Step 4: Mark the Placement of the Beadboard

hands attaching the short sides of this all weather planter
Photo: Matthew Benson
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The planter's short sides will be attached between the long sides, so you'll need to leave space at the ends of the long sides for them. Measure the gap by using the edge of a piece of beadboard and a 1x4 set on edge as a spacer; mark the gap at the ends of both frames for the long sides. Dry-fit beadboard pieces across the long sides, adjusting them so that they cover the open space between the legs but fall short of the gaps you marked. Center the slats on the frame, and mark the spot where the first beadboard piece will sit.
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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.