Step 1: Build the Front and Rear of the Planter Frame

Mark Powers assembles the planter frame
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Use a miter saw to cut all the pressure-treated 2x4s to length according to the cut list. The front and rear of the planter frame consist of three 2x4s assembled into an H shape. Clamp the parts to a workbench with the short board centered between the two long boards, as shown. Drill four -inch pilot holes at an angle through the center board and into the long boards. Fasten the parts with 2½-inch deck screws. Repeat to fabricate an identical rear frame.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • adjustable clamp
      clamps
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw to notch boards
    • socket wrench
      socket wrench to tighten hex nuts
    • combination square
      combination square to mark cutlines

    Shopping List

    2x4 pressure-treated boards
    Get two 8-footers and three 6-footers to build the planter frame.

    5/4x6 pressure-treated decking
    Get one 8-footer and two 6-footers for the floor and base.

    1x6 cedar trim
    Get four 8-footers and eight 6-footers to sheathe the planter and make the trellis.

    5/4x6 cedar decking
    Get one 8-footer and two 6-footers to make the trellis frame.

    1x3 cedar trim
    Get one 8-footer and four 6-footers to make the trellis screen and rear cap trim.

    2x2 cedar pickets
    Get 17 4-footers for the trellis screen.

    1x4 cedar trim
    Get one 8-footer to make the front and side cap trim.2-inch and 2½-inch deck screws to assemble the planter frame and trellis

    1-inch stainless-steel trim-head screws to fasten the cedar boards

    3-inch-diameter casters
    Get four (two locking), each rated to 250 pounds.

    ¼-by-1½-inch galvanized hex-head machine bolts plus washers and nuts
    Get 16 of each to attach the casters.

    -by-4-inch galvanized carriage bolts plus washers and nuts
    Get six of each to the attach the trellis to the planter.

    teak oil

    ¾â€“inch crushed stone
    Get four 50-pound bags to fill the bottom of the planter.

    landscape fabric to line the planter box