This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a garden planter with trellis. This article features detailed instructions for building a cheap and beautiful square garden planter with trellis. This is the ideal project for a beginner, as it requires common tools and basic carpentry skills. We have designed the plans to keep the expenditures under control and to involve the least amount of work possible. .
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 20″ long, 2 pieces – 60″ long, 1 piece – 19 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 16 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 12 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 16″ long PANELS
- C – 8 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 16 1/2″ long CLEATS
- D – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 18″ long, 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 18″ long BOTTOM
- E – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 18″ long, 1 piece – 19 1/2″ long TRIMS
- F – 1 panel of lattice – 40″x19 1/2″ LATTICE
- 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of lattice – 2’x4′
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
How to build a garden planter with trellis
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the panels for the planter box. Use 1×6 lumber for the panel boards and 1×4 lumber for the cleats. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats. Align the edges with attention, add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/4″ screws through the cleats into the slats. Smooth the cut edges with 120-grit sandpaper.
Next, you need to attach the back legs to the panel. Align everything with attention, making sure the corners are square. Add glue to the joints and insert 2″ screws through the pocket holes. As you can see in the image, you need to cut the top of the back legs at 45 degrees.
Cut the front legs out of 2×2 lumber and attach the to the front panel, in the same manner described above. Use clamps to secure the legs to the panel when inserting the screws.
Continue the backyard project by attaching the side panels to the front and back faces. Make sure the corners are square and align everything with attention. Add glue to the joints and insert the 2″ screws through the pocket holes.
Attach two pieces of 1×6 lumber and one piece of 1×4 lumber to the bottom of the planter. Use 1 1/4″ screws to secure the slats to the cleats, after spacing them as shown in the diagram.
Cut the top support out of 2×2 lumber. Make sure you cut both ends of the support at 45 degrees. Fit the support to the top of the back legs, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock it into place tightly.
Cut a piece of lattice at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Use a circular saw to get the job done accurately. Fit the lattice panel to the back of the frame and lock it into place with 1 1/4″ brad nails. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the 1×3 trims to the top of the planter box. Cut the ends of the 1×3 trims at 45 degrees, as shown in the image. Use brad nails and glue to secure the trims into place. Make sure there are no gaps between the trims, before driving the finishing nails in.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden hose holder, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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