How to make a wooden planter box

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How to make a wooden planter box
Planter boxes allow you to bring plants indoors in frost conditions. (Plant image by luagpics from

Planter boxes can be ideal for apartment owners or for gardeners who work with limited space or funds, pest problems and poor soil. When purchased at most garden and home improvement stores garden planter boxes can be extremely expensive and difficult to transport in smaller vehicles. Building an attractive wooden planter box is a feasible option for most people in this scenario, and it takes less time than you would expect.

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Things you need

  • 4 pieces of wood 17 1/2 inches long, angle cut at 45 degrees
  • 14 pieces of wood 14 1/2 inches
  • 5 pieces of wood 10 1/2 inches
  • Package 3 inch galvanised nails
  • Hammer
  • Drill

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  1. 1

    Take four of the 14 1/2 inch pieces of wood and lay them beside each other so they are connected. Repeat, making a separate pile.

  2. 2

    Lay out three pieces of the 14 1/2 inch wood together in the same manner. Repeat, and make another separate pile.

  3. 3

    Drill down at an angle on the top [right corners of each individual 14 1/2 inch wood piece, then drill up at an angle at each right bottom corner.

  4. 4

    Nail the galvanised nails into these angles and connect the pieces of each pile using the hammer until you have produced two side walls and two front walls.

  5. 5

    Nail the four sides together to create a rectangle with corresponding walls that sit across from each other with matching amounts of wood pieces.

  6. 6

    Nail together three of the 10 1/2 inch long pieces to build the floor section.

  7. 7

    Place the remaining two 10 1/2 inch long pieces at either end of the three piece floor and nail them into place at the top and bottom. These will be the bottom runners that support the base of the planter box, so they should lay flat.

  8. 8

    Nail together the remaining four pieces of wood cut at 45 degree angles so they line up.

  9. 9

    Nail this top portion to the rectangular walls you have made, then nail the floor to the walls in the same manner.

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