I’ve been wanting to build a few things to bring some life to the front porch, and I decided that a planter box was a good starting point.
Note: I built this entire box from scraps laying about. If you are interested in making your own, you can choose any wood you want and just stick to the same sizes (3/4″, 1/2″, etc….)
5) Next I used my Kreg Pocket Jig to put in 6 pocket holes in the back. I’m turning into an awful blogger I guess because I didn’t get a photo of this step….: ) Sorry. It’s in the video though!
6) I grabbed two 2x4s and ran them through my table saw to rip them directly down the middle. These will be my four posts. I made these posts a few inches longer than the planter to create legs. Then I just screwed each side into place using the pocket holes I made in the last step.
WilkerDon’t: Since my sides have an orientation, I should have been making sure they were all facing the same direction before screwing them in…..: ) I wasn’t. I put in two upside down before catching my mistake.
7) Since I didn’t want to have a huge amount of space to fill with dirt, I cut and nailed in four more scrap pieces on the inside of the planter to create a place to make a shelf. I put this about 7″ down from the top. I would first tack the scrap in place with a single nail in the middle, then put a level on it, then once it was where it needed to be, I would put in two more nails on either side. To complete the shelf, I grabbed a few more scrap boards and just laid them on top of these boards. I didn’t bother nailing them in place because the dirt and gravity will keep them where they are.
Note: Those spaces you see in the top right photo are where the four support boards are. So no dirt will fall through there.
8) To make the top look more attractive, I cut four mitered lengths then nailed them in place.
10) I wanted mine to have a distressed look, so I took my sander and went at the planter until I liked the way it looked.