Building a planter box can be a good weekend project. Photo Credit: bucklava
Building a planter box is an excellent and popular way to have some woodworking fun and add some style to your deck, patio, walkway, or even your home’s interior. Planters are like miniature gardens, usually containing shrubs or flowers that improve the aesthetic quality of a given space and create low-impact, green boundaries. Boxes range from the wide and long to those small enough to attach to the outside of a window.
Actually building the box is one of the easier do-it-yourself projects out there, even for DIY novices. It will require some woodworking tools (hand tools, circular saw, etc.) and some attention to detail. As for material, wood is by far the most popular and the most recommended. It is relatively easy to work with and customize and has a natural and undeniable elegance that can be finished to accommodate any taste.
In truth, there are probably hundreds of different ways to build a planter box, all stemming from the basic box frame and improvising from there. Cedar planks, plywood, fir, pine, redwood; all these woods and more are possibilities. There are a plethora of planter box plans available online (examples below) which anyone can follow directly or improvise on. Yet regardless of how you build your planter box, there are some considerations that are universal.
Some free online planter box plans and/or tutorials:
HowToMakeStuff.com - Simple plans using cedar planks, picket fence pegs and nails. Requires no power tools, complete with accompanying video.
Lowes.com - Learn to build a window box planter with these step-by-step instructions from Lowes. Plans are slightly challenging, with some bevel cuts to be made with a circular or table saw. Otherwise a very simple design.
BuildEazy.com - Links to free online plans for several different types of planter boxes, from a bucket planter to a garden wheelbarrow or wishing well planter. Plans are detailed and easy to follow.
Woodworking.About.com - About.com's version takes on the larger, longer, plywood planter box complete with trim and built-in PVC drain. A good example of how to build with plywood, plastic, and drainage involved.
DIY Network - Not very visual plans, but very simple and accurate -- a decent base to build your own plans from.
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