Build a Bench to Go in Between Two Planter Boxes

Two store-bought wooden planter boxes are joined together with a slatted bench.

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Tools and Materials:
drill and decking screws
miter saw
10 pressure-treated 8-foot 2x4s
one pressure-treated 8-foot 2x6

1. Move planters into their final position. It will be hard to move them after the bench is built, so it is best to build it in place.

2. Make ledgers for each planter box. Cut two 2x4s to your desired depth of the seat plus add two inches for the back rest. The slats will sit on top of the ledgers. Screw the 2x4 ledgers to each planter (on the sides that are facing each other) about 15 inches off the ground.

3. To make the slats, cut the 2x4s to length. Lay them across the ledgers with the narrow side facing up. Make sure they are a uniform height and length.


4. Toe-nail screw the first slat to the ledger and the planter boxes. Then continue with the rest of the slats. Use a couple pieces of scrap wood for spacers to make sure the slats are evenly placed. Be sure to countersink the screws.

5. Continue until you have your preferred seat depth.

6. For the seat back support, cut three 2x4s to the height of the back rest, these will be for vertical support. Cut one end of each 2x4 at no more than 45-degree angle. The angle depends on how far you want to be able to lean back.

7. Attach one of the vertical supports to each end of the ledger with the angle side down. The third support will be attached in the middle. Depending on the length of your bench, you may want to cut an additional vertical support.

8. Cut the 2x6 so you have two pieces the exact length of the bench (ours is 3 feet).

9. Place one of the 2x6s at the back of bench and screw it to each vertical support. Then screw on the second 2x6.

10. From the back of the bench, screw the vertical supports to the back slat and to the two backrest pieces.

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