Hey everyone! Well, if you saw my previous post, than you already know I didn’t get my “Build it with 2x4s” challenge project completed in time for the August At Home DIY Challenge. But hey, better late than never, right! So here is the project I created using mostly 2×4 boards (with a little bit of lattice thrown in)! We have a space in front of our shop, between the two roll-up doors that had really been needing something to fill the space to make it both functional and decorative. So, I decided to build a DIY planter box bench seat. I added the trellis to give it some charm and to help fill the space a little bit because the shop building is so tall.
DIY Planter Box Bench Seat Materials List:
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DIY Planter Box Bench Seat Wood List:
TIP: if you have a planer, you can purchase the construction grade redwood for cheaper than the more expensive, nicer redwood boards. Once you run the boards through the planer, most of the defects disappear. (Just be sure to check the boards carefully to ensure they are straight and do not have cracks or large knots before buying)
DIY Planter Box Bench Seat Cut List:
|2||2×4||12″||with a 1″ x 1 1/2″ cut out at each end (see photos below)|
|6||2×4||19″||2 with a 45 degree miter at each end; 4 with a 45 degree miter at one end and a 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ section cut out at the opposite end|
|2||Redwood Garden lattice||16″ x 56″|
|1||Redwood Garden lattice||20″ x 35″|
DIY Planter Box Bench Seat Instructions:
- Cut the 2×4 boards for the planter box/bench legs:
- Cut two 2×4 boards to 78″ in length each.
- Cut two 2×4 boards to 16″ in length each.
- Cut the boards for the planter box sides:
- Cut 16 2×4 boards to 10″ in length each
- Cut 16 2×4 boards to 14 1/2″ in length each.
- Drill two 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each end of one side of the 10″ and 14 1/2″ 2×4 boards.
4. Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws, build the left and right side planter box side panels:
- Attach four 10″ 2×4 boards to the 1 1/2″ side of the 2×4 legs. Leave a 1/2″ gap between the bottom of the legs and the first board, and between each additional board.
(QUICK TIP: Build the 16″ tall side panels first, then lay them on top of the 78″ boards and line them up perfectly, mark the location of the top board on the taller legs.)
5. Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws, attach the front and back planter box boards:
- Attach the 14 1/2″ 2×4 boards between the two side panels, so the front of the boards are flush with the edge of the side panels.
6. Cut and attach the 2×4 boards for the bench:
- Cut four 2×4 boards to 32″ in length each
- Drill two 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each end of one side of each board
- Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach the 32″ boards to each planter box. The top of the bench boards should be flush with the top boards on the planter boxes and the front and back bench boards should be flush with the front and back legs. There should be a 1″ gap between each board. Pocket holes should face down.
7. Cut and attach the 2×4 lattice support boards (these are the boards the lattice will attach to in a future step).
- Cut four 2×4 boards to 10″ in length each.
- Drill two 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each end of one side of each board.
- Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws to attach one 10″ 2×4 6″ above the top of the planter box, between the two 78″ legs on each planter box, and then attach one 10″ 2×4 flush with the top of the 78″ legs on each planter box. Pocket holes should face in towards the bench.
8. Cut and attach the top front and back trellis boards:
- Cut two 2×4 boards to 47″ in length each
- Trace a rounded curve on each end of each 2×4 and cut using a jig saw.
- Attach one of the 47″ boards to the front of the two front legs, making sure it is centered, using 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws (predrill holes first). Attach the other 47″ 2×4 to the back of the two back legs, again attaching with 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws. The top of each board should be flush with the top of the legs.
9. Cut and attach the top planter box trim boards:
- Cut two 2×4 boards to 19″ in length each long end to long end, with each end mitered to 45º
- Cut four 2×4 boards to 19″ in length, with one end mitered to 45º and the other end with a 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ section cut out with a jig saw, two of these boards will be flipped and attached in the mirror image.
- Cut two 2×4 boards to 12″ in length each. On each end, use a jig saw to cut out a 1″ x 1 1/2″ section.
- Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws (predrill first), attach the planter box trim boards to the top of the planter box on each side. Make sure the inner diameter of the trim boards is 12″ front to back and side to side.
10. Cut (using either table saw or circular saw) and attach the lattice strips:
- Cut two lattice strips to 16″ x 56″
- Cut one lattice strip to 20″ x 35″
- Use the brad nail gun and 1″ brad nails to attach each 16×56 lattice strip to the inside edge, between the front and back legs
- Use the brad nail gun and 1″ brad nails to attach the 20×35 lattice strip to the top of the trellis, just above the bench area.
11. Sand the planter bench and then apply three coats of exterior polyurethane to seal and protect the wood.
12. Once dry, add a 12″ square plastic planter pot to each planter box (I purchased these at Home Depot, but there is a link above to similar pots on Amazon).
Lastly, add some nice plants to each planter box (I planted Hibiscus) and enjoy your beautiful new bench!
Be sure to check out some of my previous monthly challenge projects:
- February: DIY Master Closet Makeover
- March: DIY Wall Sconce from Upcycled Glass Light Shades
- April: DIY Board and Batten Walls: Entryway/Hallway Update
- May: DIY Brick Garden Borders and Edging
- June: DIY Pottery Barn Inspired End Tables
- July: DIY Large Entryway Sign: Cricut Project
Also be sure to check out the amazing projects created for the August challenge by participants in the At Home DIY Challenge: