Making your own beautiful DIY Raised Wood Planter Boxes on Legs for flowers or herbs is simple with these easy woodworking plans.
This Raised Planter Box on Legs is perfect for flowers or strawberries!
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For lumber, use a cedar picket for the 1×6 and 2×3 construction lumber for the legs.
If you’re looking for a SHORT small planter box, check out my Herb Planter box plans.
- Miter saw
- Orbital sander
- Narrow Crown Stapler (or brad nailer)
- 1x6x6 cedar fence picket (actual dimensions 5/8 inches thick by 5.5 inches wide, 6 feet long)
- Two 2x3x8 boards (actual dimensions: 1.5 inches thick by 2.5 inches wide, 8 feet long)
- 2″ Trim head screws
- 1 1/4″ screws (trim head or regular)
- 1″ narrow crown staples (or brad nails)
- Planter boxes (plastic). The ones I use are from Home Depot: Newbury Small 7.86 in x 23.75 in. 15 Qt. Black Resin Window Box Outdoor Planter with Saucer
1×6 cedar Cut list:
- 2) 23 7/8″
- 2) 6 3/4″
2×3 cut list:
- 4) 24″
- 4) ~8″ (this is the measurement of your cedar box width so it may vary slightly from 8 inches).
Cut wood for DIY Raised planter boxes on Legs
Cut off at least 1″ of your cedar board before starting to get a nice clean end.
Next, cut two pieces at 23 7/8 inches and two pieces at 6 3/4 inches.
*If you have a table saw stationary belt sander, you can clean up the rough edges.
Cut your 2×3’s: Four pieces at 24″. Don’t cut the 8″ pieces yet.
Assemble box for DIY Raised planter boxes on Legs
Staple or brad nail together the cedar box. There are no bottoms to these since the plastic planter part has a bottom.
The 6 3/4″ end pieces go on the INSIDE.
A brad nailer, or drill and small screws can also be used.
Staple every joint until all four sides are complete.
Do a quick test fit to make sure your planter fits.
Now measure the width of the cedar box, and cut the last 2×3 pieces to that measurement. It will be close to 8 inches.
After cutting, sand the 2×3 pieces.
Assemble Legs for DIY Raised planter boxes on Legs
Refer to the DIY Raised planter boxes on Legs blueprint pdf for easy to understand measurements.
Measure and mark where to start the screws. They will go into the SIDE of the 24 inches pieces.
The screws need to hit the supporting 8″ piece so it’s a good idea to measure beforehand.
The supporting pieces will be 3 inches from each end.
It’s easier to start the screws will the board is laying flat.
Turn board on its side. Place a piece of cedar under the 8″ supporting piece to bring it up to the center of the side of the 2×3 so that it’s centered.
Repeat on other end.
Repeat for 2nd set of legs.
Stain and Seal DIY Raised planter boxes on Legs
Stain the legs. I used Minwax Ebony, let dry completely and then sealed with an oil based clear.
I sealed the cedar box with clear Thompson’s Water Sealer. An oil-based weather protection product also works great on cedar.
Putting it all together
After both parts have dried, attach the cedar box from the inside.
Use 1 1/4″ screws and screw into each leg. You can also add 2″ screws from the outside if you want additional support.
Fill with potting soil and add flowers, herbs or vegetables!
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