Step 1: Size the form panels

Size the form panels to make a concrete planter as a this old house weekend remodel project
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Place the plywood sheet on your work surface, propped up with scrap to allow clearance for the circular-saw blade. Following the cut list, measure and mark the dimensions for the sides, inset panels, base, and cleats of the concrete form. Use a circular saw and a rafter square, as shown, to make the cuts.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw with dust-collection
      circular saw
    • Rafter Square
      rafter square
    • straight edge
      straightedge
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      pneumatic nailer
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun
    • bar clamps
      clamps
    • mixing tub
      large plastic container
    • flat blade shovel
      shovel
    • mason's trowel
      masonry trowel
    • mason's chisel and maul
      hammer and chisel

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch plywood Get one 4-by-8-foot sheet.

    ¼-inch fiberboard Get one 4-by-4-foot sheet.

    ¾-inch cove molding

    Get two 8-footers.

    1-inch-diameter dowel

    18-gauge 1¼-inch pneumatic nails

    2-inch drywall screws

    1¼-inch drywall screws

    wood glue

    latex caulk

    duct tape

    vegetable oil

    sand

    Quikrete Countertop Mix