This step by step diy woodworking project is about elevated planter box made from 2x4s plans. Since I had tons of requests for more 2×4 projects, I came up with this elevated garden planter design. This planter box is sturdy, easy to build and it doesn’t cost a fortune to make. If you enjoy my design, don’t forget to take a look over the rest of my free plans HERE.
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Projects made from these plans
Elevated Planter Box made from 2x4s Plans
Cut & Shopping Lists
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 31″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 14″ long, 1 piece – 45″ long SLATS
- C – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 6 pieces – 24″ long SLATS
- D – 13 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long BOTTOM SLATS
- 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 2″ nails
- wood filler , wood glue
- hardware cloth
How to build an elevated planter box from 2×4
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the planter box. Cut the legs and the side pieces from 2×4 lumber. Lay the legs on a level surface and then lay the slats one by one, starting with the top. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to secure the slats into place. Leave no gaps between the slats and align the edges flush. Make sure the corners are right angled.
Fit the 2×4 slats to the ends of the planter box. Cut the slats at 24″ and then secure them into plans, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the slats to the legs. Make sure the corners are square.
As you can see in the diagram, you need to make a few notches to the end bottom slats. Use a circular saw to make parallel cuts and then remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Use 2×4 lumber for the bottom slats. Place a 7/16″ piece 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.
Use 2×4 lumber for the side braces. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the braces and then secure them to the vertical legs with 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and align the edges flush.
Next, attach the 2×4 stretcher to the bottom of the planter. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the stretcher and then secure it into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square.
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.
This is a simple woodworking project, so any person with basic diy skills can get the job done in a few hours. If you like my project, I recommend you to take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans HERE. See all my planter box plans HERE. Choose from thousands of free designs and fill your life with DIY joy!
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