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How to make a simple planter box

Easy project - easy language!

wooden planter box

This planter box is a simple and inexpensive project to undertake - an ideal project for the novice. It is constructed solely of 100 mm x 50 m (2" x 4") wood and the longest piece is less than 500 mm (20").

In this page ...
About the wood sizes and schematics
The plans
Wood quantity and cutting list
The instructions
Your comments

About the wood sizes

planter box schematics This project is written in both Metric (mm) and Imperial (inches).

The metric measurements are given first followed by the standard measurements in brackets ( ).
For example: 94 mm x 46 mm (1 1/2 "x 3 1/2").

Note: The metric sizes are not an exact match to the equivalent imperial sizes. Use one system or the other - do not mix. The metric measurements given are suited to Australasia, the imperial measurements are suited to North America.

The wood sizes referred to in this project are the actual sizes - i.e., the size of the wood once it has been dressed or surfaced (made smooth).

For example: when 100 mm x 50 mm (2"x4") wood (the nominal size) is dressed or surfaced the actual, true size becomes 94 mm x 46 mm (1 1/2 "x 3 1/2"), that's Australasian and North American measurements respectively.

Of course, you can always use a different stock size, just make the necessary adjustments.

Note: Use an exterior grade wood.

The plans

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Wood Quantity

Altogether you will need 9 metres (30 ft) of 94 mm x 46 mm (1 1/2 "x 3 1/2") stock. That allows for a little bit of waste.
Cut to the lengths and angles given in Step 1 below.

The Instructions

Step 1.

Pre-cut all the pieces to length. There will be:
• 4 pieces at 470 mm (17 1/2") long. Angle cut each end in at 45 degrees.
• 14 pieces at 360 mm (14 1/2") long.
• 5 pieces at 282 mm (10 1/2") long.

Step 2.

planter box side pieces
Make up the 2 front walls (d) and the 2 side walls (c) as shown in diagram. Use 75 mm (3") galvanized nails. Angle the nails through the top of one piece of wood into the side of another. Pre drilling the holes can make the task easier.

Step 3.

Planter box walls
Nail the 2 front walls (d) to the two side walls (c).

Step 4.

Planter box floor
Make up the floor by nailing the base pieces (b) to the runners (a). Insert the floor into the bottom part of the front and side walls so that the runners are protruding 20 mm below the walls. Fix by nailing through the front and side walls into the base.

Step 5.

Planterbox capping
Nail the capping (e) to the top of the front (d) and side (c) walls

All done. EAZY with a capital "Z"!

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