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Wooden planters are a great way to increase the curb appeal of your home. Since cedar is difficult for me to find locally, these planters are made out of pine and cost approximately $20 each to build.

I purchased 1”x12”x6’ pine shelving to make these planters. Pine shelving costs about half the price of regular knotty pine making it a cheaper alternative. I ripped the 1”x12” pine shelving to the required widths on my table saw. Mom if you are reading this I used my GRR-Ripper. I was very safe and still have all my fingers and toes.

This planter is designed to hold a potted tree or flowers. This will make it easier to upkeep the planter since it is made out of pine. Winters in Newfoundland can be very harsh so I plan to take the planters inside over the winter and reseal them before placing them back outside each spring. This will ensure that the planter lasts as long as possible.

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  •  3 – 1”x12”x6’ Pine Shelving

  • 1 – 2″x4″x96″ Lumber (Optional)
  • 1-1/4” Pocket Screws

  • 1-1/4” Wood Screws

  • 1-1/4” Brad Nails

  • 2″ Wood Screws (Optional)
  • Outdoor Wood Glue

  • Stainable Wood Filler

  • Wood Stain

  • Outdoor Sealant

Cut List:

  • Rip 1x12 pine shelving down to 5 pieces at 5-1/2” width
  • Rip the leftover 1x12” pine shelving down to 2 pieces at 3/4” width
  • From the 5-1/2” boards cut the following:
    • 4 – 18” (both ends cut at 5 degrees, ends not parallel)
    • 4 – 17” (both ends cut at 5 degrees, ends not parallel)
    • 4 – 16” (both ends cut at 5 degrees, ends not parallel)
    • 4 – 15” (both ends cut at 5 degrees, ends not parallel)
    • 4 – 14” (both ends cut at 5 degrees, ends not parallel)
  • From the 3/4” boards cut the following:
    • 4 – 25″

Assemble the side panels using wood glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

On two of the assembled side panels attach a piece of the 3/4” pine to both of the edges on the back using wood glue and 1-1/4” screws.

Attach the side panels together using wood glue and 1-1/4″ screws. Once all 4 sides are attached stand it upright and add 1-1/4” brad nails to the joins from the outside. This provides additional stability to the joins while the wood glue dries.

If required add supports to hold a plastic pot. I used scrap 2x4 originally from my wedding arbour as the supports for my planters. Determine where you want your pot to sit then measure the width and cut 2 pieces of scrap 2x4 to size. Be sure to cut both ends on a 5-degree angle, not parallel. Next, attach the supports using 2″ screws. If you would like to hide the screws countersink them so you can fill the holes will stainable wood filler.

Allow the wood glue to dry. Now all that is left is to sand, finish and seal your new planter. Make sure to use an outdoor sealant to protect your new wooden planter. Allow the sealant to dry completely before using. Once dry add the potted flowers or trees and instantly increase the curb appeal of your home.

Easy to Customize Size

The size of this DIY wooden planter can be easily adjusted to fit your size requirements. When both sides of a 5-1/2” board (true width of 1x6 dimensional lumber) have both ends cut on a 5-degree angle, not parallel, one side is 1” longer than the other. For example, if the long edge is 18” the short edge is 17”. This knowledge makes it easy to adjust the width of the planter to any size you desire.

In addition, the height can also be customized in increments of 5-1/2”. The planter that I made is 5 boards high and measures 27-1/2” tall.

DIY Wooden Planter

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Happy Building!

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