Build your own cedar ladder garden planter for about $20 using inexpensive cedar fence pickets - free plans from ana-white.com
5 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets (dogeared is fine) 72" length
2 - 10' long 2x6
20 - 2-1/2" long exterior decking screws (for attaching boxes to legs)
1-1/4" galvanized nails or staples (for making boxes)
10 - 2x6 @ 5-1/4" both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel
10 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets @ 23-1/2"
5 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets @ 20-1/2" (cut to fit)
2 - 2x6 @ 68-3/8" both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel
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 two of the longer cedar fence picket pieces to two ends. I used 1-1/4" galvanized staples, but you could also use screws or nails.
I placed the bottoms in from the top, and then added a few staples to keep them in place.
The sides are simply cut with ends parallel at 15 degrees, then the back is cut off perpendicular to the top 15 degree cut. It's easier than you'd think. I used a jigsaw but the right tool would have been a circular saw. Start your cut on the top as you will have more to bit into.
Mark the placement of the top planter on both legs first to make sure you place the planter in exactly the same spot on both legs. Then I attached from inside with 2-1/2" exterior decking screws. The 2x6s I used were very hard to drill into, so I ended up predrilling as well.
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.