Introduction: Cedar Planters Made From Fence Wood

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This cedar planter project is made from both cedar fence board, and a couple of old pallet boards. I had just put this fence board up to replace one my neighbors dog broke, and a few days later, he plowed through the bottom of this one too. Why throw it out when 5 feet of it are still good?!

Let's get to work!

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Fence Boards

Pallet Boards

Ryobi Drill

Countersink Bits

Wood Glue

Galvanized Screws (weather resistant)

Step 1: Cuts

First off, I cut the fence boards down into a division of 8 even pieces. You can definitely change your dimensions as much as you'd like, the concepts here would still apply. But 8 pieces are needed.

Then I cut 4 pieces of the pallet wood for my supports. These will need to be as long as the planter is high, so about 10" in my case.

Step 2: Fasten 2 Sides

Then I glued on the fence boards to 2 of the pallet wood pieces.

After gluing, I pre-drilled a few holes and counter sank them to prevent any splitting from the screw.

I will repeat this step twice so I will have 2 completed sides. The only wood left will be 4 pieces of fence board.

Step 3: Fasten Front and Back

For the front and back, I pre-drilled some holes and counter sank them again.

I applied glue to the side piece edges and show in the image, and then screwed them in!

This is all really coming together at this point and it's time to give it a good sanding with 80 grit sandpaper.

Sanding really is optional, but I'll be applying some cedar sealer later and I think this will help with the application.

Step 4: Fasten the Bottom

The last piece to assemble is the bottom.

Again, I just used some fence boards (this came from a new board because I ran out of the broken fence piece).

I glued, pre-drilled, and then screwed in the bottom pieces. This will ultimately be resting on the ground so it will not bear the entire weight of the dirt and plants.

Step 5: Finish It Up!

Lastly but definitely not least, I applied some sealer to the inside and outside of these planters in hopes that they will last for several years.

Not shown here, but I did add some weed fabric at the bottom to hold the dirt into these pots - otherwise it would have just washed right out and no one wants that.

These are perfect little pieces for add to my brand new deck I built and by planting lemongrass in them, it is my hope that they will repel the mosquitoes that are a pest in Austin, TX.

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