Step 2: Attach the Cleats

Tom Silva attaching a cleat to a side board with a drill/driver
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Cut the 1x6s and 2x2 balusters for the planter’s sides and cleats. (Use our cut list.) Screw a 2x2 cleat to the inside surface of two of the longer 1x6s. Position each cleat ½ inch from the board's bottom edge and center it lengthwise. Drill 3/32-inch pilot holes through the cleats, then secure them with 2-inch deck screws.
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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