Assembling the Planter

  1. Cut one 11-inch by 48-inch bottom piece (D) from exterior grade plywood.
  2. This is one of those times when you probably need a willing helper (or sixteen of your own hands). You now have a long front section, a long back section, and two short side sections. Each of the sections has two attached support pieces: one that is flush with the edges, and one that is offset by 1 inch. The flush supports belong at the top of the assembled planter, and the offset supports brace the plywood bottom.

Place the two assembled side sections between the front and back sections, fitting the plywood bottom (D) over the lower supports as shown in Figure 2. Note that the vertical pieces (A) on the front and back sections overlap the edges of the vertical pieces (A) on the side sections.

  1. Glue and screw the sections together on the ends, using several 3-1/2-inch-long screws on each corner to make certain that the assembly is secure. Then glue and screw the plywood bottom (D) to the lower supports all the way around the planter. Use the 2-inch-long screws for this assembly, placing one about every six inches.
  2. Now take a break. That last step was a killer.
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