This DIY planter box blends urban style with practicality, and is perfect for the busy gal who doesn't have the space—or time—for a large garden.
Step 1: Cut and Assemble the Legs
Step 2: Make the End Frames
Step 3: Attach the Long Upper and Lower Rails
Step 4: Add the Cap and Slats
Step 5: Smooth the Edges of the End Cap
Step 6: Attach the Sides
Written by Spike Carlsen
Use a circular saw or table saw to cut 5 1/2-in.-wide boards into 2 3/4-in.-wide pieces. Cut the eight leg pieces to length, then secure them in pairs to create four L-shaped assemblies. Predrill holes to prevent splitting.
Sandwich short upper and lower rails between the leg assemblies, then use screws, exterior glue and clamps to create two end frames.
Lay the end frames on their sides, then use glue and 1 1/4-in. screws to secure the two long rails on one side. Flip the piece over and repeat on the other side.
Set the planter upright and install the four cap pieces and three bottom slats using glue and screws.
Do this using a router or power sander. Use medium-grit sandpaper to remove pencil marks and smooth rough areas. Then, apply a clear finish to protect the wood and enhance the grain.
Cut the corrugate roofing to size using a circular saw and metal cutting blade. Position the pieces between legs, then use 5/8-in. galvanized screws to secure them to top and bottom rails.
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