Cedar Planters Made From Fence Wood

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Introduction: Cedar Planters Made From Fence Wood

About: I am an obsessed DIYer, Woodworker, and home flipper. I am not a professional or have any training, so I just pick the project I want to tackle and figure it out step by step. I picked up my first project at…

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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Supplies

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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    Fortium
    Fortium

    10 months ago on Step 5

    While cedar is a very good choice of wood (resistant to the elements, rot, etc), for planters I have made myself, I always seal he interior space with a coat of non-toxic Rubberseal, (white). It is perfectly safe for plants (if you were growing edibles, for example) and will prolong the life of your boxes dramatically. I have also used it to seal concrete bird baths and other items frequently exposed to moisture or water. No, I am not affiliated with that company in any way, just a very happy customer.

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    justmightdiy
    justmightdiy

    10 months ago

    These look so nice! Great job.

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    marymac1000
    marymac1000

    10 months ago on Step 5

    Good-looking planters! Suggest you fill them with heavy soil & place them against the fence where the dog keeps breaking through! Maybe even stake them in place with star pickets.

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    jakekaiser
    jakekaiser

    10 months ago

    Nice job, they look great and right about mosquitoes I grew up next to Galveston now live 100 miles east of y’all 😁! I’m working on similar build just st twice the size with idea of casters on them to move! Thanks for the tip on the inside, I was thinking about what to use.

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    ecuadorhawk2
    ecuadorhawk2

    10 months ago on Introduction

    HI! I really like the planters; I'm thinking that leaving the bottom off will stop and water from warping them, etc. and also make them much easier to move. What do you think?