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Nothing makes a home look more inviting -- and well-cared for -- than wooden planter boxes outside each window. With a few tools, you can make planter boxes for each of your windows at very little cost. The best way to construct several planter boxes

How to Construct a Planter Box

Nothing makes a home look more inviting -- and well-cared for -- than wooden planter boxes outside each window. With a few tools, you can make planter boxes for each of your windows at very little cost. The best way to construct several planter boxes of the same size is to set up a production line: do all the cutting, then the sanding, followed by the painting. Making four 32-inch-wide window boxes is easy, with just a few simple instructions.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

Three 10-foot-long pieces of 1 by 8 pressure-treated lumberTwo 6-foot-long pieces of 1 by 9 pressure-treated lumberTable saw with rip fencePaperPencilNailElectric drill/driver3/32-inch drill bit1/2-inch drill bit1 1/8-inch-long No. 10 galvanised screws100-grit sandpaperPrimerBrushesPaint

Instructions

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How to Construct a Planter Box

Set the rip fence of your table saw 32 inches to the right of your blade. Make a cut to square off one end of a piece of 1 by 8 pressure-treated lumber. Set the squared end of the lumber against the rip fence and make a cut through the board. You now have one 32-inch-long piece of 1 by 8. Cut two more 32-inch-long pieces from the first 10-foot-long 1 by 8. Begin a new 10-foot-long board and cut three more 32-inch long pieces of lumber. Then begin the third 10-foot-long board, cutting two 32-inch long pieces from that. You now have eight pieces of 1 by 8, each 32 inches long. These are the fronts and back of the planter boxes. Leave the guide where it is. Repeat the cutting sequence to cut four pieces of 1 by 9, each 32 inches long. These pieces are the bottoms of your planter boxes.

2 Move the guide on your table saw to 8 inches to the right of your blade. Using the scrap left over from cutting the fronts and backs of the planter boxes, cut eight pieces of 1 by 8, each 8 inches long. These are the sides of the planter boxes.

3 Cut a strip of paper one inch wide by 71/4 inches long. Draw a line down the centre of the strip. Make three marks on the line. The first should be 1 inch from the top of the strip of paper; the second 3 5/8 inches from the top of the strip of paper; and the third 6 1/4 inches from the top. Lay the strip of paper on one end of one of the 32-inch-long 1 by 8s. Transfer the marks to the wood by pressing the sharp end of a nail through the mark on the paper so that it makes a mark on the wood. Repeat for the other end of the 32-inch-long piece of lumber. Now mark the other seven pieces of the 32-inch-long 1 by 8s.

4 Make a similar piece of paper 32 inches long and mark it -- at an edge, not in the middle -- at 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 24, 27, and 31 inches. Lay the strip of paper along one side of a 32-inch-long 1 by 9 and transfer the marks to the wood. Do the same thing on the other side. Repeat to mark the remaining three 32-inch-long 1 by 9s. On each end of each piece of 1 by 9, make a mark 3 5/8 inches from the top and a 1/2 inch from the end.

5 Drill a pilot hole at each mark on the 12 boards. Use an electric drill and a 3/32-inch drill bit. Make sure to hold the drill perpendicular to the surface you are drilling.

6 Assemble the planter boxes by running a bead of carpenter's glue along the path of the three holes drilled in the front and back of each planter. Butt the front and back up against the two sides of the planter -- the 8-inch-long 1 by 8s. Using an electric driver, screw the sides, front and back of the planter together. Turn the planter over and attach the bottom the same way. Drill three 1/2-inch holes in the bottom of each planter for drainage.

7 Sand the interior and exterior of the four planters using 100-grit sandpaper. Use a block or a detail electric sander. Apply one coat of primer and two coats of exterior paint to the interior and exterior of each planter after the glue dries.

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