lily pond overview illustration
Illustration: Gregory Nemec


SATURDAY Assemble the box (Steps 1–10).
SUNDAY Install the liner and the lilies (Steps 11–17).

Download and print the lily pond cut list.

½x6 pressure-treated stringers: two @ 34 inches
½x6 pressure-treated floorboards: six @ 33 inches
½x4 pressure-treated skirt boards: four beveled @ 37 inches, long point to long point
½x4 pressure-treated cap pieces: four mitered @ 37½ inches, long point to long point
½-inch pressure-treated plywood panels: four @ 18½ x 34 inches
1x4 pressure-treated panel frame rails: eight @ 29 inches
1x4 pressure treated panel frame stiles (four ripped to 2¾ inches): eight @ 18½ inches
1x4 pressure-treated interior battens: two @ 30½ inches
1x4 pressure-treated interior battens: two @ 29½ inches
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • bar clamps
      bar clamps
    • drill
    • hammer
    • steel-rule straightedge
    • combination square
      combination square
    • Countersink bit
      countersink bit
    • jigsaw
    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun
    • staple gun
      staple gun
    • handsaw
    • utility knife
      utility knife

    Shopping List

    ½x6 treated deck boards Get four 6-footers for the floorboards and stringers.

    ½x4 treated boards Get four 8-footers for the skirt and cap.

    1x4 treated boards Get seven 6-footers for the panel frames and interior battens.

    ½-inch treated plywood Get one 4-by-8-foot sheet for the side panels.

    1¼-, 1½-, and 2-inch deck screws

    3-inch stainless- or galvanized-steel corner brackets Get eight.

    construction adhesive

    landscape fabric

    pond liner

    submersible pond pump

    exterior-grade wood stain

    plant pots