Perfect for small patio spaces, decks, or backyard gardens, a planter box is the perfect way to contain your flower or vegetable garden. Check out this easy weekend planter box DIY build.
Brad nailer (1” and 1 ¼” brad nails)
3 – 1x6x8 spruce
1 – 1x3x8 spruce
3 – 1x2x8 spruce
1” and 1 ¼” brad nails or staples
6 – Cedar fence pickets cut at 18” long
6 – Cedar fence pickets cut at 17” long
4 – 1×2 @ 18½“ long
4 – 1×3 @ 18½” long
(Remainder of cuts should be cut to fit the project while you are building it.)
STEP 1 – Build four legs with one each, 1×2 and 1×3, nailing together with 1¼” brad nails and wood glue. A spacer block can help by holding up the 1×3 unsupported side as you nail.
STEP 2 – Take two of the legs and place 1×3 face down on your work surface. Lay out the 18” cedar fence pickets on top. Attach with 1” brad nails, staring at the top and working down. Repeat for both sides.
STEP 3 – Rotate the sides vertical and attach the 17” pickets to the inside with the 1” nails.
STEP 4 – Repeat for the remaining side.
STEP 5 – Measure and cut the trim pieces from the 1x2s for the top. Attach with the 1¼” brad nails and glue.
STEP 6 – Cut slats and space out on the bottom of the planter. Attach with brad nails to the side cleats.
STEP 7 – Select a durable outdoor paint or stain. We recommend SICO’s exterior paint or wood stain.
We went with this stunning red that’s sure to draw a lot of attention and add great curb appeal or style to any deck or garden.