How to build a raised planter

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a raised planter. If you want to learn more about how to build a raised planter, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Plan every step of the backyard project from the very beginning, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner. Work with attention and invest in quality materials.

There are many designs to choose from when building a planter for your patio, so make sure you take into account several alternatives before starting the actual assembly. Work with attention and invest in weather-resistant materials, if you want to get a professional result. Use cedar, pine or redwood, as these materials are both durable and have a very nice finish.

Always align the components at both ends before inserting the screws. In addition, we recommend you to drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints and plumb the legs of the structure with a spirit level. Smooth the cut edge and the exposed edges with sandpaper or use a router, especially if you want to get a professional design.

 

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How to build a raised planter

Building a raised planter

Building a raised planter

 

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  • A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 38″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 1×10 lumber – 36″ long, 2 pieces – 22 1/2″ long FRAME
  • C – 9 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/2″ long BOTTOM
  • D – landscaping fabric – 55″x41 1/2″ long FABRIC

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

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  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

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Raised planter plans

Building the legs

Building the legs

 

The first step of the project is to build the legs of the raised planter, out of 4×4 lumber. Cut the ends of the legs in a decorative manner, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner. Smooth the cut edges with a piece of sandpaper, in order to enhance the look of the posts.

 

Attaching the frame to the legs

Attaching the frame to the legs

 

Building the frame of the planter is a straight-forward process, as it requires basic woodworking skills and common household tools. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the long components and insert the finishing nails. Add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.

 

Attaching the slats to the bottom of the planter

Attaching the slats to the bottom of the planter

 

Fit the 1×4 slats between the two sides of the planter and lock them into place with screws. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and insert the screws, after making sure they are equally spaced. Make sure the slats are horizontal before inserting the screws into the side walls.

 

Fitting the landscaping material

Fitting the landscaping material

 

In order to protect the lumber from decay, we recommend you to fit landscaping fabric to the interior faces of the planter. Cut the material at the right size and lock it into place with staples. Make sure there are no holes or cuts through the material, otherwise the moisture will damage the wooden components.

 

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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. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the outdoor side table.

 

 

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