DIY Planter Box or Crate from Cedar Fence Boards. This easy woodworking crate can be used so many ways.
Building this crate is a great introduction to simple woodworking. This DIY planter box or crate from fence boards is inexpensive and being cedar it holds up to the weather.
Recently, I shared how to propagate Dahlia’s from cuttings and I showed the tubers planted shallowly in this wood crate.
I am not proficient at woodworking but I can build this simple crate and so can you.
Simple woodworking crate
I cut 4 boards to size (you can choose your size). My box is 24″ x 12″ so these 4 boards are 24″ long.
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Attach some scrap wood to the two bottom pieces so it would make “feet” for my box, better drainage. You will notice there is a gap between the boards, that is also for drainage.
The fence boards are 5.5 inches wide so the box will have a depth of close to 6 inches. The thickness of each boards is about 1/2 an inch but be aware that cedar fence boards vary from board to board so don’t count on a squared up project.
Here is the box all put together. You can see the gap in the bottom. The side pieces are about 11″, and sit inside the front and back piece.
I used my Ryobi Airstrike to attach everything together.
I LOVE that thing. You can also just use nails and a hammer or a screw gun. If you use screws be sure to pre-drill your holes to prevent splitting.
You will notice in the photo the wood looks a little darker inside. That is organic tung oil or a cutting board oil. It is safe for contact with food.
I painted it on the inside of the box to provide a protective finish so moisture will just run off. I did not put it on the outside as I am going to paint that.
I had fun painting this using the same motifs as I presented in my veggie painting tutorials.
Click here to go to my Learn how to paint website and choose from a variety of designs to paint on your box or click on the link in my navigation bar.
I painted the exterior of the entire box with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in Delicate. Then I added my hand-painted veggies.
Here are the veggies before I added the lettering.
This is the first half…
and the second.
And here is the finished planter box or crate.
I finished the outside of the box with an exterior Satin water based varathane.
Happy Building and Painting!
I also this for a Back Door Herb Garden, check it out HERE.
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