Step 3: Build the Sides

Tom Silva attaching a 2x2 to 2 1x6 side boards with a drill/driver
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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The planter's sides are made from two 16 boards butted edge to edge. Hold them together by fastening 2x2s across the joints with 2-inch deck screws as shown. For each short side, fasten a 2x2 in the center and 2 inches below the top edge to leave room for the liner's lip. For each long side, use two evenly spaced 2x2s placed against the bottom board's cleat.
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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