How to build a modern paver planter out of concrete blocks and 2x2s!
3 - 2x2 @ feet long (cedar or outdoor treated perferred for exterior use)
2 -1/2" exterior deck screws or pocket hole screws (depending on joinery type)
Landscape adhesive suitable for concrete block and wood
4 - 2x2 @ 23-3/4" (legs)
8 - 2x2 @ 15-3/4" (cut to fit length of blocks, cut a little long to allow blocks to fit in)
NOTE: Measure your blocks first and adjust to give enough room for blocks to slide in place - about 1/8"- 1/4" will be enough
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!
Build the two side frames, either with 2-1/2" deck screws predrilled and glue or set your Kreg Jig for 1-1/2" stock and drill pocket holes, and attach with 2-1/2" exterior pocket hole screws.
The top 2x2 needs to be set down the distance to match the width of your blocks.
Tie the two sides together with more 2x2s, joining in the same manner as you did in step 1.
Repeat steps to add support inside - you can add additional 2x2s here too.
Apply landscape adhesive to wood and slide blocks in place. Use a rachet strap or rope to tie entire project together, and allow to set overnight for landscape adhesive to cure (follow directions with landscape adhesive).
When complete, use landscape fabric to line inside of planter, add soil and plants, and enjoy!
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.