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The One That Says Spring

This project was for a friend who asked me to build him a planter. I plan on making some for my front yard eventually so I jumped at the chance to build a practice one. That way I can work out the kinks before building my own. 🙂

The first step is to find some good helpers. I took my daughter and son to the store for supplies. I found these great cedar 2×6 boards that will work perfectly. Designing to avoid waste, I will make the planter roughly 6′ x 2′. That will allow me to fully utilize 8′ boards.


I knew I wanted to try to hide screws as much as possible which means I get to use my Kreg Jig again! I started by building the top of the planter, mitering the corners to make them look cool. I used a couple of pocket holes in each corner to connect them together.


The base is made of two levels of 2×6 boards connected on the inside with pocket holes. I did the same to connect them to the planter top.


The great thing about cedar is it already looks great. You don’t have to finish it, paint it, stain it, or anything if you don’t want to. I’m always reluctant to use any product on something that will grow food.


Lessons learned:

  1. Although I loved the way this planter turned out, if I was going to build another rectangle planter, I would probably do 5′ x 3′. That still keeps the no-waste of the 8′ boards, but is a little wider. This will probably depend entirely on the space I want my planters to go. I might even do square planters that are 4′ x 4′.
  2. Next time I will miter the corners of the base layers also. It is super easy to put together with the classic overlap, but a mitered corner will hide all the joints which I think will be very cool.

Here are some of the tools and supplies I used in this project. If you are interested in one, click to take a look. You get a fun product, I get a fun commission. Thanks!

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