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How to Build a Patio Planter
This outside planter is made entirely from pressure treated pine, so it will last for years. It’s easy to build and is perfect for a patio, deck or porch. Read more to find out everything you need to know to build it. ...More
How to Build a Patio PlanterBy: Danny Lipford
This outside planter is made entirely from pressure treated pine, so it will last for years. The sides are 17¾” wide on the front and 20¾” wide on the side, and the planter with mitered top measures a total of 24¾” high.
The planter is easy to build and is perfect for a patio, deck, or porch. Here’s how to go about building it.
- Tape measure and pencil
- Safety glasses
- Circular saw, miter saw, or handsaw
- Drill/driver (drill bits, countersink, screwdriver bits)
- 3 – 2” x 4” x 10’ pressure treated pine
- 6 – 1” x 4” x 8’ pressure treated pine
- Landscape fabric
- Corrosion resistant deck screws and nails
- Legs: 8 – 1½” x 3½” x 24”
- Top and bottom inner frames, front: 4 – 1½” x 3½” x 11½”
- Top and bottom inner frames, sides: 4 – 1½” x 3½” x 17½”
- Mitered top, front: 2 – ¾” x 3½” x 18½”
- Mitered top, sides: 2 – ¾” x 3½” x 21½”
- Front and side boards: 12 – ¾” x 3½” x 20½”
- Top and bottom rails: 8 – ¾” x 3½” x 10½”
- Bottom: 4 – ¾” x 3½” x 17½”
Building the Planter
Follow these steps-by-step instructions to make the patio planter.
Measure the legs and cut to length, making sure both end are square.
Nail or screw the legs together at a right angle, using a scrap as support.
Measure and cut the pieces for the two inner frames. Assemble the inner frames, so that the outside dimensions of each frame measure 14½” x 17½”.
Attach the 1” x 4” bottom pieces to the bottom the inner frame. Screw the legs to the frame, supporting it with scrap, so the frame is 3½” from one end of the legs.
Turn the planter over, and attach the other frame flush with the end of the legs. Next, attach the front and side boards to the top and bottom frames so they’re flush with the ends of the frames.
Attach the top and bottom rails so they are flush with the top and bottom front and side boards.
Miter the four top pieces so the inside of the miter is flush with the inside of the inner frame and attach to the top of the planter.
Drill several holes in the bottom to allow for drainage, line the planter with landscape fabric, fill with potting soil and plant.
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