How to Make a Planter Box

Duration: 49:15

Here’s a great way to green up your patio, backyard, deck or any other outdoor space. Build a couple of these planter boxes, and a potted plant, and you can place the box anywhere you want. Here’s a warning; plan on making a bunch of these. When people see them, EVERYONE will want one. This is a simple project, but it will teach you a lot of great woodworking tips.


Since these will be living outside (they are planter boxes after all) you should choose a material can readily live outside. We use cedar for the planter boxes made in the video, but here are some alternative choices: white oak, ipe, mahogany. You can use other materials if you’re careful about sealing the wood to protect them from the weather.


Since the planter box will be outside it’s important to choose the right glue. One choice would be Titebond II, and another would be Titebond III. Either choice will give you the protection you need to insure the bonds you create stand up.


We have a theme going. This project will live outside, so be careful about choosing your fasteners. Anything that can be used on a deck can be used on this project. It’s important that the fasteners are coated so they don’t start to rust and stain the material. Even if you’re painting the complete project, you need to use coated fasteners.

Another planter

Here’s a project we’ve designed that’s very popular; a standing planter box. This works great for flowers, vegetables, and more. The planter is about waist high, so there’s no bending to do your gardening.


Not every project needs to be an outdoor project. We’ve got more woodworking projects for you to choose from.

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16 Responses to “How to Make a Planter Box”
    • Customer Service
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  1. Maria

    The blog Woodworkers GOA is literally one of the Best woodworking Communities anywhere. I read it almost every day and I’m also so grateful…:P. I recently found it helped me not only found great ideas but also cool woodworking projects, I hope it helps some others! Good luck, guys!

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Mark. The video includes all of the instruction that you should need to build the project. There is not a written plan the accompanies the video. Please let us know if you have questions as you build this project. Best of luck.
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

  2. Ernesto Dorado Jr.
    Ernesto Dorado Jr.

    On the download, what is the second cut list for? Single planter? I bought enough material for the second cut list set the intention of only building one planter. Do I have the correct cut list?

  3. Mark Neese
    Mark Neese

    The cut list shows 20 – 3 1/2” sides. Shouldn’t there be 24?

  4. Robert Nevarez
    Robert Nevarez

    What is the bit you used to pre-drill also size? Please and thank you

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      That’s called a countersink bit and it has a tapered bit. Here’s an example:
      I don’t know the exact size that was used there, but you want to drill a hole that is slightly larger than the screw on the top board, and one that is slightly smaller than the screw on the bottom board. The tapered bit allows you to drill both holes with one setup.

      Woodworkers Guild of America

  5. Dave Engstrom
    Dave Engstrom

    If you put a 4 ft whip hose on your stapler, it would be a lot easier to get into tight spots like that box.

  6. TOM

    Ok, I’m a little lost here. The cut list for the Frames makes each frame piece 12 1/2 inches long so each side then would be 12 1/2 PLUS the thickness of the adjoining side which is 3/4 inches for a total side length of 13 1/4. If I lay 4 1X4’s edge to edge along the side I have 14 inches in width. If I move the two end boards out 3/4 of an inch to overlap the edges of the next side I end up with 12 1/2 inches of edge t edge boards along a side that is 13 1/4 inches long. So I have room for 1/4 inch of spacing between those boards. I the video it appears that George has about twice that much of a gap. Am I mis-reading something here? Or have the dimensions been changed since the video?

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Tom,

      It’s ok if the spacing isn’t identical to George’s, as you might be just dealing with differences in the width of your stock. I suggest making the spacing as even as possible, and ripping your 1 x 8 to a width that makes the spacing consistent on the other two sides.

      Best of luck,
      Paul, Woodworkers Guild of America