- First rip-cut (divide parallel to the grain) one of the cedar fence boards long-ways to make a 4 ¾" wide piece. Use this board to cut the sides of each planter box — 10 total. The tops are 8 ¼" and the bottoms are 3 ¾". To achieve the V-shaped sides, cut at a 30 degree angle from each side.
- To create the front and back of each planter box, cut ten 35” pieces from the full-width cedar boards.
- Cut the bottoms of each box — five total. Rip-cut three of the cedar fence boards to 5" across with a 30 degree angle to fit snuggly in the bottom of each box.
- Assemble the five boxes by using an exterior-rated wood glue like Elmer's Wood Glue Max to glue and nail the front and back of each box to the sides.
- Next, lay a bead of glue on both edges of the bottom, drop the bottom piece into place and nail it. Drill ¼" holes every couple inches in the bottom of each box for drainage.
- Finish the boxes by filling the nail holes with an exterior, stainable, wood filler, like Elmer's ProBond Wood Filler. Once it has dried, lightly sand the boxes and stain each box with a different summer color to create a fun and vibrant look.
- Next, cut the vertical sides that support the boxes. Start by cutting the 2" x 6" red wood boards to 84". Then, cut a 13 degree angle at one end.
(Tip: The easiest way to mark the top angle is to lean the board past the corner of a building until the 13 degree angle at the base sits flush with the ground, and then draw a line using the edge of the building to mark the top angle to cut.)
- Once the top and bottom angles are marked and cut on one 2" x 6" red wood board, use it as a template to mark the top and bottom angles on the second board.
- Once you have two identical vertical boards, lean one against the wall and use a level to mark the top edge of all five planters. Make sure to evenly space them down the board. Then, place the boards next to each other and transfer the marks over so you can easily attach each planter box.
- Starting at the bottom, glue and nail each planter box to the vertical supports.
- Fill each planter box with potting soil and your favorite plants!
Created by Jared Walker Dostie | Licensed contractor and design expert