This step by step diy woodworking project is about easy elevated planter box plans. I have designed this 2’x4′ planter box so you can build it with basic woodworking knowledge and common household tools. You can adjust the size of the planter to suit your needs. This planter has a very simple concept, so don’t expect it to be a style statement, but just extremely functional. If you enjoy my design, don’t forget to take a look over the rest of my free plans HERE.
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Easy Elevated Planter Box Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 30″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×10 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 24″ long SLATS
- C – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces – 14″ long SLATS
- 2 piece of 4×4 lumber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 2×10 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 2″ nails
- wood filler , wood glue
- hardware cloth
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Post hole digger, Concrete mixer
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It’s that easy to build an elevated planter – Video!
How to build a simple elevated planter box
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the planter. Cut the components from 2×10 lumber at the right dimensions. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Fit the 4×4 posts to the frame of the planter box. Align the edges with attention and check sure if the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the frame of the planter box and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the legs.
Use 1×4 lumber for the bottom slats. Place a piece of 1/2′ plywood between the slats and align them at both ends. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Fit the hardware cloth inside the planter box and then staple into place attentively.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then let it dry out for a few hours. Apply a few coats of paint over the exterior of the planter to protect them from the weather elements (in case you don’t you cedar or redwood). Read the labels with attention and choose a product that is food safe.
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Hi there! Thanks so much for the design, I can’t wait to try it! I just wanted to let you know that your dimensions in the materials section is different than in the instructions. For the legs in materials it says 2×2 not 4×4, which is easy to understand from your tutorial. You also list 2.5″ screws instead of 3.5″ screws under materials. Not a big deal, but I thought you might want to know.
Again, thanks so much for sharing this. It’s easily the best DIY instruction for this that I’ve come across and I can’t wait to try it out!
Thank you for the feedback. I’ve updated the list. Good luck with the project and don’t forget to let me know how it comes out!
You still show the legs as (2) 2x2x6′ in the list.
I am going to make a few of these next weekend. THANKS!
Looking forward to seeing them! Good luck!
I’m going to these dimensions for my next to planter boxes. I would suggest using fir or pine wood as it’s cost effective and will last for years. My first box is over 10yrs and still looks great. For a finishing coat use only Stain on the outside, maybe some old stuff from the garage? Don’t use paint and skip the filler putty. Countersink those screws and nobody will see’em. Thanks for posting!
Thank you for stopping by. Looking forward to seeing your project!
How do the two 14″ slats attach at the ends?
2×2 cleats to the 4×4 posts.
I am going to my daughters school tomorrow to help her class build the elevated planter. How were you affixing the 2-1x4x14 inch slots on the ends? I was going to add a short piece of 2×4 attached to the 4×4 to secure the 1×4.
2×2 cleats on the posts. 2×4 will be too visible.
I’m sorry. But I don’t understand what a 2×2 cleat is and when I do a search it talks about a wooded French cleat. Can someone explain for me?
A cleat is a slat that supports other slats
You list nails-what are they used for??