Create a planter box

Create a Planter Box

Project Overview

This free-standing planter box is made in part from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified plywood, and the white paint doesn't off-gas Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), so the air in your home stays free of pollutants.

Use your planter box for organic herbs and harvest them fresh, year round. Or, plant one of the many houseplants that filter common pollutants and purify indoor air, such as Gerbera Daisies, Florist's Mums or Peace Lilies. These plants may be found in your local Home Depot's indoor garden centre, depending on availability and time of year.

Steps

    Cut plywood

    Step 1

    CUT 1/2" PLYWOOD AS FOLLOWS:
    Cut two 28" x 8" for sides; one 27" x 8" for bottom; two 8" x 8" for end caps.
    Cut plywood

    Step 2

    CUT THE 1X2X8s AS FOLLOWS:
    Cut four 30" long for legs (mitred at one end); four 9" long for braces; two 10-1/4" long (mitred at both ends); one 21" long for bottom brace.
    Drill holes

    Step 3

    DRILL PILOT HOLES
    Drill pilot holes along 3 edges of the side pieces: 2 pilot holes on the short edge, 4 on the long edge and 2 along one edge of the end caps.
    Glue

    Step 4

    GLUE
    Glue and screw the end caps onto the bottom piece. Glue and screw the sides to the joined pieces.
    Drill holes

    Step 5

    DRILL PILOT HOLES
    Drill pilot holes, then glue and screw the handles to the legs.
    Attach legs

    Step 6

    ATTACH THE LEGS
    Attach the legs to the planter box 2" from the end, using glue and screws. Leave a 2" space between bottom of handles and box.
    Screw a brace

    Step 7

    SCREW A BRACE
    Screw a brace onto each leg under the planter box.
    Screw a brace

    Step 8

    SCREW BRACES ON EACH LEG
    Screw braces on each leg, 5" from the bottom. Drill pilot holes, then glue and screw the bottom cross brace between the two lower braces using 2-1/2" screws.
    Fill holes

    Step 9

    FILL
    Fill all screw holes with wood filler.
    Sand

    Step 10

    SAND
    Sand the entire planter box.

    Step 11

    PRIME AND PAINT
    Prime and then paint external surfaces. Allow to dry.

    Step 12

    PLANT
    Fill planter box with organic potting soil and plant herb seedlings or houseplants that purify indoor air. Place in a sunny window and watch your herbs and plants grow.