A window box planter overflowing with lush plantings adds a stunning accent to the outside of your home. Placed beneath a kitchen window, it provides an attractive view during chores and a bit of privacy from peering eyes. Though you can mount a planter directly to the side of your house, mounting brackets beneath the window box provides better support and allows you to easily remove it if needed. Wooden brackets are a popular support option, and with basic woodworking skills and a little effort, you can make your own brackets with an added decorative touch.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Poster board
- 1-inch-thick wood
- Wood clamps
- Scroll saw or jigsaw
- 80-grit and 120-grit sandpaper
Measure the width of the bottom of your planter, using the measuring tape. Write down the dimension.
Copy or sketch a template design for your bracket. Ensure that your design has a 90-degree angle and that the length of the top is at least equal to the measurement obtained in step 1. Enlarge the design on a copier if the original is not large enough.
Trace the outline of the template onto the poster board and cut it out with the scissors.
Place the poster-board template on the wood, aligning the 90-degree angle with the corner of one end. Hold the template firmly in place and trace the outline onto the wood.
Measure and mark about 2 inches longer than the template, using the measuring tape and pencil. Draw a horizontal line across the wood at the mark, using the ruler and pencil, and cut the wood along the line with the saw.
Clamp the wood to a sturdy work surface, using the wood clamps, and cut out the bracket along the tracing line of the template, using the saw.
Sand any rough edges on the brackets, using the 80-grit sandpaper. Finish sanding the brackets smooth, using the 120-grit sandpaper.
Tips and warnings
- Apply a coat of exterior paint or stain to untreated wood brackets to protect them from the weather.
- Use a French curve drafting tool to add curvy design details to your bracket.
- Space your brackets no more than 3 feet apart to best support a heavy planter.
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