How to build a window box

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a window box. If you want to learn more about building a nice window box, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are many other plans to choose from, so we strongly recommend you to take a look over the rest of the woodworking projects. Invest in high quality materials, such pine or redwood.

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 outdoor window 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.

If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.

 

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Building a window box

Building the window box

Building the window box

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 1×10 lumber – 48″ long SIDES
  • B – 1 piece  of 1×8 lumber – 48″ long BOTTOM
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 9″ long ENDS

 

Tools

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

 

Tips

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

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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How to build a window box

Building the side components

Building the side components

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the window box. Mark the cut lines on a piece of 1×10 lumber and get the job done with a nice jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a cleaner. Cut the bottom edges of the side components at 84 degrees.

 

Attaching the sides

Attaching the sides

 

Build the bottom of the window box out of 1×8 lumber. Drill several drainage holes through the bottom before attaching the side components into place. Drill pilot holes along the sides of the bottom components and insert screws into the side components. Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to create a rigid structure.

 

Building the end components

Building the end components

 

Build the ends of window box out of 1×8 lumber, making sure you pay attention to the instructions described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the sides of the window box and insert finishing nails into the end components. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to create a rigid structure.

 

How to build a window box

How to build a window box

 

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 window box.

 

 

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