How to Build a Planter Bench - This Old House - Machine industry and woodworking


Senior technical editor Mark Powers demonstrates how to assemble a bench between two planters made from stacked cedar boards. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for How to Build a Planter Bench:
- cedar 2×4s. Get twenty 8-foot boards to make the 16[FRACTION 12]-inch planter pieces and the 82 1/2-inch-long seat frame.
- cedar 1 1/4×6s. Get four 6-foot boards to make the 63-inch-long seat, and one 8-foot board to trim the tall planter.
- 3/4-inch gravel, for drainage below the planters and to fill the assembled planters. Get at least 1 1/2 cubic feet (three bags).
- potting soil, to top off the planters filled with gravel. Get four 32-quart bags.
- construction adhesive. Get 4 tubes.
- 3-inch stainless-steel deck screws
- 2-inch stainless-steel deck screws
- 3-inch galvanized siding nails
- 12-inch galvanized spikes Get eight

Tools for How to Build a Planter Bench:
- 4-foot level
- miter saw
- circular saw
- jigsaw
- Speed Square
- drill/driver fitted with a 3/8-inch paddle bit
- garden spade
- hammer
- hand tamper
- caulk gun

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