DIY V-shaped Elevated Planter
From Sam Mussadi,
Thanks for the plans. I really enjoyed working on this project. The plans were excellent except for one issue. Described below.
I mostly stayed with the plans but the heart redwood I purchased was smaller than standard 1×6 (purchased size=.625×5.375) and 2×2 (purchased size=1.375×1.375) so I had to adjust the plans to accommodate the smaller sizes. This also required me to change the stretcher from a 2×2 to a 2×4 since there was a gap at the bottom where the slats met up (the three 1×6’s did not reach to the bottom of the vertex). The 2×4 allowed me to close the gap but I opted to leave about 1/4″ between the planks and the 2×4 for drainage.
The only cosmetic change was to trim all four sides (instead of two sides) with 1×3, using a 45 degree miters to butt them. I thought this would give it a very finished and professional look. To complete the project, I stained the planter with three coats of semi gloss polyurethane.
The total project cost was around $200. It took me two weekends to complete since this was my first project in quite a while, otherwise one weekend should do it. I have to admit, this is a nice looking planter and I received a lot of compliments. You don’t see many of these V shaped planters so it does stand out.