Raised planter for the Master Gardener in the family

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Project by jiggles posted 03-19-2016 11:45 AM 1487 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As much as this was a fairly simple project to build it still warrants publishing I think. Even treated lumber can take on an element of elegance with a few added elements.

To start with, this was a birthday present for my wife, all she wanted was a raised garden. Problem is that we don’t have a piece of flat ground that is 4’ X 8’ to put a raised garden on!

Four yards of sand later, a wheel barrow at a time, 1-1/2 yards of crushed granite (a wheel barrow at a time too), leveling the border blocks, then finally placing the simple box and stepping stones – presto a raised planter.

The planter was made with 3 – 2 X 12 X 8’, 3 – 2 X 6 X 10’’, 2 – 4 X 4 X 8’, a couple of 1 lb boxes of decking screws 3 1/2” and 3” long and a roll of hardware cloth with staples. Less than a $100. Assembly was standard butt joint and screw. I didn’t even cut the 8’ sides. Cut the ends from the other 8’ (1 cut). Cut 10 – 4×4 X 11 1/4”, 4 – 4 X 4 X 9”. The first for the legs and the latter for corner braces which are on the inside of the box. On the braces, I cut away an 1 1/2” square from one corner from each brace. This so I could screw the braces to the sides and ends with 3” screws. I added the legs first and screwed from the inside then the braces were added, less screws to show. I added the hardware cloth to the bottom. And added the sitting ledges made out of the 2 X 6’s. I made the end pieces long to create a butt joint, cut off the ends at a 45 degree angle and screwed the butt joint together thru these angles. The cut ends will save a few shin scrapes.

Next comes the plantings which as wood workers we could care less about and shouldn’t be covered in this section.

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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#1 posted 03-19-2016 12:59 PM

Nice. She will enjoy that! Wife and I went through Master Gardner program in early 90’s but haven’t been active in it in a long while. She still enjoys gardening and working in yard. A new potting bench is on my to-do list. Don’t be surprised when a second bed is requested :-)

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#2 posted 03-19-2016 02:50 PM

Oh, that has already come up. She wants to put a 2 tier bed in front of the sand hill.

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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#3 posted 03-19-2016 04:48 PM

I like it, simple yet very functional. I also like gardening, maybe that explains my slow learning in woodworking?

-- Paul M

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 06:04 PM


-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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