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Square Planters with Finials

April 12, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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Make cute planter boxes from wood for just $15 each!

Square Planters with Finials

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Square Planters with Finials
Square Planters with Finials
Square Planters with Finials
Square Planters with Finials
Square Planters with Finials

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About Project

Author Notes: 

A few weeks back, my friend Whitney from Shanty2Chic sent me a link to these amazing planters.

I thought they looked familiar.  Do you recognize them?

Turns out, these planters are DIY, built and bragged by the super talented Liz H!  

I couldn't wait to draw up plans inspired by Liz H's planters for Whitney.  For just $15 each, a few days later, Whitney built these.

So cute!!!

And now, I'm posting plans so you can also build these planters!  Check it out!

And if you want to see more details, Whitney has put together a detailed post on building these planters.  Thanks Whitney!!!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Square Planters with Finials
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

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
Wood glue
Hardware cloth, tar paper or other material or plastic planter for containing soil on slats

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 – 2x2 @ 18” long (legs)
16 – 1x4 @ 15 ¾” OR 12 – 1x6 @ 15 ¾” (sides)
10 – 1x2 @ 15 ¾” (bottom slat system)

General Instructions

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!

Step 1

Square Planters with Finials

First build two ends as shown above. Note that you can build shorter or longer sides - it's all the same basic construction.

Step 2

Square Planters with Finials

To the two ends that you built, add the cleats. It's easier to do this now then later.

Step 3

Square Planters with Finials

Now add the sides - easy peasy!!!

Step 4

Square Planters with Finials

And finally, lay slats down. You may wish to add gardener's cloth to the bottom to protect the wood.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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Fantastic!

How do you always seem to know what I NEED the moment I need them? I was just at Lowes today trying to figure out if I could make these myself.

posted by wyntersun | on Thu, 2012-04-12 18:52

I want this NOW

I have been wanting these for my front porch. Thanks for the plans. I'm thinking about using ceder fencing.

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posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-04-12 23:01
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Outside Planters

What type of wood was used?

posted by PA PA B | on Fri, 2012-04-13 11:38
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From my experience, the

From my experience, the "furring strips" usually refers to a lower grade pine or white wood. :-)

http://www.simply-designed.us/blog

posted by tracysmith | on Sat, 2012-04-14 17:50
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I see these on my porch in the very near future...

I was trying to figure out if I had enough scraps to make one of these this week. Lucky for me, I saw that our neighbor was throwing out a perfectly good new pallet and had my son run across the street and rescue it for me. Score!

posted by wyntersun | on Sun, 2012-04-15 21:03
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These are perfect but I was wondering

I love this plan and I think that I have enough scrap wood to build one. But I was looking for a plan that would hve a planter on the end and a bench in between them. I saw one at the store today and thought that would be really easy to build and I think I could even do it better then they did for $200. I a a little scared to do it with out a plan. Worried about hw tall everything should be.

posted by stcurry | on Wed, 2012-05-16 12:33

You could build two of these

You could build two of these to use as the ends, and just put the bench slats across the top. Go with the 20 inch height, and I think you would be fine.

posted by JHansen (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-05-18 13:57

What Goes Inside?

Sounds like a silly question, but do you fill these guys with dirt or just put plants already in pots in there?

posted by Plant Stands (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-05-27 15:48

I love these!

I love these!I have been to TJ Maxx like a dozen times looking for some of these. I finally gave up and decided to try and make me some, (at a fraction of the cost.) Thank You Thank YOu for posting ! =)

posted by SavySamantha (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-06-10 17:44

Just built these!

I just built these and am totally loving them! Thank you for the plans!
I'm pregnant and nesting and your carpentry projects are giving me such a creative outlet! THANK YOU!

http://jenwoodhouse.com/blog/2012/06/08/box-planters/

posted by JenWoodhouse (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-07-08 21:19

pocket holes

I had some trouble with the pocket holes. It took me quite some time to get the sides up! Any tips on making them with an ordinary drill?

posted by Aafke (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-07-17 04:52
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I just built these and am

I just built these and am totally loving them! Thank you for the plans!
I'm pregnant and nesting and your carpentry projects are giving me such a creative outlet! THANK YOU! hermes outlet , babul-ilm

posted by michaelje | on Sat, 2013-04-13 05:08

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