Planter bench plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about bench planter plans. If you want to learn how to build a beautiful bench planter, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article and to check out the related projects. There are many storage projects featured on our site, so don’t be afraid to browse through the rest of the woodworking plans.

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 planter 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.

It is essential to invest in high quality materials, that are also water-resistant, such as pressure-treated lumber. Cut the components at the right size by using a circular saw and smooth the cut edges with a sand block. Don’t forget to ask a skilled friend to assist you during the project, especially if you don’t have a large expertise in the field. You need someone to hold the components into place, while you drive the screws in.

 

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Planter bench plans

Building a planter bench

Building a planter bench

 

Materials

  • A – 12 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 16 1/2″ long 2xPLANTERS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 16 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 12″ long 2xFLOOR FRAME
  • C – 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 15″ long 2xFLOOR
  • D – 3 piece of 2×2 lumber – 16 1/2″ long FLOOR
  • E – 11 piece of 2×2 lumber – 42″ long SEAT
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 78″ long, 2 pieces – 19 1/2″ long FRAME
  • G – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 19 1/2″ long 2xTRIMS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • 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 Week

 

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How to build a planter bench

Building the bottom of the planters

Building the bottom of the planters

 

The first step of the outdoor project is to build the floor for the planter bench. Build the frame out of 2×2 lumber and the bottom out of 1×6 slats. Drill pilot holes through the 16 1/2″ long supports and insert 2 1 1/2″ screws to create rigid joints. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square. Fit the slats to the supports and secure them into place using 1 1/4″ screws.

 

Building the planters

Building the planters

 

Next, you have to build the side walls for the planter. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to fit the 1×6 slats to the exterior of the frame and to secure them into place using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure there are no gaps between the components. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws.

 

Building the frame of the planter bench

Building the frame of the planter bench

 

Assembling the frame of the bench is a straight-forward process. Build the frame out of 2×4 lumber and cut the components at the right size using a circular saw. Drill pilot holes and secure the frame to the planters by drilling screws from the inside. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square. Use a spirit level to make sure the frame is perfectly horizontal.

 

Fitting the seat supports

Fitting the seat supports

 

Build the seat supports out of 2×2 lumber and drill pocket holes at both ends. Fit the supports into place and secure them to the frame using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess using a damp cloth.

 

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

 

Build the seat of the planter bench out of 2×2 lumber. Cut the components at the right size and secure them into place using 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws to prevent the wood from splitting. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the surface is even.

 

Fitting the top trims

Fitting the top trims

 

If you want to enhance the look of the planter bench, we recommend you to fit 1×3 trims to the structure, as described in the diagram. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and secure them to the top of the planters using finishing nails and glue.

 

Planter bench plans

Planter bench plans

 

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. Check out the rest of the deck projects, to see more ways to improve the look of your garden.

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 planter bench.

 

 

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