How to Make a Wooden Window Box


For both nature lovers and flower lovers, looking out the window to see nature's beauty is something they look forward to at any time during the day. With this in mind, constructing a wooden window box to grow your plants will give you such enjoyment. To make a wooden window box, you will need common tools and a simple guide.

Step 1

Measure and cut the required board lengths listed from a 1 inch by 8 inch by 6 foot board. You can get this board from the lumber yard. The 1 by 8 by 32 3/4 lengths are the front and back of the wooden window box. The 1 by 6 by 32 3/4 length is the base. The remaining two sections are the sides.

Step 2

Choose which of the 8-inch sections will be the front. Place the measuring tape at one end across the 1-inch side. Measure and mark a point at three-eighths inch at the end of the board. Place the measuring tape at the end of the board and line it up with the mark you just made. Using the tape as a guide, measure and mark points along the board side every 8 inches.

Step 3

Using the drill and one screw, drill starter holes into all four sides at the base by drilling the screw until it breaks through the opposite side. Then reverse the direction of the drill and unscrew the screw. Repeat this step for all marks along the sides.

Step 4

Place a line of wood glue over a long edge of the base section. Lay this section flat with the non-glued edge against something to hold it. Attach the glued end to the bottom of the section you just worked on so it faces the side where the screws will enter. You will make an "L" shape. Hold the "L" steady while drilling in the screws into the holes.

Step 5

Switch the "L" around so that the side you just created is against the flat surface. Repeat the step above for applying glue and drilling the screws into place with the second side.

Step 6

Stand the frame on end so that one side of the "U" faces you. Place a line of glue along the inside of the three sides. Slip one of the side pieces into position and hold in place until the side sets firm. Drill the screws into place at the positions marked earlier.

Step 7

Turn the ends around so that the open end faces up. Repeat the previous step to finish the four sides of the window box.

Step 8

Flip the box to face the bottom toward you. Drill screws into each corner of the bottom section. This will secure the bottom to the sides further.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 boards, 1 inch by 8 inch by 32 3/4 inch
  • 1 board, 1 inch by 6 inch x 32 3/4 inch
  • 2 boards, 1 inch by 7 1/4 inch by 3 3/4 inch
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • 1 1/4-inch galvanized deck screws
  • Drill


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Jack S. Waverly is a New York-based freelance writer who writes articles relating to business, personal finance, gardening, sustainable living and business management. Waverly is published on Pluck, Happy News and many other websites.