Step 1: Cut the Legs to Length

Tom Silva cutting a deck post with a power miter saw
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Trim sections off both ends of a deck post to the planter's height, leaving one end's square section long enough to attach the planter's sides. We made our first cut so that the longer square section measured 14½ inches, then marked 36 inches from that cut end and made the second cut. Use the first leg to mark and cut the others as shown.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush
      Brush for stain

    Shopping List

    All lumber is pressure-treated.

    3¼-inch-square deck posts. Get four.

    1x6. Get four 8-foot boards.

    2x2 balusters. Get five 42-inch balusters.

    2-inch deck screws

    2½-inch deck screwsDeck stain

    Two or more double hooks for the ends, plus fasteners

    A plastic utility tub at least 6 inches deep.
    (Ours was 24 by 36 by 8.)

    Gravel

    Potting soil