Free plans to build a cedar planter for a dollar from ana-white.com
1 - 1/2" thick x 5 feet long cedar fence picket (you can get two planters from one fence picket)
I used 1 1/4" galvanized nails but screws would also work - just use exterior grade if using outdoors
Outdoor wood glue (for outdoor use)
2 - 1/2" x 5 1/2" cedar fence pickets @ 5 1/2" long - shortest point measurement, both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, cut ends are NOT parallel to each other
2 - 1/2" x 5 1/2" cedar fence pickets @ 6 1/2" long - shortest point measurement, both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, cut ends are NOT parallel to each other
1 - 1/2" x 5 1/2" cedar fence pickets @ 5 1/2" long
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Attach one long side to two short sides, keeping outside top corner flush and outside edges flush.
Then attach remaining side.
Set bottom inside the planter. I choose not to attach because it will be easy to remove soil from planter with removable bottom. You could also nail the bottom in place through the sides.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.