 ½" galvanized finish nails

Cut List

  • A: (4) 1 x 8 x 18"
  • B: (4) 1 x 8 x 22 ½"
  • C: (4) 1 ½ x 1 ½ x 24"
  • D: (2) 1 x 2 x 18"
  • E: (3) 1 x 8 x 18" (2 notched, 1 ripped)
  • F: (8) 1 x 4 x 15 ½"
  • G: (2) 1 x 4 x 25 ½"
  • H: (2) 1 x 4 x 19 ½"

Tools

  • Miter saw (or circular saw)
  • Table saw
  • Jig saw (or hand saw)
  • Drill/driver
  • Hammer
  • Nail set