This step by step diy woodworking project is about deck planter plans. If you want to learn how to build a beautiful deck planter, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article and to check out the related projects. There are many storage projects featured on our site, so don’t be afraid to browse through the rest of the woodworking plans.
Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the deck planter to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.
It is essential to invest in high quality materials, that are also water-resistant, such as pressure-treated lumber. Cut the components at the right size by using a circular saw and smooth the cut edges with a sand block. Don’t forget to ask a skilled friend to assist you during the project, especially if you don’t have a large expertise in the field. You need someone to hold the components into place, while you drive the screws in.
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Building a deck planter
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber- 23″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16 1/2″x23″ long, 2 pieces – 41″x23″ long PANELS
- C – 12 piece of 2×4 lumber – 16 1/2″x42″ long, 12 pieces – 41″ long SLATS
- D – 2 piece of 2×2 lumber – 41″ long, 7 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 16 1/2″ long FLOOR
- E – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 23 1/2″ long TRIMS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
- Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
- One Week
Building a deck planter
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the deck planter. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to build the panel out of 3/4″ plywood and the slats out of 2×4 slats. Cut the plywood piece at the right size and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Attach the slats to the panel making sure you place them equally-spaced and the edges are aligned properly. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/4″ screws from the inside into the slats.
Next, build the front and the back faces of the planter in the same manner described above. Cut the slats at the right size and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to enhance the bond. Remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Continue the project by assembling the deck planter together. Therefore, build the corner posts out of 4×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes along both sides of the panels and secure them to the posts using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Fit 2×2 cleats to the interior faces of the planter. Adjust the height at which you place the cleats according to your needs and tastes. Use a spirit level to check if the cleats are horizontal and secure the cleats to the frame using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Use 1×6 slats to build the floor of the planter. Place the slats equally-spaced and secure them to the cleats by using 1 1/4″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws to prevent the wood from splitting.
In order to enhance the look of the planter, we recommend you to attach 1×4 trims to the top of the planter. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and secure them to the planter using finishing nails and glue. Leave no gaps between the components and smooth the exposed edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Check out the rest of the deck projects, to see more ways to improve the look of your garden.
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