This simple and elegant planter bench project is ideal for the porch, patio, or pool. Filled with plants and flowers, it will define a corner of the porch or patio with style.

Featuring all straight cuts and modular construction, the project allows the builder to decide what combination of planter boxes and connecting benches works best for their own space. Bills of material are included for individual boxes and benches, as well as for the combination pictured.

The planter bench as pictured is built from redwood for its beauty, strength, and durability, although other woods can be substituted if properly treated. The finished planter boxes measure about 20.5 inches square by 17 inches tall, and the benches measure 36 inches long by 15 inches wide.

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  1. Ed O'Flaherty
    Ed O'Flaherty

    Had build a similar project years ago with discarded cedar deck boards the boss (AKA the wife) loved it. The project was expropriated by a son when he installed a pool in his own yard a few years ago. Time to make another.

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    • Customer Service
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      Here is the link for the Planter Bench Plans:

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      Please let us know if you are still unable to view the plans!

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          Hi Judith. In order to view the plans you do need to be a premium member. You will need to login with your username and password. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-253-0822.
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          Hi Jeffrey. I am sorry you are having trouble viewing the plans. You do need to be logged in with your username and password. Please try hard refreshing the page or using a different browser. If you are still unable to view the plans, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-253-0822 and they can assist you with this.
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        Hi Tommy. You will need to be logged into your membership in order to download the plans.
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  2. David and Lori Nimmons
    David and Lori Nimmons

    I CAN not wait to add this project to my list of completed tasks

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  3. w6jhb
    w6jhb

    Nice looking bench/planter combo, but I question the use of nail to assemble it. Seems to me that the wild changes in weather & humidity from season to season would cause enough wood movement to make them come loose. Wouldn’t stainless screws be better here?

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    • F.Robert Sweezy
      F.Robert Sweezy

      I used galvanized nails on mine which I built in 1997 and it has stayed together nicely. I did use deck screws on a repair made 3 or 4 years ago but regret it as they are unsightly.

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  4. Norman E Parker
    Norman E Parker

    I love WWGOA. It has made me better woodworker. Still a lot to learn and tools to get.

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  5. john robinson
    john robinson

    ods can be substituted if properly treated. The finished planter boxes measure about 20.5 inches square by 17 inches tall, and the benches measure 36 inches long by 15 inches wide.

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  6. John
    John

    Plan will not download. Clicking on “download plan” puts it into continuous loop. Tried several different, all with the same results. This is my first download after signing up for Premium membership – hopefully its not a sign of things to come!

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      Hi John. We are sorry you are having trouble with downloading the plan. Please try hard refreshing the page or using a different browser. If you are still not able to download, please give our customer service team a call at 1-855-253-0822 and they can assist you.
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      Hi Charles. This is designed such that you would cut the hole to match the exact diameter of your put so that the pot rests on the plywood platform. For structural integrity I would suggest making the hole a maximum size of 11″ diameter. Paul-WWGOA

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      Hi James. To view the plans you will need to be logged into your account with your username and password. If you have any questions you can contact our customer service team at 1-855-253-0822.
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    • Customer Service
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      Hi John. To view the plans you will need to log into your membership with your username and password. If you have any questions, please give our customer service team a call at 1-855-253-0822.
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  7. David
    David

    I bought these same plans about 10 years back, glad to see they’re still a popular design.

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      Hi Terry. In order to view the plans you need to be logged into your membership with your username and password. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-253-0822.
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    • Customer Service
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      Hi Bruce. I am sorry, in order to view the plans you do need to have a membership. I do see that your membership has expired. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-253-0822.
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    • Customer Service
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      Hi Terry. To access the plans, you will need to be logged into your membership. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-253-0822.
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      Hi Eric. In order to view the plans you need to be logged in to your membership. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team at 1-855-253-0822.
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  8. Raj Vaddi
    Raj Vaddi

    i am looking to a front porch bench and this project seems like a great fit for my front porch. Greatly appreciate the effort put in place to have it available for every one.

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  9. Richard Gell
    Richard Gell

    I’m logged in and have tried two different browsers and still can’t get the link for the plans to work

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  10. F.Robert Sweezy
    F.Robert Sweezy

    I built an eerily similar bench/planter set back in 1997 for our deck. 3 planters with 2 benches connecting them. It was all pressure-treated stock and has been outside for 23 years withstanding the test of time and the elements. My bench seats were from 2×6 stock and the boxes were made from 1×6 boards. I lined each box with felt paper before filling with dirt. If I had to do it over again I would have made the floor of the planter box about 10 inches from the top. My box floor is currently is only 1″ from the bottom so it is extremely heavy when filled with dirt.

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  11. Robert White
    Robert White

    This is going to be very good. One for the back deck and one for the front

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  12. CHRISTINE
    CHRISTINE

    Had a planter bench just like this at a former home. Loved changing out the flowers seasonally and sitting there with my coffee in the morning. I’ve missed it, but now I can make one for my current home. Thanks!

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    • Customer Service
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      Hello James!

      Make sure you’re logged into your membership and your plans are available!

      Thank you!

      Jessica
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    • Customer Service
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      Hello Fidel. Thank you for your feedback. I have forwarded your comment to the proper department. We value your opinion and it will help with the development of our online streaming community.
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      Jean
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