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Build a Chalkboard Planter Box

Get creative with your herb garden.

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

SEE ALL THE STEPS

  •  There are 11 steps to completing this project:
    Step 1  CUT BOARDS
    Step 2  CUT SIDE PIECES
    Step 3  MAKE THE END PIECES
    Step 4  CUT BOTTOM PIECE
    Step 5  CREATE CAP
    Step 6  CREATE FRAME PIECES
    Step 7  SAND, PRIME AND APPLY CHALKBOARD PAINT
    Step 8  ASSEMBLY
    Step 9  MAKE FRAME
    Step 10  FINISH CAP
    Step 11  PROTECT WOOD
MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED

  • 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
    220-Grit Sanding Disc
    1 Quart Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalkboard Paint in Black
    1L Interior/Exterior Primer-Sealer
TOOLS YOU WILL NEED

  • Table Saw
    Mitre Saw
    Drill
    Countersink Bit
    Orbital Sander
    Tape Measure
    Pencil
    Paint Brush

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.


2  CUT SIDE PIECES


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


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".


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.


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.


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.


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.


8  ASSEMBLY


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


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.


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.


11  PROTECT WOOD


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


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