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.
- CREATE FRAME PIECES
- SAND, PRIME AND APPLY CHALKBOARD PAINT
- MAKE FRAME
- FINISH CAP
- PROTECT WOOD
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.
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".
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.
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
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
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.
Assemble planter box using deck screws. Countersink and pre-drill all holes. Screw through the sides into the ends and bottom.
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.
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.
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Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 6 hours
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- 17' of 1 x 8 x 8' Cedar
- 60 Paulin High-Performance (Saw Tooth) 8 x 2 #2 Deck Screws
- Small Box of 1-1/4" Brad Nails
- 400mL LePage Outdoor Wood Glue
- 1 Sheet Each of 120 and 220-Grit Sandpaper plus (1) 220-Grit Sanding Disc
- 1 Quart Rust-Oleum Specialty Writable-Erasable Latex Paint in Black
- 1L Interior/Exterior Primer-Sealer