Free planter plans! These beautiful cedar planters are just a fraction of the cost to buy - thanks to using cedar fence pickets. You'll love the step by step plans with diagrams and shopping and cut lists.
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
6 - 5 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick fence pickets 6 feet long
4 - 1x3 @ 20"
4 - 1x3 @ 26 1/4"
4 - 1x3 @ 18 1/2"
4 - 1x2 @ 26 1/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 21 1/2"
2 - 1x2 @ 18 1/2"
12 - 5 1/2" wide fence pickets 31 1/4" 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!
First, build two frames, note that they are sized differently.
Then add the tops to the two frames.
Attach the fencing, starting in the middle, working outward, with galvanized finish nails and exterior wood glue.
Use predrilled holes and attach the four panels together with screws. You can skip the glue to break the planters down and store flat for the winter.
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.