Either 2 – 1x6 @ 8 feet long OR 3 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x2 furring strips @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
4 craft finials
1 ¼” PH screws
NOTE: If 2 – 1x6 x8’ boards are cheaper than 3 – 1x4 x 8’ boards, use three rows of 1x6s instead of four rows of 1x4 for the sides. I’d also make the legs 20” long instead of 18”.
1 ¼” finish nails
Hardware cloth, tar paper or other material or plastic planter for containing soil on slats
4 – 2x2 @ 18” long (legs)
16 – 1x4 @ 15 ¾” OR 12 – 1x6 @ 15 ¾” (sides)
10 – 1x2 @ 15 ¾” (bottom slat system)
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!
First build two ends as shown above. Note that you can build shorter or longer sides - it's all the same basic construction.
To the two ends that you built, add the cleats. It's easier to do this now then later.
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Now add the sides - easy peasy!!!
And finally, lay slats down. You may wish to add gardener's cloth to the bottom to protect the wood.