Raised Planter Box
As a member of both Ana's community and The Handyman Club of America, I get a lot of inspiration for my projects. I happened to find inspiration in the latest issue of Handy Magazine and the raised planter box that they feature. They do list the plans for the planter, however, it requires the use of special tools like a router table, chisels and large pipe clamps. Those may not seems like "special" tools to some of you, but I don't have them so I'm labeling them special. :-)
They used pocket hole joinery in their plans, but only in a small part. Why not use them everywhere and make life a bit simpler? I decided to take on the project myself and "re-write" the plans for our community.
Please, if you build this, use common sense. Always check for squareness after each step and if your planting methods require something different, the adjust these plans accordingly. Most of all, I hope you enjoy this!
THIS PLAN HAS BEEN ADJUSTED AS PER COMMENTS MADE! :-) Thanks for the feedback so we can make the plans work! This is also one of the perils of not building it yourself first. Heheheh
(4) 1 x 4 x 8' cedar boards
(1) 2 x 2 x 8' cedar boards
(1) 2 x 2 x 6' cedar board
(3) 2 x 4 x 8' cedar boards
(1) 1 x 12 x 8' cedar board
(1) 1 x 12 x 6' cedar board
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
4) 1 x 4 @ 34 1/2" (front and back box cladding) "A"
9) 1 x 4 @ 20" (shelf slats) "B"
2) 1 x 4 @ 21 1/2" (post caps) "C"
4) 2 x 2 @ 34 1/2" (legs) "D"
2) 1 x 12 @ 47 1/2" (front and back of box) "E"
2) 1 x 12 @ 18 1/2" (sides of box) "F"
2) 2 x 4 @ 46" (box supports & shelf supports) "G"
2) 2 x 4 @ 47 1/2" (bottom shelf supports) "H"
5) 2 x 4 @ 15 1/2" (box supports) "I"
Make 2 of these panels and set them aside. Keep piece "E" flush to the front of the "D" pieces and attach using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Attach "H" 5" up from the bottom of "D" - so the bottom of the cross beam ("H") should be at the 5" mark from the bottom.
Create the box supports using the diagram above, use pieces "G" & "I"
Attach the box support to one of the panels making sure to leave a 3/4" gap between the box support and the 2x2 ("D") Use 2" screws through the face of the 2x4's
Attach the other panel to the box support using glue and 2" screws through the face of the 2x4's
Attach the two panels of the box using "F". Make sure that you stagger your pocket holes to avoid the PH screws hitting each other during construction.
Measure 4" from the legs to start your slats making sure to leave an 1" gap between slats as you go across.
Slats are "B" pieces
Add pieces "A" to assembly
Finally, add the post caps and you're done! To use, you'll need to either add plastic tubs for planting or you can put in a piece of 1/2" plywood and plastic lining.