HGTV Dream Home 2012: Make a Planter Box
Create stylish planters, complete with bolt head trim, to flank and define your front door.
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- 1/8" drill bit
- power drill
- 24" W x 30" H pieces of 3/4" exterior plywood (2)
- 22 1/2" W by 30" H pieces of 3/4" exterior plywood (2)
- water-resistant glue
- 1 5/8" or 2" exterior-grade silver drywall screws
- Phillips head drill screwdriver bit
- tape measure
- 4x4 treated post cut into four 6" lengths
- 22" W x 22" H piece of 3/4" exterior plywood
- 1-1/2" finishing nails
- 10' lengths of 1x4 rough-sawn cypress (4), cut into eight 25 1/2" lengths and eight 24" lengths
- 5/16" drill bit
- wood filler
- one or two sheets of 150-grit sandpaper
- 3" paintbrush
- exterior primer
- exterior paint or stain
- 5/16" x 2" carriage bolts, washers and nuts
- socket wrench
- chicken wire
- staple gun
- wire cutters
- birch branches
Pay a visit to the hardware store to purchase sheets of exterior plywood, posts and cypress, plus tools and materials needed to construct the planter box. Have wood pieces cut to size.
Using the 1/8" drill bit and working 3/8" from the edge, drill five equidistant pilot holes on each long edge of 24" x 30" (front and back) panels. Place glue along long edges of 22-1/2" x 30" (side) panels. Create first corner by gluing long edge of front panel to long edge of side panel at a 90-degree angle. Using the 1-5/8" screws and the Phillips head screwdriver bit, screw panels together at pilot holes. Repeat procedure for each planter box corner.
Measure 1 inch from the bottom of each 4x4 treated post and mark measurement clearly with a pencil. Lay planter box on its side. Using the 1/8" drill bit and measuring 1 1/2 inches up from bottom and 1 1/2 inches out from the side of each bottom corner, drill pilot holes. You will drill eight pilot holes total. Place glue on two sides of a post. Position post, glued sides toward panels, in a planter box corner, making sure that the 1" mark lines up with the bottom edges of the box. To secure the post, drill a 1 5/8" screw into each pilot hole. Drill three additional screws into each corner. Repeat the procedure for each post.
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