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Build a Chalkboard Planter Box

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Build a Chalkboard Planter Box

Organize and identify your herbs easily in window boxes and containers that have been given a coat of chalkboard paint.

11 Steps

  1. CUT BOARDS
  2. CUT SIDE PIECES
  3. MAKE THE END PIECES
  4. CUT BOTTOM PIECE
  5. CREATE CAP
  1. CREATE FRAME PIECES
  2. SAND, PRIME AND APPLY CHALKBOARD PAINT
  3. ASSEMBLY
  4. MAKE FRAME
  5. FINISH CAP
  6. PROTECT WOOD
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CUT BOARDS

Step 1

CUT BOARDS

Cut the long edges of a 1' x 8' cedar board at a 10o angle to make the side pieces. Angled edges need to be parallel to each other.

Step 2

CUT SIDE PIECES

Using a mitre saw, cut the side pieces to length. Our box is 24" long.

MAKE THE END PIECES

Step 3

MAKE THE END PIECES

Make the end pieces. Rip the end pieces at 7" or equal to the height of the sides. Mitre the end pieces with a 10o angle. Flip the board over and cut another 10o angle. The top width of this piece will determine the width of your planter. We went with 8".

Step 4

CUT BOTTOM PIECE

Rip the board for the bottom from a piece of 1' x 8' cedar at a 10o angle along the long edges to match the bottom edge of the end pieces.

Step 5

CREATE CAP

Make the cap piece by ripping a 1-3/4" strip from the 1' x 8' cedar. Break the edges with sand paper.

CREATE FRAME PIECES

Step 6

CREATE FRAME PIECES

Make the frame pieces. The top and bottom edges of the frame pieces will have a 10o angle.

First, from 1' x 8' cedar, rip 2 pieces at 1-1/2" wide; then raise the blade a little higher than 1-1/2" and rip the thickness from 3/4" to 1/2" on both pieces.

Next, rip a 10o angle on one long edge of 1 of the 1-1/2" x 1/2" wide strips.

SAND, PRIME AND APPLY CHALKBOARD PAINT

Step 7

SAND, PRIME AND APPLY CHALKBOARD PAINT

Sand outer sides of box. Use the smoothest side of the board as you will be painting it.

Prime the box, following directions on the can.

Paint the outer sides of the planter with chalkboard paint - use 2 coats.

ASSEMBLY

Step 8

ASSEMBLY

Assemble planter box using deck screws. Countersink and pre-drill all holes. Screw through the sides into the ends and bottom.

MAKE FRAME

Step 9

MAKE FRAME

From the angled framing strip, measure and cut the top and bottom pieces. Brad nail flush with the top and bottom of the front.

Measure and cut the side pieces of the frame and brad nail flush with the ends of the box.

Pin-nail the frame in place around the chalk board painted areas.

Repeat for the back.

FINISH CAP

Step 10

FINISH CAP

Mitre the corners of the cap to fit around the top edge of the planter. Fasten with pin-nails as you go.

Fit the top so that you have a 1/2" overhang around the outer edge.

Step 11

PROTECT WOOD

To protect the planter, finish the wood with an exterior wood stain.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 6 hours

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