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Free Plans to Build Robin’s Planter Boxes

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Free Plans to Build Robin’s Planter Boxes

I was really excited when my cousin (whom I idolized as a kid!) contacted me and asked me to draw up some planter boxes for her deck. I was actually looking for an idea to build a few for myself so I think I’ll copy her – just like when we were kids!! 

Free Plans to Build Robin's Planter Boxes

Robin’s Planter Boxes

Cedar or pressure treated pine can be used for this project. If using cedar, use treated pine plywood for the bottom.

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ screws for outdoor use or 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Spar varnish, if desired

Lumber:

Lumber is for ONE planter box -

  • 2 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 4 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 8 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 3/4″ plywood at 2′ x 2′

Cut list:

  • 3 – 1×2 at 20-1/2″ – Base
  • 2 – 1×2 at 22-1/2″ – Base
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22-1/2″ x 23-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 4 – 1×3 at 24″ – Narrower Panel Support
  • 4 – 1×3 at 26-1/2″ – Wider Panel Support
  • 10 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-1/2″ wide) at 35-1/4″ – Narrower Panel Planks
  • 10 – 1×6 (ripped to 5″ wide) at 35-1/4″ – Wider Panel Planks
  • 2 – 1×2 at 24″ – Lower Top Trim
  • 2 – 1×2 at 26-1/2″ – Lower Top Trim
  • 2 – 1×3 at 22-1/2″ – Upper Top Trim
  • 2 – 1×3 at 28-1/2″ – Upper Top Trim

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

1. Cut the pieces for the base and the bottom. Secure the 1×2 pieces to the bottom using countersunk 1-1/4″ screws or 1-1/4″ brad nails. Use a paddle bit or hole saw to drill a few drainage holes in the bottom.

 Free Plans to Build Robin's Planter Boxes_Base & Bottom

2. Cut the pieces for the side panels. Rip the boards on the table saw, and secure the support pieces as shown. The supports will overlap the planks by 3/4″ on each end. Use countersunk 1-1/4″  screws or 1-1/4″ brad nails either from the outside through the support into the planks or on the inside through the planks into the supports.

Free Plans to Build Robin's Planter Boxes_Panels 1

3. Attach the narrower panels to the bottom first, using countersunk 1-1/4″ screws or 1-1/4″ brad nails then attach the wider panels. Secure with countersunk screws or brad nails through the end planks into the side of the end planks on the narrower panels. Also, place a few screws or nails through the wider support into the narrower support.

 Free Plans to Build Robin's Planter Boxes_Panels 2

4. Cut the pieces for the lower trim. Secure to the panels using countersunk screws or brad nails. The top edge of the trim will be flush with the top edge of the panels.

 Free Plans to Build Robin's Planter Boxes_Lower Trim

5. Cut the pieces for the upper trim. Secure to the panels using countersunk screws or brad nails. The upper trim will sit directly on the top edge of the lower trim and panels.

 Free Plans to Build Robin's Planter Boxes_Trim

Finish if desired with spar varnish. 

Have a request for a plan? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to create a plan for you!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!

#DIY #woodworking

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  • http://twitter.com/ddreamsbyanne Anne@DesignDreams

    I really should build some planters. Thanks for the plans!

    • CherTexter

      Anytime! If you have a special request, let me know… I’d be glad to create plans for you! Thanks for stopping by!

  • MrToo

    Are there any plans for a large box such as the “Free Plans to Build Robin’s Planter Boxes” that don’t require ripping?