Step 1: Cut PVC for the Sides and Bottom

person wearing a mask using a miter saw to cut the sides and bottom of this all weather planter
Photo: Matthew Benson
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Determine your planter's dimensions or use those in the drawing on the previous slide. Set up a plywood work surface. Using a miter saw, cut a 1x4 leg to length and screw a stop block to the work surface against the cut end of the piece. Repeat to make four legs from 1x4s, then cut four legs from 1x3s. Reposition the stop block as needed to cut four long 1x3 rails, four short 1x3 rails, 24 beadboard pieces for the sides, and thirteen 1x4 boards for the bottom.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps
    • tack cloth
      Tack cloth
    • 3-inch wide paint brush
      Paint brush

    Shopping List

    1. Cellular PVC trim boards We used AZEK trim. Get two 12-foot 1x4s and four 12-foot 1x3s. If 1x3s aren't stocked, rip them from 1x4s and use the scrap for the ledges.

    2. Cellular PVC beadboard Choose 5½-inch tongue-and-groove boards or similar.

    3. Plywood and scrap 1x material

    4. PVC adhesive Choose a clear glue with a slow setting time, such as AZEK adhesive.

    5. 1-inch pan-head stainless-steel screws6. 1 5⁄8-inch trim-head stainless-steel screws

    7. Spackling paste rated for outdoor use, such as CrackSHOT, to fill fastener holes.

    8. Fine-grit sandpaper

    9. Latex exterior paint For dark colors use a reflective paint, such as VinylSafe by Sherwin-Williams, so that the PVC won't warp in the heat.