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Flower boxes are a convenient place for planting annual blooming beauties. They are small enough that you can move them to different places for more sun or shade to suit the flowers. Replanting in a flower box is easier than in a large garden that requires turning the soil. Flower box soil is easy to turn by hand. You can make a flower box with a thick plastic liner to hold in moisture and lessen watering needs. This enables you to make any size you want without the need to house a plastic planter inside the box.
Put on safety glasses. Place the tip of a measuring tape on a 1-by-8-inch board, stretch it the length of the board and lock it open. Mark a cutting line onto the board at the 16-, 32-, 40- and 48-inch marks with a carpenter’s pencil.
Cut with a circular saw along the cutting lines to create the four sides of the flower box. You will have two 16-inch sides and two 8-inch ends.
Measure and mark a rectangle 16 inches by 9 1/4 inches on a 1/4 sheet of 1/2-inch plywood. Cut along the lines with a circular saw. This piece is the bottom of the flower box.
Sand the cut sides of each piece of wood with 150-grit fine sandpaper.
Place the 8-inch ends and the 16-inch sides together to form a rectangle. Place the longer sides on the outside of the shorter ends so the edges are flush. Apply wood glue to each corner junction and allow it to become tacky.
Insert a 1/8-inch drill bit into a drill. Measure from the tip of the bit up to the drill and place a piece of masking tape at the 3 1/4 inch mark. Lay the flower box on a flat surface with one 16-inch side pointing up. Drill a hole near the top and bottom on each end of the side going through the short ends at the depth of the masking tape on the bit. Turn the flower box over and repeat this process on the other side.
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Place a 1/4-inch drill bit in the drill. Drive a 1/4-inch galvanized screw into each drilled hole until the screw head sinks below the surface.
Drill 1/2-inch drainage holes in the bottom of the flower box. Space the holes about every 3 inches in all directions.
Turn the flower box over so the bottom opening is facing up. Center the bottom piece of plywood on the flower box so all edges are flush. Drill pilot holes as on the sides with a 1/8 inch drill bit at the same depth as on the sides about 2 inches apart on all four sides. The holes will go through the plywood bottom and into the sides. Drive a galvanized screw into each pilot hole.
Dip a forefinger into a tub of the 1 last update 2020/07/13 wood putty. Place wood putty in each depression over each screw head. Wipe the putty smooth and flush with the wood. Allow the wood putty to dry according to the package directions.Dip a forefinger into a tub of wood putty. Place wood putty in each depression over each screw head. Wipe the putty smooth and flush with the wood. Allow the wood putty to dry according to the package directions.
Sand the surface lightly over each area of wood putty so it is smooth with the surrounding wood.
Apply wood sealer with a paintbrush to all inside and outside surfaces of the flower box. Let the wood sealer dry according to the package instructions.
Place a roll of heavy black plastic sheeting on a flat surface next to the flower box. Pull the loose end of plastic over to the box. Staple the plastic onto the top of a long side with a staple gun. Smooth the plastic down the inside of the box and staple it to the bottom. Smooth the plastic across the bottom and up the opposite side of the flower box. Staple the plastic all the way around the bottom. Smooth the plastic up each of the four sides of the box and staple it to the tops of all four sides. Cut off excess plastic lining with scissors.
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Turn the flower box over on a the 1 last update 2020/07/13 long side. Puncture the black plastic with scissors from the inside out in each drainage hole.Turn the flower box over on a long side. Puncture the black plastic with scissors from the inside out in each drainage hole.
Place rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the planter. Add potting soil and plants.
Things You Will Need
- Safety glasses
- Measuring tape
- Carpenter’s pencil
- 1 1-by-8-inch board (6 feet long)
- 1/4 sheet 1/2-inch plywood
- Circular saw
- Fine sandpaper (150 grit)
- Wood glue
- Masking tape
- 1/8-inch drill bit
- 1/4-inch drill bit
- 1/4-inch galvanized screws (3 inches long)
- 1/2-inch drill bit
- Wood putty
- Wood sealer
- Heavy black plastic sheeting (4 mil or thicker)
- Staple gun
- Rocks or pebbles
- Potting soil
- Countersinking the screws on a project allows it to sit for 1 last update 2020/07/13 flat and hides the screws.Countersinking the screws on a project allows it to sit flat and hides the screws.
- You can paint a flower box instead of sealing the wood. Add brightly colored wood decorations to a flower box with hot glue.
- Use redwood or cedar wood for a flower box and let it weather naturally instead of finishing the wood.
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