Step 7: Assemble the sides: Make and Attach the Ledges

hands attaching the cut ledges for the bottom boards of this all weather planter
Photo: Matthew Benson
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To create ledges for the planter's bottom boards to sit on, rip an inch off a 1x4 and cut two 1x1s to the length of the beadboard run on the long sides. Using 1-inch screws, attach each ledge to the back side of the beadboard pieces, flush with their bottom edges. Secure a screw at each end of the strip and through every other piece of beadboard in between.
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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.