Wooden Planter Plans

Mr. HowToSpecialist June 18, 2012 Comments Off
Wooden Planter Plans

This diy step by step article is about wooden planter plans free. Building a wooden planter should be an easy project even for an amateur handyman. In addition, you need common materials, therefore you could even reuse lumber, if you want to obtain a rough appearance. In this article we show you how to build a wooden planter in just a few hours, while keeping the total costs of the projects at a decent level. As in any other woodworking project, you have to measure the lumber properly and use professional power tools to make the cuts accurately.


 

There are many design and styles you could select to build a deck planter, but you should choose the one that fits your needs and tastes. After you have selected the design, you have to decide the size of the planter, according to the flowers you are going to use inside the wooden box. Therefore, you have to know from the very beginning these aspect, otherwise you will keep adjusting the size during the woodworking project.

Choosing the right lumber for this project is essential, if you want to obtain a professional appearance. Consequently, choose lumber that looks good and is not prone to cracks or shrinkage, and it is designed for outdoor use. If you want to save money on this project, then you should buy dried pressure treated lumber that offers the best benefit to cost ratio. Make sure the boards are perfectly straight and in good condition before buying them.

In order to build a wooden planter, you need the following:

Materials:

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber 15” long; 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber 13 1/2” long FRAME
  • B – 3 pieces of 2×6 lumber 15” long FLOOR
  • C – 12 pieces of 2×6 lumber 18” long SIDE WALLS
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 19” long; 2 pieces of 2×4 20 1/2” long (cut at 45º at both ends) TOP TRIM
  • E – 3” decking screws SCREWS
  • F – 2-2 1/2” wood screws SCREWS

Tools:

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits
  • Router, 1/4” round bit – optional

Tips:

  • Smooth the edges of the wooden boards, with a router
  • Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
  • Align the components before locking them into place
  • Don’t use lumber that is likely to crack or shrink

 

Time:

  • One day

 

Wooden Planter Plans

Wooden planter plans

Wooden planter plans

 

Building a wooden planter should be a simple project for any diy enthusiast, who want to add a little color to their decks or patios. In this article we show you a step by step guide to get the job done quickly and in a professional manner.

Smart tip: Most of the materials required for this job are common to any household, therefore you could even reuse some of them, if you don’t want to buy new ones.

 

How To Build a Wooden Planter

Planter frame plans

Planter frame plans

First of all, you have to build the frame of the wooden planter, using several pieces of 2x2s. After you have cut the pieces to the right size, you have to lock them together with 3” screws. Build two identical frames, using our free plans.

Smart tip: Drill several holes before inserting the wood screws, to prevent wood from splitting. Leave at least 1/2” from all edges and try to drill the holes as symmetrical as possible.

Installing the bottom of the planter

Installing the bottom of the planter

Afterwards, you have have to build the floor of the planter from 2×6 lumber. If you will use the same dimensions  as our plans, you should cut three 2×6 pieces at 16 1/2”, using a miter saw.

Smart tip: As you can see in the image, you have to secure each board with two screws at both ends. In addition, pre-drill the boards, to prevent the wood from splitting. Align the components, ensuring the corners are right-angled.

Building the walls of the planter

Building the walls of the planter

The next step of the project is to build the side walls. Therefore, you have to cut 12 pieces of 1×6 lumber at 18” (you could adjust of the wooden planter, according to your needs).

If you want to obtain a professional result, we recommend you to buy tongue and groove 1×6 lumber, as there won’t be any gaps between the boards. Fasten the boards to the 2×2 frames, at the top and bottom, with 2 1/2” wood screws. Align the components accurately, before inserting screws.

Top trim planter plans

Top trim planter plans

Next, you have to build the top trim, from 2×4 lumber. Firstly, you have to cut the four wooden boards at the right size. Next, you have to cut their ends at 45º, by using a miter saw. Round the edges of the planter with a router (1/4” bit), to enhance the  planter.

Attach the top trim to the wooden planter and secure it with finishing nails. Center the component properly, otherwise it won’t look symmetrically.

Flower Planter Plans

Flower Planter Plans

Afterwards, you should sand the wooden surface with 120-grit sandpaper and fill the holes and cracks with wood putty. After the filler has hardened, you have to smooth the surface with a sand block.

Smart tip: Apply several coats of varnish or paint, to protect the wooden planter against water damage and sun rays. Nevertheless, you don’t have to over-finish the cabinets, as they should have a rustic appearance.

 

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