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Frame and Panel Planters

June 19, 2013 |
posted by Ana White
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Free planter plans!

Frame and Panel Planters

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Frame and Panel Planters

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Hello DIYers!!!

Want to make your front porch a little prettier, without breaking the bank?  

My friend Whitney at Shanty2Chic just built new planters for her front entryway, and we worked on brand new plans together to share with you!

I love how rich the wood grain is, contrasting with the concrete and stone!  

Here's from Whitney:

I love my new tall planter boxes!  Similar ones in big brand magazines cost close to $300.  Not mine!  For a tenth of the cost I get the same look and a lot more money to spend on the flowers :-)

And the best part is you can build these planters for your own home!  Yep, we've got you covered with the free plans!

But before we get to the plans, please take a second to stop over and read Whitney's building and finishing post.

See you back here!

Thanks Whitney!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Frame and Panel Planters
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
6 - 5 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick fence pickets 6 feet long

2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 - 1x3 @ 20"
4 - 1x3 @ 26 1/4"
4 - 1x3 @ 18 1/2"
4 - 1x2 @ 26 1/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 21 1/2"
2 - 1x2 @ 18 1/2"
12 - 5 1/2" wide fence pickets 31 1/4" long

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

Frame and Panel Planters

First, build two frames, note that they are sized differently.

Step 2

Frame and Panel Planters

Then add the tops to the two frames.

Step 3

Frame and Panel Planters

Attach the fencing, starting in the middle, working outward, with galvanized finish nails and exterior wood glue.

Step 4

Frame and Panel Planters

Use predrilled holes and attach the four panels together with screws. You can skip the glue to break the planters down and store flat for the winter.

Step 5

Frame and Panel Planters

For the bottom, what I like to do is attach a few 1x2 cleats on the insides, and then lay wood slats on top. Then I place gardener's cloth on top followed by soil. I place the bottom up near the top - no need to put that much soil in - just extra $$$ and weight.

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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For more details on putting a

For more details on putting a bottom in - http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/06/planter-box-plans-cedar.html

posted by Ana White | on Wed, 2013-06-19 12:47

planter bench

You could add the outdoor bench to two of these planters. One on each end I think it would be pretty.

Rachel M

posted by Rachel M | on Thu, 2013-06-20 12:39

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