DIY Planter Box

About: I love to build DIY wood projects.

I built this DIY Planter Box few years back with pressure treated lumber and corrugated steel roof panels on the sides. Over the years we had many different vegetables grown in the planter box. I love how it looks and it holds a lot of dirt for vegetable plants with deep roots. Also, the box is at convenient height for taking care of the plants.


• 2x4x8' (x6)

• 2x6x8' (x3)

• 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws

• 2 1/2" Wood Screws

• Corrugated Steel Roof Panels (x4)

Tools for this project
• Drill

• Kreg Jig

• Miter Saw

• Tape Measure

Step 1: Cut and Assemble Long Sides

Since this planter box is for outdoors and will be exposed to moister, it’s a good idea to use pressure treated wood. Pleasure treated wood is commonly used for outdoor fencing. Start with making the long side of the planter box. Cut boards per provided dimensions in the cut list and drill pocket holes using Kreg Jig. Assemble using 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws. You will need two long sides and two short sides.

Step 2: Assemble Short Side

Similar to step 1, cut per dimensions provided in the cut list and assemble using 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws. The 26" long 2x4 will need to have 3 pocket holes drilled on each side. These pocket holes will be used to attach to the long sides of the planter box.

Step 3: Attach Both Short and Long Sides Together

Place all sides on a flat surface and attach using 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws.

Step 4: Add Bottom Blocks

Flip the planter box upside down. Take 2x6 and cut 5 boards to 29" in length. Place two boards at each side and the remaining three evenly spaced out. Then attach all boards with 2 1/2" Wood Screws.

Step 5: Place Sheet Metal Inside

The bottom of the box will need to be covered with either a flat sheet metal or with Corrugated Steel Roof Panel. Drill bunch of 1/4" holes thru metal for water drainage.

Step 6: Fasten Corrugated Steel Roof Panels

For the last step, place Corrugated Steel Roof Panels on all four sides attaching it with wood screws. Use red sheet metal snips to cut panels for the short sides. Using wood screws attach one 2x4 on top. This will prevent the box from coming apart once dirt is added inside. Metal angle or metal wire could be an alternative to 2x4 on top if you prefer not to use it.

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    2 Discussions


    Question 1 day ago

    Nice retrospective piece. I was wondering about the corners and how you manage soil getting around the galvanized. Do you use landscape fabric as a final step before filling with soil?

    1 answer

    Answer 9 hours ago

    I used Butyl tape for metal roofing in the corners. I'm sure there are better ways to seal the corners. I'm sure landscape fabric will work.