How to Build an Elevated Wooden Planter Box

This simple DIY garden planter is designed for minimal waste and cost, and is easily customizable.

 

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Elevated Wooden Planter Box

This classic wooden planter is designed to hold upward of 400 lbs, which should be more than enough for wet soil and plants. Tailored to create a larger or smaller box, the real structure of this planter is provided by the base.
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Tools and Materials Required

Saw (mitre, table, jig, circular or hand saw) — chisel — drill + bits — screwdriver — staple gun — clamps — (1) 4×4 x 8′ cedar — (10) 1×6 x 8′ cedar — (4) 2×4 x 8′ cedar — 1-5/8″ deck screws (1 box) — 3″ deck screws (1 box) — landscape fabric — staples.
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Cut List

Exact measurements of wood pieces may vary based on the size of your box. For this project, we used the following pieces of wood: (4) 1×6 x 6’ — (6) 1×6 x 22″ — (6) 1×6 x 73-1/2” — (2) 2×2 x 22” — (4) 2×2 x 13”  — (2) 2×2 x 14-1/2″ — (4) 4×4 x 23-3/4 — (2) 2×4 x 6’ — (4) 2×4 x 19-3/8”
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Prep 2x2s

Cut one of the 2×4s into 2×2s. You can get two 8’ lengths plus a little sliver from the middle. Doing this first can save you a little time later. The 2×2 will be used as structure for the box.
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Create the Box Bottom

For the bottom of the box, lay all the 1x6s on the ground. Look for splits, knots, warping, etc. Pick out the worst four, these are going to be the bottom of the box. Cut the four to 6-foot lengths. While you’re at it, cut two of the 2x4s to 6-foot lengths and set them aside. These will be used later to make the stand.

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