How to Build an Easy Wooden Planter Box


Growing plants outdoors can be fun and exciting. There are situation where you may not have the ability to just dig up some dirt and grow plants. For those instances, or when you want something different, you can build an easy wooden planter to grow your plants. Planters are enclosed boxes that you fill with soil and grow plants. The planters can be hung on a wall or simply set on the patio. Building a wooden planter does not have to be difficult. There are many different ways to build simple wooden planter boxes.

Step 1

Use the circular saw to cut two 30 inch pieces from the 1-by-8-by-6 cedar board. Use a tape measure to mark off the first piece and then measure the second piece from the other end. You will be basically cutting a 10 inch piece out of the middle of the board. These tow 30 inch pieces will be the front and back of the planter.

Step 2

Measure and cut a 30 inch piece from the 1-by-8-by-4 cedar board. Set the bevel on the circular saw to 10 degrees. Mark the height of the piece of wood to 5 inches and make a line across the length of the board using a carpenters square. Rip cut the board at the 5 inch line with the circular saw. This board will be the bottom of the planter.

Step 3

Set the bevel of the circular saw back into the normal position. Cut the scrap board from the 1-by8-by-4 to make two pieces that are 6 3/8 inches tall and 5 7/8 inches wide. Measure the bottom of the boards to 5 inches. Use the carpenters square to draw a line from the top corner of each board to the 5 inch mark on the bottom. Cut the boards at the mark with the circular saw. These two boards will be the end caps.

Step 4

Sand the edges of the boards to remove any rough areas with a piece of sandpaper. Lay out the boards on a flat surface and dry fit them together. This way you will see how the bevel on the bottom board will fit the front and the end caps.

Step 5

Stand the bottom of the back piece to the rear edge of the bottom piece. Pre-drill holes for three wood screws. Secure the back piece to the bottom edge of the bottom piece.

Step 6

Place each end cap over the outside of the back and bottom pieces. After lining up the pieces flush with all edges, use the drill to make two pre-drill holes for the back and the bottom. Secure the end pieces to the ends of the planter box with the screws.

Step 7

Line the front board in between the end pieces and over the front edge of the bottom piece. Drill three pre-drill holes for the bottom and two pre-drill holes for each side where the front meets the end caps. Secure the front to the box using the wood screws.

Things You'll Need

  • (1) 1-by-8-by-6 cedar board
  • (1) 1-by-8-by-4 cedar board
  • Box of 1 ½-inch galvanized wood screws
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Carpenters square
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Flathead screwdriver


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About this Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with over 10 years of writing experience. Ken has written over 350 Home Improvement articles for Demand Studios. He has also been published by The American Chronicle. Kenneth holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Commonwealth College in Richmond, Va.