DIY Planter Bench Plans

This diy step by step diy project is about how to build a planter bench plans. If you want to learn more about building beautiful planter bench, pay attention to the detailed instructions shown in this tutorial. This project is ideal for any garden, especially if you like the rustic look. I managed to build this planter bench with common materials and tools. With as little as 20 $ you can build an unique wooden project.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. If this is your first project, you need a friend to assist you while assembling the bench. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.

 

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Building a planter bench

Building a planter bench

Building a planter bench

 

Materials

  • A – 12 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 17 1/2″ long SLATS
  • B – 4 pieces of 1×1 lumber – 16 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 13 1/2″ long SIDES
  • C – 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 15″ long BOTTOM
  • D -2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 18″ long, 2 pieces – 19 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 19 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 21 1/4″ long TRIMS
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 13 1/2″ long SEAT FRAME
  • F – 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long SEAT
  • G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 15 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 10 1/2″ long LEGS

 

Tools

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

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Planter Bench Plans

Building the sides of the planter

Building the sides of the planter

The first step of the project is to build the sides of the planter box. Use 1×6 boards for the panels and 1×1 lumber for the framing. Lay the boards on a level surface and align the edges thoroughly. Leave no gaps between the components and attach the 1×1 supports with 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints.

Assembling the planter

Assembling the planter

After building the four panel, you need to lock them together with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws or nails. Make sure the corners are square and check if the edges are flush one with another.

Building the seat frame

Building the seat frame

Build the frame for the seat out of 2×4 slats. Cut the components at the right dimensions and smooth the edges with 150-grit sandpaper. Align the edges making sure the corners are right-angled. Drill pilot holes through the 48″ long components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Add glue to the joints are remove the excess with a damp cloth.

Attaching the legs

Attaching the legs

Attach the 2×4 legs to the seat frame, as show in the diagram. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and make sure the corners are square, before inserting the 2 1/2″ screws into place.

Assembling the planter bench

Assembling the planter bench

Fit the seat frame to the planter box and lock it into place with 2″ screws. Make sure the seat is perfectly horizontal before inserting the screws.

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

Fit the 1×6 boards to the seat frame, as shown in the diagram. Leave no gaps between the slats and insert 2 1/2″ decking screws to lock the boards to the frame. Smooth the edges with 150-grit sandpaper to get a professional result.

Attaching the 1x2 trims

Attaching the 1×2 trims

Fit the 1×2 trims to the top of the planter box. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and secure them to the slats using finishing nails and glue.

Attaching the bottom slats

Attaching the bottom slats

Attach the 1×6 slats to the bottom of the planter. Drill drainage holes through the slats for a professional result.

Fitting the top trims

Fitting the top trims

Build the top trims out of 1×4 slats. Cut both ends of the slats at 45 degrees and secure them to the planter box using 1 1/4″ finishing nails. Leave no gaps between the trims.

Planter Bench

Planter Bench

The bench with planter has a nice look and it complements any backyard. Make sure you smooth the edges with sandpaper and fill the holes with wood putty. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to protect the components from decay.

 

 

How to build a planter box

Building-the-side-panel

Building-the-side-panel

Start the woodworking project by assembling the side panels for the planter box. Make sure the edges are flush and leave no gaps between the components. Add glue to the joints to enhance the bond of the components.

Building-the-other-side-panel

Building-the-other-side-panel

Continue the project by assembling the other two sides for the planter box.

Assembling-the-planter-box

Assembling-the-planter-box

Assemble the planter box for the bench, as shown in the image. Make sure the corners are square, if you want to get a professional result. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together tightly. Alternatively, you could drill pocket holes at both ends of the 1×1 supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the panels together.

Planter-box

Planter-box

After assembling the planter box, you should get something like that.

Fitting-the-trims

Fitting-the-trims

Fit the top trims to the planter box, as well as the slats to the bottom of the structure. Make sure there are no gaps between the trims and secure them into place using finishing nails and waterproof glue.

Seat-frame

Seat-frame

Assemble the frame of the seat out of 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the components before inserting the 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.

Attaching-the-legs

Attaching-the-legs

Attach the legs to the seat frame. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.

Attaching-the-seat-to-the-planter

Attaching-the-seat-to-the-planter

Attach the seat frame to the planter box using 2 1/2″ galvanized screws.

How-to-build-a-planter-bench

How-to-build-a-planter-bench

Next, you need to attach the slats to the seat frame. Use galvanized screws to lock the slats into place. Leave no gaps between the slats.

DIY-planter-bench

DIY-planter-bench

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