This step by step woodworking project is about waist high planter box plans.I have designed these cedar elevated planter boxes so you can finally have that vegetable garden, even if you lack space. With a couple of these planters, you can harvest a lot of fresh vegetables. Follow my instructions and tips, so you get the job done quickly and without no problems. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. 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.
Made from this plan
Waist High Planter Box Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 32″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 43″ long BRACES
- C – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces – 48″ long BOX
- D – 7 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 24″ long, 1 piece – 48″ long BOTTOM
- 2 pieces of 1×8 cedar – 6′
- 2 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 6′
- 1 1/4″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws,
- hardware cloth
- glue, putty
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
How to build a waist high planter box
The first step of the project is to build the frame of the planter box. Cut the 1×8 cedar slats to the dimensions shown in the diagram and then lock them together with 1 1/4″ screws. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the 24″ long slats and insert the screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Using cedar will make the planter box weather resistant.
Use 2×3 lumber for the legs of the elevated raised garden bed. Make notches to the bottom of the legs. Mark lines on the beams and the make parallel cuts to the area. Remove the excess material with a chisel and smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Fit the legs to the planter box. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes through the box and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the top of the legs.
Turn the planter box upside down and then staple hardware cloth to the bottom of the structure. Use tin snips to make the notches, so you can fit the cloth around the legs. Staple the cloth to the planter box tightly.
Fit 1×3 slats to the bottom of the planter box. Cut the slats at the right dimensions and then secure them into place with 1 1/4″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Fit a 1×3 support so you can add more support to the bottom. Drill pilot holes through the sides and insert screws into the support. Insert screws to secure the support to the bottom slats.
Fit 2×3 braces to the base of the legs. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the braces to the legs tightly. Fit the 2×3 stretcher, as well, to add support to the planter box. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges and the slats. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface.
This counter height planter box is ideal for any garden or even patio. You can make a few of these and provide enough fresh vegetables for a full summer. These plant boxes are easy to build, cheap and really sturdy. Don’t apply stain over the lumber, so it doesn’t poison the plants. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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