DIY slatted planter box // raised garden | with plans

Hey there and welcome to DIY Montreal.
I'm Marie and today I'm going to show you how I built this huge outdoor
planter. Now I'm building this planter for a friend who had some very specific
requests. Number one: well she wanted it to be huge! And she wants it to be really
deep inside so she can plant some deep-rooted vegetables.
Number two: she wanted it to have really thin slats with spaces in between so
it'll look like this picture she saw on Pinterest. Number three: well of
course she doesn't want to see any of the screws, so they'll all be hidden. I'm
almost done with this one I still need to add the liner on the inside but let
me show you how I built it. Let's get started! I'm going to be building a few
of these planters so I got a whole stack of 1 by 6 fence boards cedar would have
been ideal but my friend brought me treated pine and that'll work just as
well I also got a bunch of cedar 2×4 that I'll be using for the inner
supports and last but not least a ton of decking screws at the miter station I
started by trimming off the end of all the fence boards to get a square clean
crisp edge after a few cuts I realized I forgot to put on my respirator and I
definitely don't want to be breathing in the chemicals from the treated lumber so
I slipped on my mask and continued trimming all the board ends with that
done I set my stop block so I could cut all my boards to their final length
ensuring they would be consistent in size next I'm going to rip down the
boards on the table saw but I noticed these boards were really wet and was
afraid it might set off the brake on my table saw so I activated the bypass mode
to do a test I ran the first board through keeping an eye out for any red
blinking lights but it was all green so looks like I should be good to go I'm
going to cut two slats from each board I first started by trimming off the
rounded edge from one side of all my boards I could then move my fence in and
lock it down to the final width and run the board through twice in order to end
up with two equally sized slots I then repeated this for all of my boards until
I ended up with a nice stack of slats I have plans available for this build
and you'll find a link down in the description below next I'm going to cut
the pieces for the inner frame from these cedar two by fours just add before
I use the stop block to cut equally sized pieces then over at the table saw
I first ripped off one edge then move the fence in then rip my two pieces
ending up with eight identical square vertical supports to assemble the
planner I'm going to assemble one side at a time into a panel then connect the
four panels like an interlocking puzzle I laid out all of the slots for one of
the long sides and lined up the first slot to the very top inside of my
workbench I then clamped it down so I could use it as a stop and added a
couple of small spacers between each slat making sure to line up the side of
each slat with the edge of my workbench next I dropped in some vertical supports
that I'll be using to assemble the panel like I said before the panels will fit
together like a puzzle so I need to leave a gap on each end that's the size
of the slot so I'll simply clamp one to the edge like so I could then position
my vertical support and line up the top with the edge of the first slot I then
drilled a pilot hole to avoid splitting and drove in a decking screw with my
first screw in I could just work my way down making countersink pilot holes and
driving screws making sure the boards were snug to the spacer and flush with
the edge of the workbench I repeated the same process on the other side of the
panel first lining up the support at the top then drilling and driving screws one
slat at a time my workbench was too small so I eventually moved the panel
making sure to keep the side aligned with the edge of the workbench and
continued the process until all this lats were secured
for additional support I'm adding two more supports in the middle I space them
out evenly and used a large speed square to make sure they were perpendicular to
the slats then added some more screws after first making countersink pilot
holes with one side assembled I repeated the process to make a second identical
panel then moved on to making the two shorter sides in the same manner okay so
time for a little PSA you'll notice in this video I use my blade guard on every
cut and I also made sure to have the saws anti-kickback pulse down while this
is always good practice it's especially important when working with dimensional
lumber that tends to be bowed cupped or warped safety first
okay so just as before I laid out all my slats and line up the first one to the
top corner and clamped it down I then use spacers to lay out all the slats the
difference here is that the side panel needs a large space on the side so here
I'm using one of the vertical supports as a spacer the other difference is that
I'm going to pre-drill some pilot holes that I'll later use to attach the four
panels together if you're interested I have plans available for purchase that
include all the dimensions cut lists materials and 3d assembly diagrams
purchasing the plans for a few dollars help support me in bringing you this
free content and helps me continue to make more videos so thanks for your
support once all four panels are ready it's time
to assemble this planter so like I said before it should fit
together like a puzzle for now I'll just drop the pieces into place and add a few
clamps so I can come back and drive some screws to secure it using the
pre-drilled pilot holes I went around the box starting with the
top screws and progressively made my way down until I couldn't reach anymore if
you want details on the compact driver I'm using here or any of the tools that
I use be sure to check out the details in the description below at this point
it's time to get into the box did I mention this thing is huge I
wonder what exactly my friend intends to plant in here anyhow focusing back on
the task at hand I crouch down to insert the lower screws and it helps to use a
clamp here to squeeze the sides together as you do this with all of the sides now
securely connected it's time to get back out of the box and get to work on the
bottom frame just as for the vertical supports I
grabbed a cedar 2×4 that I cut to length on the miter saw then over the table saw
I ripped off one of the rounded edges move the fence in and then rip down some
square pieces that I'll use to make a frame
I laid out the pieces and drilled a pilot hole to avoid splitting the ends
now since my bit was too short I used the tip of the screw to mark the
other piece so I could then finish drilling the pilot hole and assemble the
corner with a three inch screw I went around like this securing all of the
corners to build a simple frame next I dropped in the frame just at the
top so I could mark out where the frame will get attached to the vertical
supports then it was just a matter of drilling countersink pilot holes where I
had marked them all up before dropping in the frame I inserted some off cuts
just above the bottom slot that will help catch the frame and support it in
place while I screw it in and just FYI I made the frame slightly undersized by
just a quarter inch to make sure it would easily fit so with the frame
sitting on the blocks I went around driving in some 3-inch screws into each
of the vertical supports because I made the frame undersized there were a few
gaps so I just dropped in a cedar shim to fill the gap I then scored it with a
utility knife and snapped it off I also added screws to the corners making a
pilot hole on the diagonal and driving in a screw so back out of the hole I
come to cut the slats that will make up the floor of the planner
I use full-sized fence ports for this using a stop block I bashed out a bunch
of pieces now I'm going to need to notch out the
first piece to fit around the vertical supports because I don't want to leave a
pocket in which the water might pool so after roughly marking it out I used a
jig saw to cut out the notches it really doesn't have to be perfect no one is
going to see it anyway since I'll be covered up by a weed barrier with the
notches cut I could drop in the first floor board and drive some screws into
the frame after first making some pilot holes
I added some spacers to allow for drainage and dropped in the next board
screwed it down and kept going like this board by board until I reached the next
vertical support I used my jig saw once again to cut out the notches then kept
going piece by piece until I reached the end I'm going to add a frame to cap the top
but I first need to drill some pocket holes using this little pocket hole jig
I made a hole between each of the vertical supports and this will allow me
to secure the top without any visible screws
with that done it's time to cut the upper frame with mitered corners so I
set my saw at a forty five degrees and made it first cut towards the end of a
board I then placed the board on top of the planner and lined up the corner so I
could mark out the opposite side I like to creep up on the cut first making a
cut just outside the line and then adjust and get the final cut just
perfect after a test fit I copied over the dimensions onto a second piece and
made the cut with the two long sides in place I measured and cut the shorter
side but as I can see it's slightly long so I'll just trim off a hair and test it
again perfect so I transfer that over to a
second piece and made the cut to help hold the frame together I'm adding
pocket screws to the four corners this will just help get all the miters
aligned and make it easier to keep everything aligned when it comes time to
securing it to the planner I dropped in the assemble frame and of
course I could see that the corners weren't lining up so I used some clamps
to force all four corners into alignment and locked it down
after that securing the top with some pocket screws was easy now in theory I should be using outdoor
pocket screws but between you and me you can use decking screws just as well the last step is to add a liner to hold
in all the soil so it doesn't slip through the cracks for this I'm using a
weed barrier I cut it to rough size and dropped it in then lined up one side
with the top edge and use a staple gun to attach it just under the lip I laid
out the weed barrier as best I could making sure to keep it loose so it won't
tear away once the soil is added I then kept stapling away up to the other side
and cut away the excess fabric I cut out another small piece for each
end making sure to overlap the seams and again use my staple gun to attach it
starting from the top edge and making sure it wasn't too tight with that done
it's time to test for drainage the weed barrier says it'll allow for water to
pass but after a quick test I could see that this wasn't at all the case
the water just sits there so I decided to poke a few holes through which should
allow the water to drain without letting out the soil and looking underneath I
can see that it's working this view also shows that I made the supports long
enough to leave a small gap underneath so the water could escape so that's a
wrap on this planner it looks like my cat doesn't seem too
sure about it but luckily for her my friend will soon be over to pick up her
new planter I can't wait to see what she plants in it and I'll be sure to post a
picture over on Instagram when she does if you want to grab the bill plans be
sure to check out the link in the description below hey I hope you liked
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