If you want to learn more about free deck planter plans, you have to take a close look over the instructions described in the article. There are so many designs and plans to choose from, that we really recommend you to browse through the related plans before buying the materials and starting the assembly. Work with attention and invest in high quality materials.
If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to plan everything with attention, as to prevent costly mistakes and to build a professional garden swing. Invest in high quality materials, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as the bench will be exposed to all kinds of weather. Apply a few coats of paint over the components, to enhance their appearance and to protect them from bad weather.
Deck Planter Plans
- 1 – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 23” LEGS
- 2 – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 23”x17″ WALLS
- 3 – 24 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17″ SLATS
- 4 – 2 piece of 2×2 lumber – 17″ CLEATS
- 5 – 2 piece of 1×6 lumber – 16 1/2” FLOOR
- 6 – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24″ long TRIMS
- Hammer, Tape measure, Carpentry square
- Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Router
- Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses, Respiratory Mask
- One day
Building a Deck Planter
The first step of the garden woodworking project is to build the walls. As you can easily see in the diagram, you need to build the walls out of 3/4″ plywood. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth. Adjust the size of the sheets to suit your needs.
The next step of the project is to attach the 2×4 trims to the sides of the deck planter. Lay the slats on a level surface, making sure you place them equally-spaced. Drill pilot holes and insert 2″ screws through the plywood into the slats to create rigid joints. Add glue to the joints and makes sure there are no gaps between the components.
After building the four panels for the deck planter, we recommend you to fit the 4×4 legs into place. Drill pocket holes along the sides of the slats and secure them to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Next, fit the 2×2 cleats to the bottom of the planter, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the cleats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the side walls. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Build the bottom for the planter out of 1×6 lumber. Cut the slats at the right size and secure them to the cleats using 1 1/4″ screws and glue.
Build the trims out of 1×4 lumber and cut both ends at 45 degrees. Fit the trims to the top of the planter and secure them into place using finishing nails and glue. Leave no gaps between the components and smooth the sharp edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, we recommend you to check if the components are locked into place properly and structure is rigid enough for your garden. Make sure there are no protruding screws or sharp edges.
PRO TIP: Fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper. Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay. Check out the rest of the project to learn more about building garden projects.
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