If you want to grow strawberries in your own garden, you should consider building a rectangular planter. Building one is easy, if you use proper materials and pay attention to our detailed instructions. There are many designs you could choose from, including a pyramid shape, but we recommend you to start with something simple, especially if you don’t want to grow many plants.
There are several aspects that anyone should take into account, if you want to prevent costly mistakes or other issues during the project. Therefore, the easiest way to build the planter is by using 3/4″ plywood and finishing nails. After cutting the components at the right size, we recommend you to add waterproof glue, as to enhance the rigidity of the frame. In addition, smooth the surface with fine-grit sandpaper, before applying the coats of paint.
Build strawberry planter
- 1 – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 36×30” long FACES
- 2 – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 12×30” long SIDES
- 3 – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 34 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 12×34 1/2″ BOTTOM
- 4 – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 15″ long, 2 pieces – 37 1/2″ long TRIMS
- Hammer, Tape measure, Carpentry square
- Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Router
- Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses, Respiratory Mask
- One day
Strawberry Planter Plans
The first step of the project is to build the front and back components of the strawberry planter. As you can see in the image, the easiest way to get the job done and to get a professional result is to use 3/4″ plywood sheets. Mark the lines on the plywood and use a circular saw to make the both sides of the strawberry planter. Use a sandblock to smooth the cut edges.
Continue the woodworking project by cutting the sides of the planter. As you can easily notice in the image, you just need to mark the cut lines on the plywood sheet and create the components, by using a saw with a sharp edge.
PRO TIP: Fit the frame together and secure the components together with 1 1/4″ finishing nails. In addition, we recommend you to add waterproof glue, as to increase the bond of the joints and to check if the corners are right-angled, by using a carpentry square.
Add 2×2 cleats to the bottom of the frame and lock them into place with 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Use a spirit level to check if the cleats are perfectly level and attach the 3/4″ plywood bottom. Secure the piece of plywood to the cleats with finishing nails and waterproof glue.
If you want to add style and character to the strawberry planter, we recommend you to fit 1×2 trims to the top edges of the frame components. As you can notice in the image, you need to cut the ends of the edges at 45º, as to fit together easily. Use waterproof glue and finishing nails to lock the trims into place.
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 if the frame is rigid. Make sure there are no protruding screws or sharp edges. Moreover, the components should be installed properly, making sure there are no gaps between the slats.
PRO TIP: Fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper, after the compound dries out. Apply several coats of exterior paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay.
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