(Closed) Have you ever built your own planter boxes?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I like those alot! We recently made our own planter boxes but they are a bit different/cheaper…. We just used fenceboard on sale at our hardware store for it so it was super cheap & only took about 1 hr to put together… We didn’t really bother making them nice as we’re in a rental now & not sure how things would match when we decide to move…. 

We put the supporting posts on the inside rather than the outside, didn’t bother with a lip, and ours has a bottom but it’s two fence boards laying flat with about 2-3″ space between them for drainage…. I can’t remember what size they are, pretty small width-wise as I wanted them to fit within the rock border on my patio, but they are maybe 3.5ft long…  I just put landscaping fabric down in it & haven’t had any issues. With some nice materials I think you can do it for $100 or less each box… 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

FH JUST built me a huge one- 3′ x 7′. He built it to look almost identical to the picture you posted, but the four vertical posts extended up some so that he could put some decorative copper caps on them. He built it for under $100. It took him just a few hours. He took the four corner posts and cut them each down to size. Then, on each post, and 2 on 2 of the sides, he put smaller pieces of wood to “hold” the larger boards into place. Then he cut the 7′ to size and slid those into the front posts. Cut the 3′ to size and slid them into the side and then did the back. It turned out awesome!

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@sienna76:  Honestly..it wasn’t anything fancy. It was just plain deck wood I think and then I planned on staining it to match the fence. I love it!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My husband builds furniture and he recently built us put outdoor Daybed for our porch so I know a little about the wood.  You may find it difficult to locate cedar or redwood and it will be more expensive than pressure treated.  You definitely should use something that’s rated for moisture.  Because we needed a lot of wood for the Daybed, we used a combo of cedar and pressure treated and painted it rather than stained it.  

You might want to google Ana White.  She has a lot of DIY furniture plans posted on her website and may have something similar to this.  I think my husband would probably say that if you have the proper tools, it shouldn’t be that hard.  

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