This step by step diy woodworking project is about outdoor planters plans. This article features easy to follow instructions for building vertical planters. I have designed this project so that you use 6′ cedar pickets to keep the costs down. In addition, the cedar slats will be much more resistant to moisture than regular pine. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
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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Cut & Shopping Lists
- A – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 12 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 15″ long 6xPLANTER
- B – 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 12 3/4″ long 6xBOTTOM
- C – 1 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long, 2 piece – 60″ long LEGS
- D – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 28″ long BASE
- 13 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 6′
- 100 pieces of 1 1/4″ screws
- 100 pieces of 2″ brad nails
- wood glue, stain/paint
Building planters from cedar pickets
The first step of the project is to build the side support. Cut the 1×6 cedar pickets at the right size, as shown in the diagram. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Attach the base components to the vertical supports. Align everything making sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws on both sides. Add waterproof glue to the joints.
Build the frame of the planters from 1×6 cedar pickets. Align the edges until they are flush and add glue to the joints. Insert 2″ brad nails to enhance the bond of the structure, after making sure the corners are right-angled.
Attach the slats to the bottom of the planters. Align the edges and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock them into place. Drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints.
Next, you need to attach the planters to the vertical support. Make sure you pay attention to the diagram when spacing the planters. In addition, you need to check if the corners are square. Center the support to the planters and insert 1 1/4″ galvanized screws. Add glue to the joints and insert at least 4 screws for each joint.
Attach the other leg to the vertical planters. Use a spirit level to make sure the legs are plumb before inserting the 1 1/4″ screws. Center the leg to the planters, as shown in the diagram.
You then need to attach the other planters, as shown in the diagram. As you can easily notice the vertical support should be cut at 60″, slightly larger than the one placed on the other side.
As you can notice, you need to place the planters equally spaced. Drive screws through the vertical supports into the planters. Use 4 screws for each joint and add lots of waterproof glue.
Next, you need to drill some drainage holes through the bottom of the planters and fill them with soil. Choose the soil with attention, making sure it’s the best for the flowers you are going to plant.
You can apply a few coats of paint over the exterior of the planter, if you want to enhance the look of the vertical planters. This project is ideal for any deck or patio, if you want to enhance the look of your property and bring bright colors.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-220 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project. You can even build several planter and join them together so that you create a privacy screen made from lively flowers.
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