Free planter bench plans

This step by step woodworking project is about free planter bench plans. If you want to add character to your deck or patio, you should really consider building this planter bench. This is a straight forward process, if you follow the instructions described in this article. You can easily adjust the size of the seat to suit your needs. The bench with two planters attached on both sides will cost about 100$.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy quality lumber, such as pine. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

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Building a planter bench

Building a planter bench

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 19 1/2″ long BASE
  • B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 20 1/2″x22″ long FLOOR
  • C – 32 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 24″ long WALLS
  • D – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 25″ long, 8 pieces – 26 1/2″ long TRIMS
  • E – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 27 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 29″ long TOP TRIMS
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 4 pieces – 19″ long, 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 20 1/2″ long SEAT FRAME
  • G – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 60″ long SEAT 

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Time

  • One Weekend

 

 

Free planter bench plans

Assembling the bottom frames

Assembling the bottom frames

The first step of the project is to assemble the frame for the floor of the planters. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the rim components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the joists. Make sure the corners are right-angled for a professional result.

Fitting the floor to the planters

Fitting the floor to the planters

Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood and attach it to the frame, as shown in the diagram.

Fitting the slats to the planters

Fitting the slats to the planters

Cut 16 pieces of 1×6 lumber at 24″ and then attach them to the frame, as shown in the diagram. Use 2″ brad nails and glue to lock the slats to the frame. Leave no gaps between the slats and secure the adjacent slats together with 2″ brad nails.

Fitting the exterior trims

Fitting the exterior trims

Next, you need to reinforce the planters by attaching 2×4 trims to the exterior. Cut both ends of the slats at 45 degrees. Use waterproof glue to enhance the joints and insert 2″ brad nails from the interior into the trims.

Fitting the top trims

Fitting the top trims

Next, you should attach the top trims to the planter, as shown in the plans. You can use pocket holes to lock the top trims together tightly. Add glue to the joints and secure them to the top of the planters with 2″ brad nails. Build another planter using the same instructions described above.

Fitting the seat supports

Fitting the seat supports

Attach 2×2 supports to the planters, as shown in the plans. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the supports to the wall planters.

Assembling the seat frame

Assembling the seat frame

Use 2×4 lumber to frame the seat for the planter bench. Drill pilot holes through the rim components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the 19″ supports. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square.

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

Attach 1×6 slats to the seat frame and secure them into place with 1 1/4″ screws. As you can easily see in the free planter bench plans, you can adjust the size of the seat according to your needs.

Fitting the seat

Fitting the seat

Fit the seat to the supports. Drill pilot holes through the frame of the bench and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the planters. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with sandpaper.

Free planter bench plans

Free planter bench plans

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Make sure you choose quality components that suit your needs and tastes. Don’t forget to take a look over my other planter bench plans

 

 

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