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Build a Planter Storage Box

Project Overview

Build a Planter Storage Box

Here's a useful garden storage box that serves double duty with a planting tray on the top. It's perfect for displaying colourful annuals or a collection of herbs. Behind the door you could store garden accessories or even a hose reel.

10 Steps

  1. Create side frames
  2. Create box frame
  3. Apply sides and back
  4. Bottom construction
  5. Construct top
  1. Construct door
  2. Finishing
  3. Attaching door
  4. Create planting tray
  5. Completion
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Step 1

Create side frames

To create 2" x 2" cedar, rip 2 pieces of 2" x 4" cedar down the centre. From 2" x 2" cedar, cut 4 pieces at 19" and 4 pieces at 16". Create 2 square frames measuring 19" x 19". Drill, countersink, glue and screw the frames together using 2-1/2" screws.

Step 2

Create box frame

From the 2" x 2" cedar, cut 4 pieces at 16". Drill, countersink, glue and screw these between the 2 frames at the corners, forming a box frame.

Apply sides and back

Step 3

Apply sides and back

From the 1" x 6" cedar, cut 12 pieces at 20". Apply 4 each vertically to 3 sides of the box frame, gluing and screwing them from the inside frame into the 1" x 6" boards. Note that the sides must overhang the frame at back and front to the thickness of your boards. This will allow the back and door to sit flush with the sides.

Bottom construction

Step 4

Bottom construction

From the 1" x 6" cedar, cut 4 pieces to the width of the bottom cabinet. Note that the front and back pieces will need to be notched to fit around the 2" x 2" corner frame pieces. To prevent splitting, pre-drill 2 holes into the ends of each board. Glue and screw the boards in place.

Construct top

Step 5

Construct top

From 1" x 6" cedar, cut 6 pieces at 20" and 2 pieces at 21-1/2". Using 2 20" pieces and (2) 21-1/2" pieces, make a box measuring 21-1/2" x 21-1/2". Drill, countersink, glue and screw the box together. Make a bottom for the box by laying it on a flat surface and aligning the 4 remaining 20" boards inside. Drill, countersink, glue and screw them into the sides.

Step 6

Construct door

From 1" x 6" cedar, cut 4 pieces at 20" and align them vertically on a flat surface. Create 1" x 2" cedar by ripping a piece of 1" x 6" cedar to make 2 pieces 2" wide. From the ripped 1" x 2" cedar, cut 2 pieces at 18". Centre and screw these to the back of the door at the top and bottom. Measure diagonally between the top left and bottom right of these two boards and cut a piece of 1" x 2" cedar to fit. This will keep the door square. Glue and screw it in place.

Step 7


Fill all screw holes with wood filler, sand the box and stain or top coat as desired.

Attaching door

Step 8

Attaching door

Make sure the door fits the opening, then install hinges and a handle of your choice.

Create planting tray

Step 9

Create planting tray

From the 1" x 6" cedar, cut 2 pieces at 19-3/4" and 2 pieces at 18-1/4". Rip 1-3/4" from each board. Make a frame measuring 19-3/4" square. Drill, countersink, glue and screw the box together. Line the frame with a single sheet of heavy duty plastic, overlapping the outside of the frame. Staple the plastic in place.

Step 10


Insert the planter tray into the box top and fill with soil. Add annuals, water and enjoy.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

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